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Wheel Jam 2018 Was a Rockin’ Success!

By Tracy Burns

August, 2018

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It was a Rocking Wheel Jam Truck 2018 with the debut of the Saturday Night Rock and Lights! On Saturday, June 2nd during the Light Show from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm the radio station Big Jim 93.3 out of Huron, South Dakota was rented by the 18 Wheel Truck Promotions, LLC to play classic trucking music! The truck drivers tuned in their radios for a rocking 18 Wheel Avenue for the spectators! 

Another new venue this year was the addition of a bean bag tournament on Friday, June 1st towards dusk in the 18 Wheel Stage area with the proceeds benefiting the South Dakota Special Olympics! A free concert sponsored by DJ’s Travel Center of Huron, South Dakota plus Truck & Trailer Specialists of Huron, South Dakota on Friday, June 1st featured the Jerry Scheckle & The Midnight Ramblers with headliner the Weston Frank Band on the 18 Wheel Stage.

Saturday morning, June 2nd started off with several trucks participating in the parade! Next came the famous and loudest Dynamic Engine Brake Competition sponsored by Dynaflex Products of Commerce, California! Galen Koester of Redfield, South Dakota had an astounding decibel winning reading of 129.8! Dallas Laube of Bryant, South Dakota placed second with a decibel reading of 129.1. Zach Gertz took third place with a decibel reading of 126.3. David Alley of Isabel, South Dakota placed fourth with a decibel reading of 125.8. These four trucks also happen to be extremely hard working ranch/farm semis!

At the Saturday night meal, sponsored by the Hatch Agency Inc of Minnetonka, Minnesota was the presentation of the 20 Show’n’Shine Awards! The Show’n’Shine Awards are based upon one’s own personal taste of what one likes in a semi – classical, vintage, uniqueness, family heirloom, etc. We have sponsors/vendors, Wheel Jam Truck Show Crew members, and other members of the trucking world who pick the Show’n’Shine Awards! Tons of awesome door prizes were also given away from our fantastic sponsors/vendors! The finale was the Trucker’s Choice Light Show and Interior plus Cab over starting at dusk on Saturday night, June 2nd!

Best of Lights Tractor/Trailer went to Rich Anderson of Wilmot, South Dakota. Best of Lights Bobtail went to Brendon Wikon of Hartford, South Dakota. Best Interior went to Ross Koehn of Starbuck, Minnesota. Best Cabover went to Cutler Laube of Bryant, South Dakota. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Charlie Price of Huron, South Dakota. Charlie started trucking in 1965 and retired in 2010 with an astonishing 45 years in the trucking industry! Charlie and his beautiful wife Joyce raised three daughters – Barb, Charlene, and Jane!

The 2019 Wheel Jam Truck Show will be hold on Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd, 2019!

Captions:

Justin Durand of Rapid City, South Dakota is the proud owner of this 2018 Peterbilt 389. - Photo by Corn Field Mafia Photography - 

Wendell Hofer of Doland, South Dakota with a 2013 Peterbilt 389. - Photo by Corn Field Mafia Photography -

J.R. Schleuger of Britt, Iowa with a 1980 Kenworth W900A. - Photo by Corn Field Mafia Photography -

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