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The Witches Inn

By on September 1, 2019

Shell Rotella® SuperRigs® Winner

The story of Theresa DeSantis’ 1985 Peterbilt 359 EXHD and its 2016 East Beast II trailer is best told by the accompanying photos. Theresa and husband, Dean, purchased this truck new. During its 34 years on the road, The Witches Inn has logged more than 2.9 million miles and has undergone some major rebuilds and transformations.

Over the years, Theresa has been called some less-than-flattering names. One of them rhymes with witch. Neither word actually describes this hard-working, image-conscious professional driver. Not wanting to be that person she had been called, she jokingly took on a “witchy” persona—partly for fun and partly to establish a “don’t-mess-with-me” attitude. Inspired by the Wizard of Oz, Theresa wanted the graphics to convey the mythical spirit of Halloween without being scary.

During a 2010 vehicle inspection, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer asked her if she ever entered her truck in shows. She hadn’t given that much thought but decided to give it a try. The Witches Inn has only been shown seven times—three in Las Vegas, three at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship held in conjunction with the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, and this year’s SuperRigs. In addition to the $10,000 top prize for Best-of-Show, Theresa and The Witches Inn also captured Best Theme and Best Engine trophies.

Theresa is based in Apache Junction, Arizona. She and Dean are dedicated owner-operators with Long Haul Trucking headquartered in Albertville, Minnesota. 

The Witches Inn Highlights:

  • • 1985 Peterbilt 359 EXHD
  • • 3406C Cat® power
  • • 285-inch wheelbase
  • • 359-inch frame length
  • • Eaton Fuller 18-speed
  • • 3.25 Eaton Fuller rear gears
  • • 2016 East Beast II trailer
  • • 48-foot length
  • • 102-inch width
  • • Front-axle lift
  • • Rear stairway
  • • Aero Tarp System

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