Truckers wow them in Wheeling
The America's Truck Wash and Chrome annual truck show took place Aug. 17-19 in Wheeling, WV. One hundred trucks competed for trophies and other prizes in the three-day event. Truckers, attendees, and area Make-A-Wish children enjoyed good music, good food, and the chance to see some of the country's most beautiful rigs.

OOIDA members who took home trophies from Wheeling include Mike and Bonnie Burns of Brookville, PA; Bob and Sandi Faulkner of Walbridge, OH; Thomas Smith of Goldsboro, NC; John Bolen of Bradley, WV; Bryan Swartz of Plainfield, PA; Joe Kilfoyle of Cleveland, OH; Ryan Stepp of Hendersonville, NC; Randy Kerns of Grafton, WV; Ryan Moran of Pittsburgh, PA; Steve and Martha Brooks of New Albany, IN; Dennis Wiggins of Mahaffey, PA; and Ed and Francine Sothen of Germantown, OH.

OOIDA member Thomas Smith and wife Rochelle proudly display the five awards they earned competing in Wheeling, including the big one, Best of Show - Bobtail. The other four trophies recognize the Smiths for Best Murals - Bobtail 88-94 (first place), Engine (second place), Aftermarket Sleeper (first place), and Lights - Bobtail (second place)

Carol Watson of America's Truck Wash and Chrome awards special recognition to 1999's Best of Show winners. From left to right Roger and Linda Lydick, OOIDA members Nancy and Bob Drummond, Watson, and OOIDA members Janie and Gordon Levering.

OOIDA's Gary Green looks on as Raymond Van Tassell of Brave, PA, signs up for OOIDA membership at the Wheeling show.

Get ready for Louisville 
While Stars and Stripes competitors will no doubt draw at lot of attention at the Mid-America Trucking Show, it's not the only truck show taking place there. The Paul Young Memorial Truck Beauty Contest is open to all those who take pride in their ride. While the show will be a NAST sanctioned show,

membership in NAST is not a requirement to enter. However, pre-registration will be a must for this one, as space will be limited to the first 100 trucks that apply. Watch for details in industry publications or visit the NAST web site at www.nastshowtrucks.org.

Show trucks shine in Topeka

The National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) held a sanctioned competition at the Heartland Raceway in Topeka, KS. Truckers preparing for the Aug. 24 - 27 show were plagued by triple digit temperatures, but still managed to dazzle the crowds.

NAST competitors didn't just polish chrome and letter tires. On Thursday evening, children sponsored by the Children's Miracle Network were given the opportunity to ride around the racetrack in a show truck. Thousands of Topeka residents braved the stifling heat and turned out for the glittering parade of brightly-lit semis through the Kansas capitol.

Sunday, many of the show trucks and other over-the-road trucks took to the track for drag heats. Noon brought the NAST awards ceremony, with many OOIDA members taking home multiple trophies. Mike Anderson of Checotah, OK, took home Best of Show - Bobtail and five other awards. Bryan Swartz of Plainfield, PA, was awarded Best of Show - Combination and five other awards. Dee and Ruth Jones of Grain Valley, MO, took home five awards including first in Company Truck - Bobtail. Bill Rucker of Billings, MT, took second place in Company Truck Bobtail.

Dee and Ruth Jones accept an award for best company-owned bobtail from NAST executive director Bob Guy in Topeka, KS.

Stiff competition at NAST's Walcott show

On Sept. 9 in Walcott, IA, six more trucks (and their owners) qualified to compete in the National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) Stars and Stripes showdown at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March 2001. Bobtail qualifiers included Mike Duffy of Ontario, CN, OOIDA member Sam Watson of Weston, WI, and Jerry and Allan Asbury of Dayton, OH. Combination qualifiers were Ron Baird of Thorntown, IN, David Marcotte of Momence, IL, and Richard and Ryan Radtke (truck owned by Trev Timblin) of Kewaskum, WI.

OOIDA member Sam Watson of Weston, WI, will compete with this 1974 Kenworth in the Stars and Stripes finals at the Mid-America Trucking Show next March.

The Stars and Stripes finals will see 15 bobtails and 15 tractor-trailer combinations going head to head for a chance at more than $160,000 in total cash and prizes. The top bobtail and top combination will each receive a $30,000 cash prize. Six qualifiers were chosen in August at Reno, NV, and six more will be chosen at each of three qualifying shows slated to take place in Portland, OR, Brookville, PA, and Terrell, TX. For more information about qualifying shows, visit the NAST web site at www.nastshowtrucks.org.

In addition to Stars and Stripes qualifications, awards were given in regular NAST competition classes. OOIDA members Dee and Ruth Jones of Grain Valley, MO, won Best of Show bobtail and five other awards. Rick Hemachak of Sandusky, OH, won Best of Show combination and four other awards. Other winners included John and Brenda Nance of Blue Creek, OH, W.L. Putnam of Tunnell Hill, GA, and Dale Murray of Shepherdsville, KY (three awards).