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West Coast Custom Rigs
Super Show & Drags
Auto Club Dragway at Fontana, CA
05-31-09
Story and Photos
by Roger Rohrdanz

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Roger Rohrdanz

  So, you want a really BIG show? They don’t get any bigger then the West Coast Custom Rigs Super Show & Drags.

Over 200 Big Rigs filled the pits at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, CA. Their goal was to have a truck show where truckers could show off their mind-blowing rigs and, at the same time, enjoy this day of appreciation. A day not only fun for truckers, but for everyone in their family as well. Many different activities were included to keep folks entertained such as raffles, games, face painting, swap meet, and live music. Their idea of games included, a working truck contest, tow truck contest, hot dog eating contest, Jake brake contest, Train horn contest, a light show and, of course, mile drags.

  These trucks are not the working trucks you see on the road every day. These trucks have customized interiors, detailed engines, special paint and graphics, big chrome/polished wheels, and the trailers are finished to perfection. Some have 100s of lights all over the cab and trailer. At night they had an amazing “Light Show” where the lit trucks drove around the parking lot. Another feature at the event were the NHRA Jr. Dragsters, these are powered, miniature dragsters driven by kids between 8 and 17 years old. They drag raced each other on the track to determine a winner. They provided quite a contrast to the Big Rigs! The drag racing trucks put on a great show. Their burnouts were awesome! One of the special trucks build just for drag racing came all the way from Canada.

  The West Coast Custom Rigs Super Show & Drags has chosen their charity for this event to be Shriners Hospitals for Children. This show provided a full day of good family entertainment. I look forward to the next West Coast Custom Rigs Super Show & Drags.

Thanks for the Show!

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The pits at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, CA. was full and the mile drag strip, on the right, is waiting for some contestants.

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Spectators had an opportunity to be up close to over 200 trucks and trailers.

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Of course the people on quads are smiling, they don’t have to walk to see the fan-tastic Big Rigs.

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Eddie Hall walks through the NHRA Jr. Dragsters that he sponsored at this show.

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Clearwater Trucking’s 2006 Kenworth T-300. Check out the detail on the tires!

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Dave Jones from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. packed a twin turbo V8 CAT in his very sharp ’76 Pererbilt.

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 Check out all the lights on Garcia’s customized 2007 Peterbilt 379 pallet hauler. The wheels and interior are amazing!

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The “Past & Present”! Arrowhead Spring Water’s current, customized, Freightliner Tanker truck sits along side their ’31 Ford Delivery truck.

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Awesome graphics and many, many lights.

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“Flat Out”! This mind-blowing custom could be called a CAT powered Peterbilt but parts came from everywhere. The great graphic flames extent the length of the frame. The wheels have been remachined to accept 24” car tires and of course it’s bagged. The owner is Jeff Botelho of Los Banos, CA

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This isn’t what shows up when I call for “roadside assistance”?

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Check out this trailer with the people standing by the front!! Just the trailer is 165 feet long and can expand out to 20 feet wide!!! It can carry a 450,000 lb load. It has 2 “steering stations” which allows it to be “Dual Lane” capable. A crew of 6 are required to operate this Mega-trailer. One last bit of information, it rolls on 88 tires!! Thanks to Jim Ellison at Piazza Trucking for this info.

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The Drag Strip Staging Lanes are full, we’re ready to go Drag Racing!

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How’s that for a burnout? Gord Cooper from Canada has a fast drag truck.

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Tyson Talkington from Fontana, CA has one of the fastest drag trucks in the nation.

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Another drag truck does a nice burnout.

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Wayne Talkington from Fontana, CA has the fastest drag truck in the nation.

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Smokin’ the tires on a dump truck!

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The cool white wall tires don’t seem to slow down Alfonso Hernandez and his ’98 Freightliner (in the near lane).

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All afternoon Big Rigs paired-up to drag race each other to the finish line.  Great show!

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Sandwiched between the Big Rigs, the Jr. Dragsters made their runs.

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The Duke’s of San Bernardino, CA. showed up with some cars & bicycles.

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Ed Loieli brought his ’50 Chevy “Fastback”.

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“Paul” broudht his ’52 Chevy Pickup.

 

 

 

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