Steve Sturgess on everything trucking

Judging at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

One of the more remarkable rigs among a slew of gorgeous trucks at the recent Shell SuperRigs contest was the winner of the Classic division for older trucks ‒ Brandon Smith’s 1996 Peterbilt 379 with more than 1.2 million miles. He was late through the judging line as he had spent many hours polishing the 15-year-old Pete and its much newer Mac tri-axle dump trailer. And it needed cleaning. This is a working dump truck that hauls pulverized glass for industrial uses.

The truck started life as a logging truck, so it had been heavily used and abused for a number of years when Smith acquired it. It was, he said, ideal for his purpose: Build a daycab tractor that would be a real head-turner. For several years, he worked on the truck, fabricating much of the chrome and stainless steel accessories and redoing the interior ‒ all himself. This year, after breaking a frame rail, he put in two new rails just in time for the SuperRigs event. This is not a product of a customizer’s shop; it’s one man’s pride in what he does well. READ MORE

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