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Spiffed-up show trucks, dedicated contestants: Pride and Polish lives up to its name


Friday, September 1, 2017
by KLINT LOWRY The Trucker staff

Chad and Janie Claypool were hauling home some heavy hardware from the Great American Trucking Show as their rig, Poison Ivy, took Best of Show – Working Bobtail honors, as well as three other individual category trophies in the Pride and Polish competition. 
 (The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY)
Chad and Janie Claypool were hauling home some heavy hardware from the Great American Trucking Show as their rig, Poison Ivy, took Best of Show – Working Bobtail honors, as well as three other individual category trophies in the Pride and Polish competition. (The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY)

DALLAS – There are always a lot of things to see and do at the Great American Trucking Show, but when it’s all said and done, it’s all about the trucks. And nothing commands more attention and admiration than the entries in the annual Pride and Polish show truck competition.

On Saturday, August 26, the third day of GATS 2017, a crowd gathered at the Overdrive Stage to see if the judges agreed with their favorites as the Pride and Polish awards were presented.

Before the first trophy was handed out, Stacy McCants, vice president of events for Randall-Reilly, took to the stage to express the importance of this truck beauty contest.

About 20,000 people come to GATS, McCants said, and much of the imagery they come away with of the trucking industry is what they see at Pride and Polish.

“You are ambassadors of this industry to a whole lot of people,” he said. “Folks come in … and you are a reflection to the world of our industry, and we are very proud to give you that platform to be that example to other people.”

Then it was time for the awards. Bradley Wacks’ “Army & Air Force Exchange,” a 2018 white International/ 2018 Hyundai van promoting the retail organization for soldiers, airmen and their families, won The People’s Choice award.

Five other trucks earned Best of Show honors in their respective categories:

  • Best of Show – Limited Mileage Bobtail: Jake Lindamood, Lindamood Heavy Hauling; Irving, Texas; 1988 silver/blue Peterbilt 379
  • Best of Show – Limited Mileage Combo: Bubba Branch, Dawes Contract Cartage; Waterford, Wisconsin; 2016 viper red Kenworth T660/ 2018 Globe RGN – “Pure Attitude”
  • Best of Show – Builders Class: Mike Manuel; Front Royal, Virginia; 2015 blue Peterbilt 389 /2016 Mac Curtainside – “Autism: One of Many”
  • Best of Show – Working Combo: Jon Donadio; Guilford, Connecticut; 1996 mint green Kenworth W900/ 2018 East
  • Best of Show – Working Bobtail: Chad and Janie Claypool, Kyle Cousins; Carthage Missouri; 2017 green Kenworth W900 – “Poison Ivy”   

The Claypools were frequent visitors to the winners circle. In addition to their Best of Show trophy, they took first place in the “Bobtail – 2010 and Newer” and in the “Interior – OEM Sleeper” categories, as well as second in the “Paint – Bobtail” category.  

The couple drive together as a team, and in the past they’ve gotten other trucks into award-winning condition for their boss, Kyle Cousins. But Poison Ivy is their own working truck, and this was the first time they’d taken it to competition.

“This is our baby,” Janie Claypool said. And just like a baby, it take up a lot of their time, but it’s a labor of love.

“It’s an ongoing project,” she said. “It never stops.” They are constantly on the lookout for new accessories, and when they’re not doing that, there’s constant maintenance.

“With it being a working truck, it’s all the time, Chad said. “I wash it at home, I wash it on the road.”

“And on weekends it’s polishing and revitalizing,” Janie added.

When there’s a show, they can spend several days beforehand preparing, Chad said. And then after they arrived at GATS, he said, they spent another 14 hours putting on the final touches.

Linda and Bob Caffee, also a couple who drive as a team, didn’t take best of show in any category, but their white Freightliner Cascadia, dubbed Caffcadia 2, took second place in the “Bobtail, 2010 and Newer” category, just behind the Claypools.

Had there been a Best of Show for interiors, they would have certainly finished in the money for theirs. As it was, they were awarded first place in the “Interior – Aftermarket Sleeper” category.

The Caffees, who in 2014 were named TravelCenters of America Citizen Driver award winners, spend more time on the road than they do at home, Linda Caffee said, so it’s understandable they would invest in their living quarters.

With its twin cushioned seats, a convection oven, refrigerator-freezer, wood-paneled cabinetry, quartz countertops and dining table and tile floors, it almost looks like the interior of a private jet.

But while it’s luxurious by most standards, Caffee is quick to point out that contests and creature comforts come to mind when they decide on their truck’s features, “First comes the business.”

Contests are great, Caffee said, but this is first and foremost a working vehicle. As much as they have invested in the interior, function takes precedence over form. The truck is built for comfort, but it’s also a mobile office, she points out. Seated at the table, she can scan, fax or print documents. Up at the dashboard, she pointed out the many cameras, sensors and other safety features they’ve installed.

As much fun as it is to indulge in aesthetics – she’s a Mickey Mouse fan, and there are a dozen hidden in plain sight, she says, including in the paint job along the side of the truck – practicality come first.

The only reason they could get away with the quartz table and countertops, she said, is because their loads are usually light enough that they didn’t have to worry about weight issues.

That’s the real beauty in these show trucks, Caffee said, the careful consideration of form and function.

Here is a complete list of all the winners at the 2017 GATS Pride and Polish competition:

 ANTIQUE – BOBTAIL

1st place: Wade Wardlaw/Wade Wardlaw Welding; Woodville, Texas; 1975 white and copper Peterbilt 359 – “Wade’s Pride & Joy”

2nd place: Ethan Madden; Lytle, Texas; 1984 black and purple Peterbilt 359

3rd place: Danny Lee; Tylertown, Mississippi; 1963 candy apple red Mack B75

ANTIQUE – CABOVER

1st place: Pablo Cuellar/David Schnautz; Pasadena, Texas; 1973 blue Kenworth K125 – “Kenny”

2nd place: Ben Cadle; Augusta, Georgia; 1982 blue, black and silver Freightliner Cabover

3rd place: Darrell Caldwell Jr.; Mansfield, Texas; 1989 blue Freightliner Cabover – “Still Shakin’”

ANTIQUE – COMBO

1st place: David Schnautz; Pasadena, Texas; 1981 blue Kenworth W900A/1982 Wilson livestock trailer – “A Dream Come True”

2nd place: Geo Cuellar/David Schnautz; Pasadena, Texas; 1985 blue Kenworth K100E

BOBTAIL – NEW TRUCK (LESS THAN 50,000 MILES)

1st place: Caleb Hammett/Hammett Excavation; Dodd City, Texas; 2017 silver and red Peterbilt 389

2nd place: Elias Torres/Lindamood Heavy Hauling; Irving, Texas; 2017 blue and black Peterbilt 389

BOBTAIL – FIRST SHOW

1st place: Corey Barnes/Brazos Dozer Service; Bryan, Texas; 2004 blue Peterbilt 379 – “Justified”

2nd place: Bret Chastain; Flora, Indiana; 2005 white and orange Mack CXN613 – “Every Dog Has Its Day”

3rd place: Leroy Mills; Mansfield, Texas; 1969 gray and red Peterbilt 359

BOBTAIL – 2005 & Older

1st place: Brian Rudisell/Kuhnle Trucking; Newbury, Ohio; 2005 green and white Kenworth W900 – “Gone Green”

2nd place: Shane Boullion; Carencro, Louisiana; 2001 dark rose gray Peterbilt 379 – “Rosemary”

3rd place: Delbert Jones; Sulphur Springs, Texas; 1999 red Kenworth W900 – “Cherry Bomb”

BOBTAIL – 2010 & Newer

1st place: Chad and Janie Claypool/Kyle Cousins; Carthage, Missouri; 2017 green Kenworth W900 – “Poison Ivy”

2nd place: Bob and Linda Caffee; Silex, Missouri; 2015 white Freightliner Cascadia – “Caffcadia 2”

3rd place: Mike “Gunney” Faram/MC VanKampen: Fort Worth, Texas; 2015 black Peterbilt 389 – “Da Temptress”

COMBO – NEW TRUCK

1st place: Gabe Rosenthal/Stevens Tanker; Dallas, Texas; 2018 white Peterbilt 567/2018 MAC pneumatic tanker

2nd place: Gabe Rosenthal/Stevens Transport; Dallas, Texas; 2018 black Kenworth T680/2017 utility

COMBO – COMPANY TRUCK

1st place: Dennis Durrant/Jade Transport; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2017 green Kenworth W900

2nd place: Bradley Wacks/Army & Air Force Exchange; Waco, Texas; 2018 white International/2018 Hyundai Van

3rd place: Dave Parker/Tri Corp Transportation; Aylmer, Ontario, Canada; 2017 black Kenworth W900L/2017 Great Dane van

COMBO – OPEN

1st place: Robbie Basse; Hinton, Oklahoma; 2016 baby blue and white Kenworth W900 Icon/2016 Fontaine step deck – “Baby Blue”

2nd place: Joe Regalado; Von Ormy, Texas; 2000 blue Peterbilt 379/2018 Armourlite end dump – “Blue”

3rd place: Jon Donadio; Guilford, Connecticut; 1996 mint green Kenworth W900/2018 East

INTERIOR – CAB ONLY

1st place: Caleb Hammett/Hammett Excavation; Dodd City, Texas; 2017 silver and red Peterbilt 389

2nd place: Corey Barnes/Brazos Dozer Service; Bryan, Texas; 2004 blue Peterbilt 379 – “Justified”

3rd place: Elias Torres/Lindamood Heavy Hauling; Irving, Texas; 2017 blue and black Peterbilt 389

INTERIOR – OEM SLEEPER

1st place: Chad and Janie Claypool/Kyle Cousins; Carthage MO; 2017 Green Kenworth W900 – “Poison Ivy”

2nd place: Terry Aslinger; Marquand, Missouri; 1996 blue Peterbilt 379/2013 Shipshe – “Zippy”/2015 Tremcar

3rd place: Jon Donadio; Guilford, Connecticut; 1996 mint green Kenworth W900/2018 East

INTERIOR – AFTERMARKET SLEEPER

1st place: Bob and Linda Caffee; Silex, Missouri; 2015 white Freightliner Cascadia – “Caffcadia 2”

2nd Place: Dennis Durrant/Jade Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2017 green Kenworth W900

BEST INTERIOR – LIMITED MILEAGE OR BUILDERS CLASS

Mike Manuel; Front Royal, Virginia; 2015 blue Peterbilt 389/2016 MAC Curtainside – “Autism: One of Many”

PAINT – BOBTAIL

1st place: Caleb Hammett/Hammett Excavation; Dodd City, Texas; 2017 silver and red Peterbilt 389

2nd place: Chad and Janie Claypool/Kyle Cousins; Carthage, Missouri; 2017 green Kenworth W900 – “Poison Ivy”

3rd place: Wes Ezell; Glen Rose, Texas; 2017 baby blue and white Kenworth W900 – “Already Gone”

PAINT – COMBO

1st place: Joe Regalado; Von Ormy, Texas; 2000 blue Peterbilt 379/2018 Armourlite end dump – “Blue”

2nd place: Robbie Basse; Hinton, Oklahoma; 2016 baby blue and white Kenworth W900 Icon/2016 Fontaine step deck – “Baby Blue”

3rd place: Jon Donadio; Guilford, Connecticut; 1996 mint green Kenworth W900/2018 East

BEST PAINT – LIMITED MILEAGE OR BUILDERS CLASS – BOBTAIL

Jake Lindamood/Lindamood Heavy Hauling; Irving, Texas; 1988 silver and blue Peterbilt 379

BEST PAINT – LIMITED MILEAGE OR BUILDERS CLASS – COMBO

Bubba Branch/Dawes Contract Cartage; Waterford, Wisconsin; 2016 viper red Kenworth T660/2018 Globe RGN – “Pure Attitude”

ENGINE

1st place: Brian Rudisell/Kuhnle Trucking; Newbury, Ohio; 2005 green and white Kenworth W900 – “Gone Green”

2nd place: Jon Donadio; Guilford, Connecticut; 1996 mint green Kenworth W900/2018 East

3rd place: Joe Regalado; Von Ormy, Texas; 2000 blue Peterbilt 379/2018 Armourlite end dump – “Blue”

BEST ENGINE – LIMITED MILEAGE OR BUILDERS CLASS

Sid Calangelo/Kyle Cousins; Carthage, Missouri; 2008 black and red Kenworth W900/2017 Great Dane van – “Ace In The Hole”

 

 

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