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  • The Great West Truck Show 2009: Putting the BIG back into Big Rig Diesels

The Great West Truck Show 2009: Putting the BIG back into Big Rig Diesels

Melissa Spiering
Jul 29, 2009
Photographers: Melissa Spiering
The Las Vegas Convention Center played host to the 2009 Great West Truck Show June 25-27, 2009. Each year, more than 18,000 attendees and more than 400 exhibiting companies' flock to Las Vegas to check out the latest news and gadgets on the market for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, haulers, trailers, sleepers, and show trucks.
Photo 2/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show hot Rod Trucks
Drivers, buyers, and manufactures traveled the booth aisle and were entertained by products, handouts, consumer info, and on-site demos that can help save on truck maintenance and protect the environment. One such hot product was the TURBO3000 fuel saver; this tiny rod-shaped fuel rail claimed to increases fuel economy, horsepower, and decrease emissions by providing the fuel injectors with a more efficient delivery of fuel. The HUSS diesel particulate filter with active diesel burner technology also grabbed a lot of attention of the crowd. The HUSS MK-system replaces the original muffler and has a filter made of Silicium Carbid and a high-tech ceramic. The filter collects harmful diesel particles for up to eight hours running and then the active diesel burner burns these particles when the engines are shut down. The system collects 99.9 percent of the soot produced by unburned fuel and helps leave less of a carbon foot print on the road. Last but not least, the chrome accessories shined through out the hall everywhere. If you want it shiny, they most likely have it from grilles to turn signals, there was an overabundance of custom aftermarket parts to put any import four-banger show to shame.
The California Trucking Association sponsored educational seminars on accident protection, how to pass A DOT audit, Train the Trainer, OSHA in the trucking industry, and many other leadership topics. But the biggest crowd pleasers where the show trucks!
Photo 3/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show turbo3000
The GWTS also included the Overdrive's Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition that brought out some of the most unique and creative truck builders and designers from across the nation. These trucks where rolling works of art powered by diesel. From custom paint jobs to granite tiled cab floors, these trucks had it and more. From the amazing wood work of the sleeper cabs and the extended built in motorbike garages made these trucks a trucker's paradise, a home away from home.
Photo 4/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show Alex Debogorski
The crew from Chrome Shop Mafia was seen roaming the vender booths and the Ice Road Trucking legend Alex Debogorski from The History Channel's hit TV series "Ice Road Truckers" was signing autographs and telling behind the scenes stories that never made it on air. The Midnight Trucking Radio Network invited attendees to play at their booth for a chance to win many of their prizes.
This year's show brought more people out than any other year, and with the pinch of this tough economy it's a great reminder to all that the diesel truck industry is a major component that holds this nation together. Be sure to check out The Great American Trucking Show, the nation's second-largest trucking trade show when it rolls into Dallas, Texas August 20-22, 2009!
Photo 5/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show hybrid Truck
Photo 6/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show mobile
Photo 7/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show trailer Truck

Photo 8/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show arrowhead Water Truck
Photo 9/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show tool Display
Photo 10/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show continental Tires

Photo 11/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show HUSS MK System
Photo 12/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show hyundai Transled
Photo 13/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show really Big Turbos

Photo 14/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show chrome Parts
Photo 15/103   |   2009 Great West Truck Show valley Chrome Plating 2009 389 Peterbilt
Photo 16/103   |   trucks front View

Photo 17/103   |   trucks side View
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Photo 19/103   |   trucks rear View
Ol' Blue
Ol' Blue is a 1951 working truck with a 53-foot "Rolling Billboard" trailer featuring our sponsor's logos and those of the California Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Photo 20/103   |   1951 Ol Blue front View
Photo 21/103   |   Navada Highway Patrol Gmc 3500 rear View
Photo 22/103   |   1951 Ol Blue bears

Photo 23/103   |   Navada Highway Patrol Gmc 3500 rear View
Photo 24/103   |   1951 Ol Blue front View
Photo 25/103   |   1951 Ol Blue engine With A Clear Hood



Arrowhead's 1931 Ford Model A Delivery Truck
This truck was a four-year restoration project by Ruben Cendejas from the Arrowhead L.A fleet service center. It features a solid oak truck bed that hold 72 original five-gallon glass bottles of water, and the original four-cylinder flathead motor.
Photo 26/103   |   1931 Ford Model A Delivery Truck front
Photo 27/103   |   1931 Ford Model A Delivery Truck rear Glass Bottles
Photo 28/103   |   1931 Ford Model A Delivery Truck rear View



1931 Ford Model AA Stake Bed Truck
This truck was a full restoration from the ground up in honor of the company's fallen founder, Mr. Charlie Giles in 2005.
Photo 29/103   |   1931 Ford Model Aa Stake Bed Truck front View
Photo 30/103   |   1931 Ford Model Aa Stake Bed Truck engine View
Photo 31/103   |   1931 Ford Model Aa Stake Bed Truck rear View



1959 Mack B-6
This Mack truck features a custom built sleeper owner by Andy and Irene Zary. Its retro deep purple, lavender, and white paint are very flattering to the green and chrome interior.
Photo 32/103   |   1959 Mack B61 front View
Photo 33/103   |   1959 Mack B61 interior View



Photo 34/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck front View
1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck
This custom-built sleeper cab features its own motorcycle garage, which alone made this truck my favorite of the show. The interior isn't so bad either. The sleeper cab features wall-to-wall dark wood cabinets with granite countertops and old West wall sconces while the cockpit is lined with the traditional quilted black suede with brass buttons.

Photo 35/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck interior View
Photo 36/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck side View
Photo 37/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck side View

Photo 38/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck interior View
Photo 39/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck interior View
Photo 40/103   |   1979 Peterbilt Budweiser Truck interior View



2007 Peterbilt 386
Nothing screams subtle like a trailer with custom oak hardwood floors and maple interior walls with its own 400-watt sound system. The custom sleeper on this rig features a shower, toilet, roof top A/C, two-burner stove, conventional oven, microwave, walnut cabinets, Corian counter, kitchen table with Italian leather seats, 26-inch LCD TV with hydraulic drop down, and a Bose surround system. The exterior features a built in tool box, 7 kilowatt generator, built in stainless steal BBQ, and a retractable water hose.
Photo 41/103   |   2007 Peterbilt 386 front View
Photo 42/103   |   2007 Peterbilt 386 side Bbq
Photo 43/103   |   2007 Peterbilt 386 interior Trailer
1993 379 Peterbilt
Built by Hommers Custom Chrome in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this truck takes a younger, more tuner look with the two-ton black and royal blue tribal wrapped interior that features a big flat screen TV and a powerful bass-sound system. The blue paint features the right amount of ghost flames.
Photo 44/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt front View
Photo 45/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt rear View
Photo 46/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt paint View

Photo 47/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt interior View
Photo 48/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt interior View
Photo 49/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt interior View

Photo 50/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt interior View
Photo 51/103   |   1993 379 Peterbilt interior View



Kriss Trucking 1998 379 Peterbilt
This six-year project features a 301-inch wheelbase, 18-speed, Low air suspension, 48-inch flattop sleeper, standard roof cab, 22.5 Smoother wheels, custom under-hood air cleaners, custom blinkers, flipped mirror brackets, custom upper dash, eight-inch powder-coated exhaust, custom front fenders, billet grille, big back window, solid rear wheels, one-piece air windows, painted dash with gingerbread, 100 feet of blue LED lights, drop visors front and back, rear fenders, custom deck plate, handmade 10-inch cab and sleeper panels, custom windshield wipers, and a custom-made air intake manifold.
Photo 52/103   |   Kriss Trucking 1998 379 Pererbilt front View
Photo 53/103   |   Kriss Trucking 1998 379 Pererbilt front View



Photo 54/103   |   2009 Lonestar International front View
2009 International LoneStar
Continental Tires brought its display in one of the best-looking retro trucks on the road, the International LoneStar.



The Little Train of Happiness
The Little Train of Happiness features a 1989 Peterbilt 379 and a Stoughton dry van with its original 20-year-old engine. There isn't one spot on this truck that isn't custom painted or stock. All most every panel has some thing done to it, even the fans in the engine are painted with a Western theme. You just have to see the photos to find all the little details that went in to this truck. All this work was done by owners Marcel and Valerie of Tuscon, Arizona.
Photo 55/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness front View
Photo 56/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness side View
Photo 57/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness rear View

Photo 58/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness side View
Photo 59/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness rear View
Photo 60/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness side View

Photo 61/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness side View
Photo 62/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness rear View
Photo 63/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness rear View

Photo 64/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness engine View
Photo 65/103   |   1989 Peterbilt 379 The Little Train Of Happiness side Step View



1992 Peterbilt 379 long hood
Built by Sandvik Trucking, this truck is known to win at shows. It features a 460 Cummings engine, 15-speed transmission. and a 300-inch wheelbase.
Photo 66/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood front View
Photo 67/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood rear View
Photo 68/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood engine View

Photo 69/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood interior View
Photo 70/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1992 Peterbilt 379 Long Hood engine View
1998 Peterbilt 475
Also built by Sandvik Trucking, this truck features an amazing trible-flamed paint theme inside and out. And nothing says "this is my truck" like having yourself painted on the rear of the sleeper with a crowbar in your hand. Custom carved wooden panels also feature the tribal designs. Even the trailer bed is inlaid with wood.
Photo 71/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt front View
Photo 72/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt rear View
Photo 73/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt dash View

Photo 74/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt rear View
Photo 75/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt interior View
Photo 76/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt interior View

Photo 77/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt interior View
Photo 78/103   |   sandvik Trucking 1998 Peterbilt rear View



1998 Freightliner Classic XL
Known as the Legends and Heroes truck, this rig is painted Corvette yellow and features a 9-11 memorial on the rear of the cab and the face of late racing legend Dale Earnhardt ghosted on the hood. There are also the M&M characters painted all over the vehicle, and I mean under the cab, in the fan blades of the engine, and on the dash.
Photo 79/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL interior View
Photo 80/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL front View
Photo 81/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL engine View

Photo 82/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL engine View
Photo 83/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL interior View
Photo 84/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL under View

Photo 85/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL interior View
Photo 86/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL interior View
Photo 87/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL hood View

Photo 88/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL rear View
Photo 89/103   |   1998 Freightliner Classic XL rear View



Vigilante
This rig features custom flat metallic gray and black paint with custom hood vents, smoke stacks that resemble gun tips, and lugs made to look like bullet clip of a revolver. It's a Mad Max take on the classic Western theme.
Photo 90/103   |   truck front View
Photo 91/103   |   truck rear View
Photo 92/103   |   truck side Tanks View

Photo 93/103   |   truck front View
Photo 94/103   |   truck hood Vents
Photo 95/103   |   truck interior Head Liner



Two Blue Trucks
I can't tell you much about these trucks, but I do know they're from one of the biggest truck clubs in North America, Severed TIES. The work on these trucks pretty much says it all. From full custom air-ride suspensions, custom paint, and modified interiors, these two trucks are in a class of their own.
Photo 96/103   |   trucks front View
Photo 97/103   |   trucks rear View
Photo 98/103   |   trucks rear View

Photo 99/103   |   trucks rear View
Photo 100/103   |   trucks rear View
Photo 101/103   |   trucks interior View

Photo 102/103   |   trucks front View
Photo 103/103   |   trucks front View

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