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Overdrive’s Pride & Polish goes virtual for truck owners – Overdrive Magazine

No one wishes we were having an Overdrive’s Pride & Polish at a 2020 Great American Trucking Show more than those of us here at Overdrive. But we’re offering something in lieu of a live event since GATS was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Overdrive's Pride & PolishWe’re now accepting photo submissions for a virtual Pride & Polish. Following the submission deadline, midnight, July 21, we’ll post photos for reader voting to determine finalists in five categories. Judges will pick the winners from those.

The winners will be announced Aug. 28 as part of Overdrive’s GATS Week, and featured in the October Overdrive. Pride & Polish and some other main events that would have been held at GATS will be scheduled during evenings of Aug. 24-28 and shown at Watch the daily Overdrive newsletter and website for more details on GATS Week.

There is no entry fee to compete in Pride & Polish. The brief entry information required and other details are listed at the entry site. All you need is a few good photos, so if you’ve got your rig looking sharp, consider entering!

Use the form at this link to submit two-four photos of your rig to participate in the competition. 

Keep scrolling after this story to see a few photos from last year’s GATS Pride & Polish. For a much bigger review, visit the Pride & Polish commemorative issue from that show.

The other GATS Week programs are:

  • Aug. 24, Overdrive’s Partners in Business. Catch up on the latest financial benchmarks and forecasts with this presentation from ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator financial services firm. Partners in Business is sponsored by TBS Factoring Service.
  • Aug. 25, Overdrive’s Partners in Business. Kevin Rutherford and Gary Buchs will discuss the owner-operator market and answer viewers’ questions. Rutherford is the host of satellite radio’s “Trucking Business & Beyond” and the head of Buchs, named 2016 Owner-Operator of the Year, is now an owner-operator business consultant.
  • Aug. 26, Hours of service. Joe DeLorenzo, director of enforcement and compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will give an update on the new hours rule that takes effect Sept. 29.
  • Aug. 27, Overdrive’s Small Fleet Champ. Finalists will discuss critical business topics, followed by announcement of the winner. The program is sponsored by Pilot Company’s One9 Fuel Network.
  • Aug. 28, in addition to the Pride & Polish program, three finalists will compete in the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search finale.
Ray and Cory Thompson's 2000 Peterbilt 379

A 2000 Peterbilt 379, entered by father and son Ray and Cory Thompson, won Best of Show in the Builders Class at the 2019 Pride & Polish.

Purple and lime green interior of TJ Kounkel's 2018 Peterbilt 389

The interior of this 2018 Peterbilt 389, entered by TJ Kounkel, mirrors its exterior colors. The truck won Best of Show in the Limited Mileage Combo Class and Best Paint in that class at the 2019 Pride & Polish.

Kaleb Hammett's 2017 Peterbilt 389

Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the 2019 Pride & Polish went to Kaleb Hammett and his 2017 Peterbilt 389. The truck also won awards for Bobtail, 2011 and Newer; Interior, OEM Sleeper; Paint, Bobtail; and Engine.