Joplin, Mo. to host 34th Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition

by Truck West

HOUSTON, Texas – The ‘Giants of Joplin’ will roll into Joplin, Mo. June 9-11 for the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition.

“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 US and Canada,” said Megan Pino, global brand manager for Shell Rotella. “It’s an honour 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 three-day event will feature a truck parade on Friday night when many of the competitors will travel from the Joplin Convention and Trade Center to historic downtown. The street party will kick off when drivers stage their rigs at 6 p.m., which will be followed by judging of the Shell Rotella SuperRigs lights contest, a fireworks display and live performance by trucker and country music artist Tony Justice.

Labelled the ‘premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks’ by Shell Rotella, owner-operators from the US and Canada will compete for cash prizes of more than $25,000 and 12 drivers will be selected to have their trucks featured in the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar.

Judges of the truck competition will be done by industry professionals from major trucking publications and broadcast companies, ranking trucks by exterior appearance, design, detail and finish, originality and workmanship for 24 awards, including Best of Show, Tractor, Tractor/Trailer Combination and Classic.

The event will also feature several activities for people of all ages, including games, a vendor area, live music, a beer garden, the Shell Rotella Road Show, a movie night and barbecue.

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