Following up on his Pride & Polish National Championship showing at the Great American Trucking Show in 2016, Mike Manuel and his “Autism: One of Many” 2015 Peterbilt 389 and 2016 Mac curtainside earned Best of Show in the Builder’s Class category in this year’s GATS Pride & Polish.
Manuel, out of Front Royal, Va., built the rig for his daughter, Kara, who has autism. He also aims to bring awareness to and destigmatize autism with the truck.
Best of Show winners were announced in five categories during the show – working bobtail, working combo, limited-mileage bobtail, limited-mileage combo and builders class – along with the People’s Choice winner in a ceremony held at GATS on Aug. 26.
Picking up Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Bobtail category was Jake Lindamood, out of Irving, Texas, and his 1988 Peterbilt 379. Lindamood built on last year’s showing, when he earned first place at GATS in 2016 in the Company Truck Bobtail class. Brandon Avant’s “The Mistress,” a 2010 Peterbilt 389 was runner-up in the category.
Guilford, Conn.-based Jon Donadio’s 1996 Kenworth W900 and 2018 East trailer earned Best of Show honors in the Working Combo class.
In the Working Bobtail class, Chad and Janie Claypool and Kyle Cousins, out of Carthage, Mo., picked up Best of Show honors.
Waterford, Wis.-based Bubba Branch’s and Dawes Contract Carriage’s 2016 Kenworth T660 and 2018 Globe RGN won Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Combo category. Sid Colangelo’s and Kyle Cousin’s 2008 Kenworth W900 with 2017 Great Dane van, “Ace in the Hole,” earned runner-up honors in the category.
Finally, Bradley Wacks, out of Waco, Texas, and his Army and Air Force Exchange 2016 International and 2017 Hyundai van was selected as the People’s Choice award winner.