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Ugliest Pickup Contest
Beat-up and ugly, belching smoke and clattering all the way, 18 of the ugliest pickups in Denton County, Texas made their way to what may be the world's first "ugliest pickup" contest held in Denton.
Grand prize went to David Pringle, proud owner of a 1961 Ford that at one time had been declared "4-F" by the Army, Air Force, Department of the Interior, and the Denton school system, before it ended up in Pringle's hands. The little bit of paint that still clings to the old Ford is a dark shade of green.
Ted Meador's second place winner came out of his grandfather's backyard. The "off-white" '63 Chevy doesn't look good but he says he still uses it every day in his summer lawn care business.
Third place belonged to Kieth Pierce of Denton with a '57 Dodge.
Rusted almost completely red with remanants of yellow paint still visible, observers tried to find out how the rusted truck bed and hook were connected to the rest of the truck. One fellow contestant who didn't win a prize muttered "it's easy to win with a Dodge".
The losers in the first annual "ugliest pickup" contest had plenty of excuses. Rich Pentecost who's '59 Ford didn't even place, said he ruined his chances when he was forced to replace the truck's windshield for safety reasons.
JoAnne Ferris, who didn't win, nevertheless made a colorful contestant. She entered a 1966 Ford without a front bumper. The truck is red and white with large areas of rust. The front grill is turquoise. The truck's named "Betsy" and only needs a quart of oil "every five minutes".

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6