Three TLG Customer Trucks Earn Awards In Shell Rotella Event

This witch-themed 1985 Peterbilt 359 won best of show at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs event.

The Larson Group (TLG) is proud to have had not one, not two, but three customers who earned awards at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs Truck Show. The 37th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition was held July 25-27 at Trail’s Travel Center in Albert Lea, MN. It’s the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks.

Peterbilt of Joplin customers had a great showing at the SuperRigs event. Theresa DeSantis won best of show and the $10,000 prize with her 1985 Peterbilt 359 witch-themed truck. Brandon Farley and Scott Wade of Certified Express Inc. won the Non-Working Show Truck division with their 2004 Peterbilt 379. Peterbilt of Springfield customer Tod Job of Everest, KS, won in the Classic Division with his 1996 Peterbilt 379.

Best of Show

Theresa’s 1985 Peterbilt 359 witch-themed truck won the best engine and best theme segments in addition to the $10,000 best-of-show award. Her orange-and-black truck had a witch theme that includes a hood ornament of two witch’s black boots, boots along the custom grill and license plate holders on the chrome front bumper declared “From 0 to witch in 8 seconds”. Theresa’s win means her truck will have a page in next year’s Shell Rotella wall calendar. It was also a family affair at the SuperRigs event with Theresa’s husband, Dean also participating in the competition with his 2018 Peterbilt 389.

Category Winners

Certified Express Inc. (CEI) and Tod Job were winners in their respective category divisions. Both winning with red Peterbilt 379 trucks. Tod’s 1996 Peterbilt 379 took the Classic Division win. Brandon Farley and Scott Wade of Certified Express Inc won the Non-Working Show Truck division with their 2004 Peterbilt 379. Scott is CEI's owner. 

      Certified Express Inc and their 2004 Peterbilt 379

Tod Job’s 1996 Peterbilt 379

Body Shop Upgrade

Peterbilt of Joplin’s body shop work was on display on two of these winning trucks. They refinished Theresa’s truck along with adding some requested accessories and completed a front-to-back restoration on CEI’s truck. Body work is an art that the Peterbilt brand is known for and what is important to TLG is that every customer is treated like a show truck customer. The Peterbilt of Joplin Body Shop, which already has an in-house metal working shop, top of the line build components, fabricators, body men, and painters – has some exciting things happening. A new paint booth where they can paint two trucks at once and a two truck prep area are just a couple of new upgrades coming that will give our customers an even better customer experience.

Stay tuned for the big body shop reveal coming soon!

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