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Customized big rigs on display at CVTC this weekend


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Dozens of big rigs have parked in Eau Claire this weekend as part of an annual showcase of semi superiority. This is the fourth year the show has been held at the CVTC parking lot on Clairemont Avenue.

"I'm not sure how many watts are in that stereo system but it's a pounding system," said Scott Wilcox, a driver for Rethwisch Transport.

When you think semi's, you usually don't think sound systems and paint jobs.

But many of the sixty five rides that are part of the Eau Claire big rig truck show are far from typical transportation.

"You've got a completely painted dash, the gas pedals are totally customized they even say Rethwisch Transport in the gas pedal," added Wilcox.

From completely custom interiors, to extraordinary exteriors, this eighteen-wheeler is a rolling tribute to our nation's military members.

"You just can't show enough appreciation to the people that do lay down their lives for you and people in the country, without even a second thought," said Carl Trout, Bogie's Express Driver.

With a special spot for those who lost their lives on 9/11.

"On the front of the truck is a list of all the paramedics and first responders that went into the twin towers that were killed," Trout explained.

Of course with football season right around the corner, a passionate packers fan has a big rig that's ready for kickoff.

"You'd be surprised how many Packers fans there are around the country. I don't think there's a day that goes by that we're on the road that someone doesn't take a picture of us," said Mary Norton, who's husband owns a packer-clad semi.

Even the wheels roll with the green and gold.

"We have our cheesehead erasers that we use for valve cover stems just to add a little uniqueness to it. We found a beer tap logo that has the packers on the front, so we figured that would fit in, too," said Norton.

Many drivers split time driving back and forth between Minnesota and Wisconsin. So whose pavement do drivers prefer?

"The weather is a big difference too in the winter time, who keeps better roads. Wisconsin does, I'd have to say that," Wilcox said.

The big rigs will take part in a special light parade later this evening. It starts at 8:30 at the CVTC parking lot. For a map of the parade route click here. The show wraps up Sunday at 2 p.m.

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