Western Star® Owners Show Their Pride at Truck Beauty Contest

Six Western Star Trucks Receive Honors at Mid-America Trucking Show

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REDFORD, MI. – Western Star Trucks is proud to present its winning customers from the seventh annual Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show, held at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) March 22-24. Several Western Star® owners claimed honors in categories including Bobtail Specialized, Bobtail First Show, and Bobtail Lights.

“Our customers have such pride in the Western Star brand, and we’re excited that these enthusiasts have been recognized for the hard work they put into their trucks,” said Ann Demitruk, director of marketing for Western Star Trucks. “It was exciting to see them show off at one of the biggest Pride & Polish events in the country.”

2007 Western Star Winners

Action Carting, a refuse and recycling company based in Newark, N.J., was honored with several accolades for their 2001 4900 FA refuse truck. The flagship of the Action fleet, the truck was awarded first place in the Bobtail Specialized category, second place in Bobtail Lights for its round aftermarket headlights, and third place in Bobtail Paint & Mural. Driver Pete Mansueto represented Action Carting in its first showing at this competition. The company’s dealer is Hudson County Motors in Secaucus, N.J.

Rusty Wyrick & Tina Lomax claimed second place in the Bobtail Limited Mileage category. Wyrick and Lomax showed their pearl white 1998 Western Star 4900 EX that has been decked out with a unique New Orleans-themed paint job, more than 1200 lights, and a custom sleeper.

Bruce Barnes tied for third place in the Bobtail 2005 & Newer category with his Western Star 4900 FA with 82-inch Stratosphere sleeper. Barnes’ truck features an exterior paint job of Convoy Gold with Las Vegas Gold flames and hardwood floors inside the cab. Barnes’ dealer is Tom Boland Western Star Trucks in Hannibal, Mo.

John Dietz Hauling, represented by driver Kevin Pratt, displayed an orange 2007 Western Star 4900 EX LowMax®. The truck – decked out with plenty of custom chrome and full fenders – took second place in the Bobtail First Show category. Dietz’s dealer is also Tom Boland Western Star Trucks.

Les Sullivan of Springfield, Ill., a longtime Western Star customer and show truck enthusiast, took third place in the Combo Truck Under 50,000 Miles category with his ivory and orange Western Star 4900 EX with flame graphics and a lowered suspension. Springfield Tractor & Trailer Sales in Springfield, Ill. is Sullivan’s dealer.

Tim Begle, representing Automated Transportation LLC, took third place in the Combo 2004 & Newer category with a black 2007 Western Star 4900 SA paired with a 1999 Great Dane van trailer. Automated Transportation LLC purchased the truck from Freightliner-Western Star of Evansville in Evansville, In.

Another Western Star customer, Pierre Cinq-Mars, took third place overall in the prestigious National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) Truck-Lite Show with his red 2002 4900 EX spec’d with 343 LED lights, custom chrome accessories, and a custom airbrushed interior.

Western Star Trucks, headquartered in Redford, Mich., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is part of DaimlerChrysler’s Truck Group, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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