Pride & Polish

2017 GATS Best of Show, Working Combo: Two circles, five awards

The rehab project on the '96 Kenworth W900, originally painted blue, included rebuilding the engine, adding a new transmission, cutting and stretching the frame, doing the paint job and more.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Builders Class: Puzzle comes together for autism theme

Of the nearly 2,000 puzzle pieces on the custom-built rig, some are welded into the cab floor and the deck plate, as well as on the wheels. He says more than 600 man-hours went into the welding of the floor and deck plate alone.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Limited Mileage Bobtail: Blazing back from obscurity

It was originally black with orange flames, but to make it consistent with the rest of the fleet, Lindamood painted the truck silver with blue flames.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Limited Mileage Combo: Striking look for viper red KW

The custom interior features shag carpeting and a mini-disco ball hanging in the large studio sleeper. Also inside are more than 800 buttons in the upholstery, each of which had to be sanded, primed, painted and clear-coated viper red to match the rest of the rig.

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Video: Brandon Avant and his Pete 389 ‘Mistress’

Brandon Avant spent so much time with this 2010 Peterbilt 389 during the two years it took to turn the rig into a championship-contending show truck, his wife Melissa had to give the truck its nickname, “The Mistress.”

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Lindamood, Manuel continue winning ways with Best of Show victories at GATS Pride & Polish

Best of Show winners were announced in five categories – 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.

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Photos: Operators showcase custom working, show trucks at GATS Pride & Polish

Pride & Polish trucks began rolling into the Great American Trucking Show Wednesday. See photos of some of the competitors here. Check back throughout the week for more Pride & Polish and GATS coverage.

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Free GATS registrations benefit trucking charities through end of day today

For each registration by July 4, GATS is donating $1 to the registrant's choice of Truckers Against Trafficking, TruckersFinalMile.Org or the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

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Registration open for GATS Pride & Polish show

GATS will be held Aug. 24-26 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas.

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Video: Country’s top custom rigs parade out of GATS Pride & Polish

Dozens of custom beauties.

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