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As you read this, it is probably the middle of September. If it's not September 20, then get in your truck and head to Tulsa, Oklahoma! Now! I'm not kidding. Has any magazine ever offered you a guaranteed photo in the magazine if you show up at an event? Well, I've offered just that if you enter your truck in the show 'n' shine at the Super Diesel Shootout September 20 and 21 at Tulsa Raceway Park.
I promise a good time, too, as there will be drag racing, sled pulling, dyno testing, mud bogging, and the aforementioned show 'n' shine. We expect some big names there, and you won't want to miss it. The trophies for the show 'n' shine are epic, too. They will surely be collector's items and highly sought after.
I do hope you will walk up to me at the event and introduce yourself. I always wear a black 8-Lug shirt, so I'm not hard to find. I'll probably have a black cowboy hat on, too, to try to avoid a sunburn. And I'll have a camera in hand. Point at your truck and let me make you famous!
OK, enough of the Super Diesel Shootout talk. Let's move on to other business. Like Work Truck Review magazine. We sure had a good year in 2013. Every other issue of 8-Lug was replaced with an issue of Work Truck Review, and it was well received by both readers and advertisers. So we plan to continue with the every-other-issue plan for 2014. That means we're still looking for good work trucks! Are you a contractor, electrician, pipeline welder, or a small business owner with a cool truck? We want to see it. Our readers want to see it. Send a sample photo with some info to Bob.Carpenter@sorc.com to bring my attention to your truck. After that, it might show up in Bragging Rights (our version of Readers' Rides), or as a news item, mini-feature, or maybe even a full-blown feature with one of our professional photographers. You'll never know unless you send in a photo…or show up in Tulsa.
Speaking of traveling, I went to Tomah, Wisconsin, to see the Shell Rotella SuperRigs show—and what an experience that was! The collection of big rigs was vast and varied. And the quality of the builds was amazing. Chrome, pinstriping, billet parts, custom paint, and lots more set these rigs apart from anything else on the road. And they have to be working trucks in order to be eligible. The event is held somewhere different every year, so when you hear where it's going to be (go to shell.com/rotella/superrigs), you should make plans to attend.