Simple elegance guided by faith wowed readers

August 23, 2011  | by: Lucinda Coulter

Fans were exuberant in their praise of Bill and Johnny Culver’s 1990 Peterbilt 379, Tonight We Ride, at the 2005 Pride & Polish truck beauty contest in Louisville, Ky.

“The name Tonight We Ride speaks with confidence and determination but not arrogance,” Bill North of Wheaton, Ill., wrote in a contest to pick reader favorites among classic Pride & Polish winners.”The clean look of the truck, uncluttered by a lot of graphics and chicken lights, says, unashamedly, ‘This is a working truck.’”

Culvers’ Pete won the Readers Choice in that contest, the results of which were featured in the March 2005 Overdrive.

The 18-wheeler’s simple appearance reflects the humble origins of his business of making and mixing concrete in Paris, Ark., Johnny Culver told Overdrive when the award was presented. The name of the concrete business, Master Made, was intended to show God’s influence on the family and their enterprise. “The only way we were going to make it was with God’s help,” Culver said.

The Culvers each received an Overdrive jacket and other Overdrive products as prizes.

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