By Land Line staff
With the exception of a few excursions, the parking lot at OOIDA’s Grain Valley headquarters has been the home of the Association’s tour truck for the past two years, but that’s now all changed. “The Spirit of the American Trucker” is road ready again and has hit the highway with a new driver, new sponsors and a busy new schedule.
“We’ve made a big effort to find the right person to pilot the truck,” said OOIDA Director of Marketing Mike Schermoly, “and we are pleased to announce that our driver is Jon Osburn, an OOIDA senior member from Boise, ID.
“Jon brings plenty of contacts through his work with the MeRV and brings a special knowledge of health issues, legislative issues and more,” said Schermoly. “And he’s well-known to truckers and many in the industry.”
“The Spirit” is not only OOIDA’s corporate display, but also a complete mobile information center, office on wheels, membership depot and generally just a great place to find out about the Association and what it does.
“The muraled Kentucky van trailer is our own equipment, and we now own a 2005 black Peterbilt 387,” said Schermoly. “We are excited about the addition of some new sponsors such as 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Michelin, The Big Rig Mattress, Dynasys, Rush Truck Centers and others.”
Schermoly said OOIDA is “really looking forward to expanding the role of the truck and its presence out there.”
“The truck is a vital part of our communication with members out on the road,” he said.
For some upcoming events, Jon and “The Spirit” truck will be working in tandem with OOIDA Life Member Ron Mermis and his touring NASCAR simulator.
After fine-tuning the dates, the schedule of the truck stops and events on Jon’s itinerary will be published in Land Line, posted on the Association’s websites and Facebook pages, and will be frequently broadcast on OOIDA’s satellite radio show, “Land Line Now,” on Sirius XM Road Dog Channel 106. LL