By Larry Pruitt
We haven’t shown very much in the last couple of years. Bustin’ Out! is now over ten years old. Our priorities have changed somewhat as we have been off racing with the grandkids. Along with that, the truck is starting to show its miles and as much as you try to keep up with making a good showing wear and tear has taken its toll.
We are making plans to do quite of bit of work and make some (we think) pretty cool changes to make it new and improved. Work has already started on some new and different stainless and we are going to tweak the paint a bit along with updating and changing the lighting package. We are planning to start showing again next year.
This truck showing bug gets in your crawl and it’s hard to shake it off. As far as addictions are concerned, we think this is a pretty good one to have. You go down the highway everyday and you catch yourself looking at trucks that go past and you say to yourself, “I like what they did with the lights there or the way they used a different piece of chrome here and there.” You’re always thinking of ways to incorporate something new into your ride and making it your own design so it doesn’t appear that you just stole the idea from somebody. It does become challenging to add any kind custom work to your truck. Every time you think you’ve run out of ways to customize an aspect of your truck, somebody somewhere in this great country of ours will come up with something completely new that we have never seen before, and within a couple years there will be variations that builders will make to that new innovative idea. So, it’s an ever-evolving phenomenon that seems to always take it to a higher level of cool.
I must caution you with new and innovative cutting-edge ideas also comes the practical dilemma. As I have said before, you have to make sure the changes to your truck is conducive to the application of your business. For example, don’t install a big rear drop bumper with twenty LED lights on a dump truck. You will most definitely have the coolest truck in town, that is, until you unload it for the first time.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the working trucks. The trucks that you see on the highway when it’s pouring down rain and you’ll also see them sitting in traffic in the middle of an ice storm. I have to take my hat off to those men and women. They’re the same people that you’ll be competing with at the truck show next summer.
At times there seems to be a growing disparage between “show only” and “working trucks” and I’d like to commend the truck show promoters on their ability to keep them separated at all of the big shows. If you let the two together it only serves to make the competitions less fun and as I believe, unfair for both groups. As far as I’m concerned, those two groups are opposite ends of the spectrum. I have seen so called “working trucks” show up to a show on a trailer. One thing that a truck show competitor loves to hear is when someone walks up to them at a show and says, “You don’t use this truck for work do you?” and you see the pride in their face and hear it in their voice when they tell them, “Oh no, this truck runs five or six hundred miles a day.”
I would also like, at this time, to thank the great folks at the Iowa 80 Group for giving me this platform. I have enjoyed this opportunity to be able to share some of our experiences and kind of reminisce about our travels as truck show competitors. I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the folks who have taken the time out of their day or evening to read my ramblings. Some have told me how much they have enjoyed my story and I must say I was really touched by those nice comments.
So long for now, you never know we may come back with another group of stories, we’ll see! Until then, keep on truckin’ and showin’.
Larry Pruitt is an owner-operator with over 20 years of experience and has been involved in trucking for close to 40 years. He is a firefighter in North St. Louis County Missouri and resides with his wife, Jeanette, in Saint Clair, MO.