Believe it or not, the trucks looked good at one point.
But it’s been a few years. Now, they’re just ugly.
Bob Tobin, of Plain City, took home the big honor in West Jefferson on Friday. He owns the ugliest truck in Central Ohio. And he still drives it, too.
The Ugly Truck Parade was sponsored by 92.3 WCOL, a Columbus radio station, and featured on the Woody & The Wake-Up Call morning show. The show broadcasted live in front of village hall throughout the morning.
Participants had to submit pictures of their trucks in advance. The only requirement is that the vehicle must be able to drive the five-block parade through the village.
Tobin bought his Chevy S-10 pick-up truck new in 1985. Now, it boasts rusted floor boards and a bed “looking like the great arch in St. Louis,” said Woody Johnson, the radio show’s host.
“Bob, you must be embarrassed of that truck,” Johnson said.
“I’m fairly proud of that truck,” Tobin responded.
Judges were Jeff Pfeil, president of the West Jefferson Community Association; Nick Christopher, West Jefferson High School wrestling coach; and Tina McKenzie, of Child Space Consignment Store.
McKenzie invited the radio show to the village.
“The first truck I saw was ugly and it just jumps out at you,” she said. “Sometimes you just can’t describe ugly, but when you see it you know what it is.”
Tobin said he had planned to get rid of the truck last week, but decided to hold on for just a little longer. He’s previously driven the truck throughout winter to keep the salt off his newer vehicle.
The ugliest truck in central Ohio. It’s a beautiful thing.