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September, 2017

WALCOTT, IA… The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week with 44,523 drivers and their families as well as local residents during the 38th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Visitors came from 25 different states and two Canadian provinces to display their trucks. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “My family is proud to have been serving the trucking industry for 53 years. says Delia Moon Meier. “The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is our chance to thank all of the men and women who deliver the good we need every day, and we are honored to do so.” 

During the three days, guests enjoyed over 143 exhibits; a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 72 contestants; a fantastic antique truck display with over 170 vehicles; delicious Iowa pork chop cookout; Trucker Olympics; Carnival Games; and free concerts. Mary Sarah performed Thursday night, courtesy of CAT Scale, and wowed the crowd with her amazing voice. Country music Collin Raye hit the stage on Friday night to a crowd of thousands. Tony Justice opened for Raye. Both were presented by Mobil Delvac. Both Thursday night and Friday night included fireworks displays, a truck light show and plenty of fun for the whole family!

Saturday afternoon local favorite North of 40 hit the stage; just prior to the Super Truck Beauty Contest awards ceremony and Antique Truck Plaque presentation.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “It’s a great privilege to be able to not only honor drivers and their hard work, but to showcase trucking to the general public as well.”

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum also celebrated the 100th birthday of its 1917 Velie last during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree with birthday cake and balloons at the museum. 

Next year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree will be held July 12-14, 2018.


2017 Walcott Truckers Jamboree Super Beauty Truck Contest Winners List

WT: Cabover – WINNER:Matt Schlueger, 1993 Kenworth K100E – Not Daddy’s Money 

WT: Company Truck – Bobtail - 2nd -David Price, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia – The American; 1st -Timothy Wheeler, 2015 Peterbilt 379

WT: Company Truck – Combination - 3rd -David Williamson, 2016 Volvo VNL64T & 2016 Great Dane; 2nd -Michael VanNess, 2015 Peterbilt 579 & 2016 Walker; 1st -Zach Pletcher, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2015 Mac – Simply Red 

WT: Specialty - 2nd-Thomas & Kathy Placer, 2008 Ford F650 Flatbed – The Beast; 1st-Jake Robak,– 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch

WT: 2017-2014 Bobtail Conventional - 3rd -Travis Brubaker, 2016 Peterbilt 389; 2nd-Justin Nodorft, 2016 Peterbilt 389; 1st-Jay Blackbourn, 2016 Peterbilt 389 – Haulin Ass

WT: 2013-2007 Bobtail Conventional - 3rd Rodger Nelson, 2013 Peterbilt 386 – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy; 2nd -Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L – Satisfaction; 1st- Robert Errthum, 2013 Peterbilt 389 – Miles of Memories

WT: 2006-2000 Bobtail Conventional - 3rd -Eric Downs, 2000 Freightliner Classic; 2nd-Gerald Lehman, 2000 Kenworth T600 – Sweet Sixcess; 1st-Aaron Spiniolas, 2001 Peterbilt 379 – Cream of the Crop

WT: 1999-1993 Bobtail Conventional - 3rd-Bill Schlueter, 1996 Kenworth W900 – Shovelhead; 2nd-Kenny Graber, 1998 Kenworth W900L – Ol’ Rugged ; 1st-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind

WT: 1992 & Older Bobtail Conventional - 3rd-Tim Miller, 1982 Peterbilt 389; 2rd-Lonnie Frank, 1976 Kenworth W900A – Spirit of 76; 1st-JR Schleuger, 1980 Kenworth W900A - KT

WT: 2017-2012 Combination - 3rd-Shane Jungemann, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2012 Wilson; 2nd-Brian Pete, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Mac; 1st-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$

WT: 2011-2003 Combination - 3rd-Brent Cross, 2004 Kenworth T800 & 2011 Utility; 2nd-Robert Hallahan, 2006 Kenworth W900 & 2015 Great Dane – Big Orange; 1st-Michael & Jackie Wallace, 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane – Semper Fi

WT: 2002 & older Combination - 3rd-Kenneth Fisher, 1997 Peterbilt 379 & 2015 Retinour – Fully Involved; 2nd-Jayme & Whitney Snow, 1999 Freightliner Classic XL & 2015 Great Dane – The Duck; 1st -

Daniel & Phyllis Snow1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2006 Utility - The Goose

Show Class - 3rd-Lynn Ragels, Canton, MI – 1995 Peterbilt 379; 2nd-Harvey Zuidema, 1957 DIVCO – Milk Truck; 1st -Mike Manuel, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Mac – Autism - One of Many

Custom Paint – Bobtail - 3rd -Bill Schlueter, 1996 Kenworth W900 – Shovelhead; 2nd-Terry Ashlinger, 1996 Peterbilt 379 – Old Glory; 1st-Kenny 1998 Kenworth W900L – Ol’ Rugged

Custom Paint - TT Combination- 3rd-Justin Congdon, 2005 Peterbilt 379 & 2016 Muv-All – Sub Zero; 2nd-Robert Hallahan, 2006 Kenworth W900 & 2015 Great Dane – Big Orange; 1st-Kenneth Fisher, 1997 Peterbilt 379 & 2015 Retinour – Fully Involved

Custom Graphics – Bobtail - 3rd-Robert 2013 Peterbilt 389 – Miles of Memories; 2nd-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch; 1st-David Price, 2018 Freightliner Cascadia – The American

Custom Graphics - TT Combination - 3rd-Paul Rissler, 1996 Peterbilt 379 & 2008 Great Dane – Risslerbilt; 2nd -Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$; 1st-Mike Manuel, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Mac – Autism - One of Many

Polish & Detail - Bobtail - 3rd-Ron Brubaker, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – One of a Kind; 2nd-Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch; 1st=Aaron Spiniolas, 2001 Peterbilt 379 – Cream of the Crop

Polish & Detail – TT Combination - 3rd-Kenneth Fisher, 1997 Peterbilt 379 & 2015 Retinour – Fully Involved; 2nd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B & 2010 Retinour – Pure Attitude; 1st-Brian Dreher, Campbellsport, WI – 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$

Interior - OEM Sleeper – Bobtail - 3rd-Gerald Lehman, 2000 Kenworth T600 – Sweet Sixcess; 2nd-Barry Cook, 1987 Peterbilt 359; 1st-Paul Saline, 2009 Kenworth W900L - Satisfaction

Interior - OEM Sleeper – TT Combination- 3rd-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$; 2nd-Shawn Swanson, 2002 Kenworth W900B & 2010 Retinour – Pure Attitude; 1st-John & Kim Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – ONLY CLASS

Interior - OEM Conversion Sleeper - 3rd-JR Schlenger1980 Kenworth W900A – KT; ;2nd-Terry Ashlinger, 1996 Peterbilt 379 – Old Glory; 1st-Justin Congdon, 2005 Peterbilt 379 & 2016 Muv-All – Sub Zero

Interior - Custom Sleeper - 3rd-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2006 Utility –

The Goose; 2nd-Michael & Jackie Wallace, 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane – Semper Fi; 1st-Jayme & Whitney Snow, 1999 Freightliner Classic XL & 2015 Great Dane – The Duck

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Road Legal - 3rd-Bob Tubbs1996 Kenworth W900L – High Maintenance; 2nd-Jay Blackbourn2016 Peterbilt 389 – Haulin Ass; 1st-Bill Schlueter, 1996 Kenworth W900 - Shovelhead

Lights at Night – Bobtail - Show Only - 3rd-Danny Autullo, 1993 Peterbilt 379 – Lawless; 2nd-Mike Robinson, 1979 Peterbilt 379; 1st-JR Schleuger, 1980 Kenworth W900A - KT

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Road Legal - 3rd-Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$; 2nd Mike Manuel, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Mac – Autism-One of Many; 1st-John & Kim Jaikes, 1999 Kenworth W900L & 2006 Utility – ONLY CLASS

Lights at Night – TT Combination – Show Only - 3rd-Jayme & Whitney Snow, 1999 Freightliner Classic XL & 2015 Great Dane – The Duck; 2nd-Daniel & Phyllis Snow, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL & 2006 Utility – The Goose; 1st -Michael & Jackie Wallace, 2007 Freightliner Coronado & 2014 Great Dane – Semper Fi

Lights at Night – Specialty - 2nd- Thomas & Kathy Placer, 2008 Ford F650 Flatbed – The Beast; 1st -Jake Robak, 2006 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier – End of Watch

Best Overall Theme – WINNER - Mike Manuel, 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Mac – Autism-One of Many

Trucker’s Choice - WINNER: Brian Dreher, 2016 Peterbilt 389 & 2016 Great Dane - $$$

Caption:

Mike Manuel’s 2015 Peterbilt 389 & 2017 Mac - “Autism - One of Many” took home the 1st place trophy in the Show Truck Category at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree as well as Best Overall Theme Award.

- photo by Dan Pollock -

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