Freightliner Customers Win Top Honors at Truck Beauty Competition

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PORTLAND, ORE. – April 14, 2008 – Freightliner Trucks is proud to announce its winning customers from the eighth annual Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show conducted at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) March 27-29, 2008.



Major overall winners of the Pride & Polish event include Robert and Shelley Brinker, of Grayling, Mich., who won Best of Show Working Bobtail with “Black Pearl,” their 2000 Freightliner® Classic XL™ with a mural depicting scenes from the film, “Pirates of the Caribbean.”



The Brinkers also took first-place awards for Interior OEM Sleeper; Mobil Delvac Working Truck Engine; Bobtail 2000 and Older; and Custom Paint with Graphics or Murals, Bobtail.



Michael Most of Phoenix, Ariz., took home the People’s Choice Best Working Bobtail Award with his yellow 1998 Freightliner Classic XL named “Heroes & Legends.” The back of the truck is in memory of Sept. 11, depicting firefighters raising the American flag in front of the World Trade Center, flanked by the New York City police and firefighter shields. Keeping with the heroes theme, the Army, Navy and Marine Corps are drawn as M&M characters on the left side of his truck.



Most, who also placed second for Custom Paint & Graphics Mural – Bobtail and second for Bobtail 2000 and Older, also received top honors in the Freightliner Run Smart™ Awards. His prizes included a Diecast model of the Freightliner Trucks NASCAR Run Smart Car and two tickets to a NASCAR race of his choice.



Additional Run Smart Award winners include:

Second Place – Diecast model of the Freightliner Trucks NASCAR Run Smart car: Tom and Maryann Quick, of Griffin, Ga., took second place with their 2007 Freightliner® Coronado®.



Third Place – Diecast model of the Freightliner Trucks NASCAR Run Smart car: Leonard Martin of San Antonio, Texas, won third place with his 2007 Coronado.



Other Freightliner winners in Pride & Polish included:

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.



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