By David Tanner
Aaron Tippin’s involvement in the “Back on the Road 2009” campaign sponsored by Arrow Truck Sales is a natural fit given his stint as a trucker before he became a country music star.
“You’ve got to have some history,” Tippin said during a visit in mid-November to OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, MO.
Tippin, often described as one of the hardest working men in country music, stopped by to share a few anecdotes from his days of driving a “White Road Commander back in the old cabover days,” and to promote the second year of Arrow’s “Back on the Road” campaign.
The campaign will put a deserving former trucker back behind the wheel, chosen from written entries received online at backontheroad2009.com by Jan. 16, 2009.
“Because we all know it ain’t hard to run up on a stump when you’re trucking,” Tippin said.
Tippin will help Arrow select the winner who will receive a one-year lease of a 2006 Volvo VNL 670 courtesy of Volvo Trucks North America. The winner will also receive insurance provided by OOIDA and many other valuable gifts and prizes.
Arrow will announce the winner in March 2009 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
“Knowing that a lot of truckers are on the brink right now, there’s no better time for us to do this,” Tippin said.
Lane Bartram, marketing manager for Arrow Truck Sales, said having Tippin on board is a blessing because he will help bring awareness to the men and women who refuse to give up despite losing a truck or a job through circumstances beyond their control.
“It’s been phenomenal,” Bartram said. “Aaron is the real deal.” Tippin recently recorded an album of trucking favorites that he hopes to release in February. LL