Greencastle man wins truck makeover in nationwide contest

April 11, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Wolfords are all set for Extreme Makeover: Rig Edition.

Don Wolford, 41, of Greencastle, has been chosen to have his 1977 Kenworth 900A receive a $50,000 restoration job - the grand prize of the Castrol Tection Extra Big Honkin' Truck Makeover contest.

Wolford turned in a charming essay written from the point of view of his Kenworth and beat out two other finalists in a nationwide vote. Wolford's truck will be shipped to Chrome Shop Mafia headquarters in Joplin, Mo., where the interior and exterior will be made over and a revitalized audio, video and communications system will be installed.

The truck is expected to be revealed at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August.

"At some point we will have a chance to go out and see it," said Maria Wolford, who spoke for her husband Don, on the road each week from Sunday to Friday. "The truck will be worked on all summer and sometime we will get to see a preview. We're pretty anxious to see it."


Maria said Don bought the Kenworth during the holidays because of rising fuel costs. A revamped truck might provide the opportunity to liberate the Wolfords from Don's 2006 Freightliner Coronado, which carries a hefty payment each month.

"The intention was for Don to fix (the Kenworth) up himself over the summer and get it on the road," Maria said. "Then the contest came along and it was perfect for us."

Maria said that Don was among hundreds of contestants for the grand prize and received the most votes in the biggest turnout of the contest, in its third year.

Maria virtually morphed into a campaign manager, soliciting press, creating fliers and T-shirts and calling on strangers for their online vote.

"I even asked the Schwan guy," she joked. "There was more voting than in the past two years combined. We just want to thank everyone who voted. We are extremely grateful."

Finalists were determined by a point system based on the essay's creativity, relevance and the photograph, and the three entries with the most points were the finalists.

The grand-prize winner was chosen based on how many online votes received, how many votes received March 27 and 28 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., and a point system based on how many votes each contestant receives and which essay the judges find to be most creative.

I'm a 77 Kenworth

ยท Following is the unedited essay submitted by Don Wolford for the contest:

I'm a 1977 Kenworth 900A,I'm from the 1970's when trucks and truck drivers were Kings Of The Road. I have traveled over 2 million miles on That Endless Black Ribbon for Six Days On The Road, always Chasin' That Long White Line. When I Come Driving Thru, people don't look at me much anymore, I'm just another old truck. Please help me keep the Wheels A Turning. With over 30 years of service, keeping this great country Movin' On,choose me, I think I've earned it. Thank You, the 1977 KW-900A.

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