Stars of the show: The rolling, hardworking works of art on offer at MATS

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Tom Menges' 1986 Mack Superliner
This 1986 Mack Superliner is owned by Tom Menges, who has been an owner-operator since 1973. Menges bought the truck from the son of its original owner after it had been parked in a field for about 11 years. Most everything on the truck, however, remains still original.
Photos by Matt Cole

As the Mid-America Trucking Show wound down Saturday amid high winds in Louisville, Kentucky, the sun shone bright on the rigs on the show truck lot for the PKY Truck Beauty Championship, still shined up tight, as it were. 

Enjoy this glimpse of a few more of the rigs we've seen here at the show over the last few days. Stay tuned to Overdrive in the coming days for full results from the PKY competition, and watch over the coming weeks for videos featuring some of the standout rigs participating in the event.

Tom Menges' 1986 Mack Superliner at nightOne addition Menges made to the truck was adding lights to the bulldog's eyes on the back of the cab.

Timmie Cameron's 2023 Peterbilt 389Off-road uphill racer Timmie Cameron recently bought this 2023 Peterbilt 389 to pull his trailer to haul his racing equipment around the country.

Brian Cobb's 2019 Peterbilt 389Brian Cobb, a driver for Envision Logistics out of Owensboro, Kentucky, showed the company's 2019 Peterbilt 389 in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship.

Brian Cobb's 2019 Peterbilt 389 at nightBrian Cobb's 2019 Peterbilt 389 lit up during the lights show Thursday night at MATS.

Carson Mullins' 2007 Peterbilt 379Carson Mullins owns this 2007 Peterbilt 379 with his father
-- they lease it to U.S. Bulk. The truck is named "Second Chance."

Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900LLyndonville, Vermont-based Philip Rindelhardt is showing his 2000 Kenworth W900L. It's outfitted with hundreds of lights and numerous other custom touches.

Philip Rindelhardt's 2000 Kenworth W900L at nightRindelhardt's W9 at night.

John McCormick's 2021 Kenworth W900LOwner-operator John McCormick's "Bandit" 2021 Kenworth W900L was shining bright during Thursday night's light show.

[Related: Line up, shine up: Early views from the 2023 Mid-America Trucking Show]

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