The 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition rolls into the Joplin Convention & Trade Center in Joplin, Mo., this Thursday through Saturday, with a theme of “Giants of Joplin.” There will be activities for truckers and their families, as well as spectators.
All Shell Rotella SuperRigs events are free to attend and open to the public.
The highlight of the weekend will be the truck parade which will take place on Friday night when many of the SuperRigs competitors will travel from the convention center to historic downtown Joplin. Beginning at 6 p.m., drivers will stage their rigs, turn on their lights, pump up the music and start the street party. The festivities will include judging of the annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs lights contest, a fireworks display and a live performance by trucker and country music artist Tony Justice.
“The return of Shell Rotella SuperRigs to Joplin, which has a strong history in trucking and transportation, provides a great opportunity to see the beautiful working trucks that come each year from the U.S. and Canada,” said Megan Pino, global brand manager, Shell Rotella. “It’s an honor for Shell Rotella to recognize the accomplishments of so many hard working truckers who are dedicated to keeping our economy moving — in the best looking rigs on the road.”
The Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks. Hard working owner/operator truckers from across the United States and Canada will compete for cash and prizes in excess of $25,000. Twelve drivers will be selected to have their trucks featured in the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. Entrants will be awarded with a gift package valued at more than $50, while supplies last.
Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition will feature fun, interactive and entertaining events for drivers and their families each day and night including games, a vendor area, live music, a beer garden, and the Shell Rotella Road Show.
On Thursday, attendees can enjoy music throughout the day, an autograph session with Tony Justice, as well as a free movie screening at night. Friday will feature more music and a free contestant lunch cooked on the Rotella T6 BBQ grill. Staging for the truck parade and festivities in downtown Joplin will begin at 5 p.m.
Shell Rotella SuperRigs Highlights
- Active and former military members will participate in the first Truck Entrepreneurial Program designed to help soldiers return to civilian life and learn about opportunities in the trucking industry. Select companies from the transportation industry will be on site to promote opportunities within their organizations. Soldiers from bases throughout Missouri will participate on Friday, June 10.
- Shell Lubricants has conducted more than 30 million miles of rigorous testing with on-highway fleets using new low-viscosity CK-4 and FA-4 oils. The Shell Lubricants technical team will display engine parts from some of these engines and explain how they evaluate the testing.
- National Tractor Pullers Association competitors Larry and Adam Koester and Craig and Ashley Corzine and their Shell Rotella custom tractors and pickup trucks will attend and greet Shell Rotella SuperRigs attendees.
- The redesigned Shell Rotella Road Show will be on site, allowing spectators the opportunity to participate and engage in interactive programs. There are areas designed to help truckers learn more about the upcoming CK-4 and FA-4 diesel engine oil specifications and to access WhatisPC-11.com.
Trucks entered in the Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition will be judged by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. Judges score the rigs on exterior appearance, design, detail/finish, originality and workmanship. In total, 24 working trucks receive awards for categories such as Best of Show, Tractor, Tractor/Trailer Combination and Classic.
Judging will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, and between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Judging takes about 20 minutes and contestants do not need to be present to win. The awards ceremony will take place at about 2 p.m. on Saturday.