Mafia Secrets
A family affair

By Jami Jones, managing editor

Editor’s note: Usually on these pages Bryan “Boss Man” Martin shares some of his favorite truck makeovers and designs. Since Managing Editor Jami Jones just happened to be in Joplin, Mo., home to 4 State Trucks – Home of the Chrome Shop Mafia when she was part of the SuperRigs judging team, she decided to hijack “Mafia Secrets” and share some of her own favorite things about show trucks.

As much as things change with what’s in or what’s out for show trucks, there’s a constant that most people don’t see – a generational effort to clean and maintain these trucks preserving their beauty day-to-day.

When I rolled into Joplin, Mo., the day before SuperRigs started on June 9, I made a beeline for the Joplin Trade and Convention Center to see what was going on. The same thing you always see. A parking lot full of amazing trucks being cleaned top-to-bottom – and usually by families.

Best of Show winner OOIDA Member Jake Lindamood was no different. Right there by his side was his son, Jaden, who is 8 years old. Already a show-truck veteran by his own right, Jaden worked away helping to make sure that everything was judge-ready on their 1988 Peterbilt 379.

A few trucks down, the same thing. OOIDA Member Bill Rethwisch and the whole family were wiping and polishing away. Tires, tanks, lights and mirrors. No stone was left unturned on their Show Truck category honoree 2016 Peterbilt 389 and 2015 Mueller trailer.

A few steps later, more of the same. OOIDA Life Member Joel Dawes and his son, A.J., who is 17 and plotting and planning his first truck in his head, were busy on two trucks – a 2014 Kenworth T660 and a 1988 Peterbilt 379. They stayed at it so long in the hot sun their skin matched the red paint on their KW by the time they showed.

It kept going. The families working together were all over the lot. Generations handing down a love for trucks and trucking to their children.

Kind of like the Boss Man’s dad did for him and his brother Brice who run 4 State Trucks.

Shell Rotella saw this too, even adding an award on the fly for SuperRigs Jr. Jaden Lindamood and Luke Rethwisch stood in for all the amazing next-gen truckers who were out there making not only SuperRigs great, but giving us hope that trucking will stay great for generations to come. LL