Shell presents redone truck to team drivers

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After 1.5 million miles, Bob and Jeri Martin’s 1995 Peterbilt 379 wasn’t quite up to the standards it was when it appeared on the 1997 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar, but that changed dramatically Friday, Aug. 24, at the Great American Trucking Show.

The team drivers from Lafayette, Ind., leased to Trailer Transit, won a $50,000 truck makeover as part of the 25th anniversary of the SuperRigs competition in June. The results were made public during an unveiling at Shell’s GATS exhibit.”It’s awesome,” said Jeri Martin. “The floors look fantastic.”

The makeover was done by S&J Truck Sales of Fort Wayne, Ind. S&J built the Best of Show truck at the 2007 Mid-America Trucking Show Big-Rig Build-Off, as well as the People’s Choice truck at the 2006 SuperRigs competition. Partners for the makeover contest include Bridgestone, Alcoa and Pana-Pacific.

Shell also announced that a fully synthetic CJ-4 oil will be introduced this year and that new packaging for Rotella products will appear on shelves in September. The bottle features a top handle for easier carrying and a side handle for easier pouring.