Thursday, June 20, 2013

SuperRigs isn’t your average truck show

SuperRigs judging line in Tomah, Wis.
Photo by Jami Jones
The “super bowl” of truck shows has a reputation of doing things all out and very different. In my 11th year of judging I can tell you there’s no challenge Shell Rotella SuperRigs hasn’t overcome.

We have judged in the freezing cold, scorching heat, tropical storms – with horizontal rain … you name it, we’ve done it.

The past two years the Shell Rotella team has opted for a “county fair” atmosphere if you will. It’s really nice. Casual, easy to get around and not have to worry about trucks navigating into fuel islands and such.

This year we are at the Budweiser Super National Truck and Tractor Pull at the Tomah, Wis., Recreation Park. The trucks are staged across from the track on a (wait for it and gasp if you must) dirt and gravel lot.

But let’s talk turkey. First, these are working trucks. If this is the very first dirt or gravel parking lot these trucks have seen, they have the cushiest “working” gig there is. (Yes, that is sarcasm.)
Second, Shell asked – and the National Tractor Pullers Association has agreed to generously and graciously water the lot with incredible frequency. The dust is being kept to the very minimum.

All that said, back to the judges. I will speak for myself and my co-judges. We are well aware of the conditions that all competitors are facing. We have had to look around rain before. A little dust isn’t going to throw us off our game. This isn’t our first tour around a truck.

Now, to those of you who drive Freightliners, Western Stars, Volvos, Macks … if you have a great truck, bring it. Complaining that it is just Peterbilts and Kenworths isn’t going to change anything unless someone steps up and takes the plunge into the competition.

That out of the way, I cannot tell you how amazing this event is. The competitors are having a great time, and we’ve seen some very tall trucks in the competition.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi. You’ll love looking at the trucks, and tonight when the truck and tractor races and pulls start … it’s going to be awesome.