'Big Honkin Anniversary' Celebrated in Branson with the 40th Annual SuperRigs
Shell Rotella SuperRigs rolled into Branson, Missouri for 'A Big Honkin Anniversary' from June 9-11. The annual truck beauty contest celebrated its landmark 40th anniversary in Branson Landing, a stunning waterfront property in the heart of the Ozark mountains. More than 60 trucks filled up the parking lot on the south end of Branson Landing to celebrate the trucking industry. The location right on Lake Taneycomo was exciting for both spectators and contestants.
SuperRigs is designed to bring the trucking community together and celebrate its accomplishments. Branson was chosen to host the event because of Shell Rotella's deep ties to the state of Missouri, only one state (California) has hosted the event more.
Theresa DeSantis of Apache Junction, Ariz. captured Best of Show honors with her 1985 Peterbilt 359 with a 2016 East trailer. She was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella. In addition, DeSantis captured the Steve Sturgess Best Theme award for her “The Witches Inn” theme. She previously won Best of Show in 2019.
Truett Novosad from College Station, Texas won Best of Show first runner-up and $4,000 from Shell Rotella for his 2007 Peterbilt 379 EXHD, Doc Holliday. Dean DeSantis of Apache Junction, Ariz. was awarded Best of Show second runner-up for his 2018 Peterbilt 389 which is nicknamed Career Gambler.
Additional first place winners included:
- Todd Gribble from Somerset, Pa. in the Tractor/Trailer Division for his 2012 Peterbilt 389.
- Kaleb Hammett of Dodd City, Texas in the Tractor Division with a 2019 Peterbilt 389.
- David Foster from Joplin, Mo. won in the Classic Division with his 2005 Kenworth W900L.
Daniel and Phyllis Snow of Harrison, Ark. won the People's Choice Award for their 1996 Freightliner Classic XL. The winner was selected virtually with voting taking place online.
The Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks. Owner/operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes valued at approximately $25,000. Twelve drivers were also selected to have their truck featured in the 2023 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar.