As many of you know by now, CDL Life will be at this year’s Mid -America Truck Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, March 22-24th.
The first MATs was held in 1972 and feature 83 exhibitors and hosted 4,000 visitors. This year, more than 1,300 exhibitors and 90,000 visitors are expected.
One of the show’s feature events is the Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship, named for the MATS founder. According to the show’s site, this year marks the 23rd annual PKY Truck Beauty Competition. and the ” largest grouping of show trucks in the country, all vying for honors in the country’s premier truck beauty show. The event, which has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrates North America’s heavy-duty, working show trucks. Look for the trucks in Lot “J” behind the West Wing.”
This week, it was announced that trucking veteran Karl Dedolph, president of D3 consulting, will be judging the PTY Truck Beauty Competition.
The winner of this competition earns some serious bragging rights. “To win an engine appearance trophy at the MATS is turly a great honor and is always well deserved,” said Dedorph. “This event consistently showcases the best class 8 diesel rigs and their engine compartments.”
Here’s a look at the 2011 winners and categories of the PKY Truck Beauty Competition:
BEST OF SHOW WORKING BOBTAIL Owned and Shown by Shelly and Bob Brinker, 2000 Muraled Freightliner
BEST OF SHOW WORKING COMBO Owned by Jerry Beaudain, 2003 Orange Peterbilt with 2011 Mac End Dump
BEST LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL – Owned and Shown by Scott Diller, 1981 Black/Red Kenworth
BEST LIMITED MILEAGE COMBO – Owned by Jeremey Graves, 2011 Brown/Gold Peterbilt with 2010 Mississippi Tank
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Owned by Jeremey Graves, 2011 Brown/Gold Peterbilt with 2010 Mississippi Tank
JAKE EILEN ANNUAL MEMORIAL AWARD – Vinny Diorio (Owner), Mike Hug (Driver), 2007 Black/Orange Peterbilt
BEST PETERBILT AWARD – Owned by Jeremey Graves, 2011 Brown/Gold Peterbilt with 2010 Mississippi Tank
ROADWORKS BEST USE OF STAINLESS AND CHROME: Bobtail – Scott Diller, 1981 Black/Red Kenworth;Combo – Jeremey Graves, 2011 Brown/Gold Peterbilt with 2010 Mississippi Tank
FIRESTONE’S MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CAB Colin Stuart, 1984 Purple/White Peterbilt
If you’re in the area, make sure to check out this year’s Mid America Truck Show and stop by to see us at booth 72088. We hope to see you there!