Florida sheriff's office rounding up trucks for record-breaking convoy

| 5/2/2002

The sheriff's office in Orange County, FL, is rounding up trucks! They've already nabbed the OOIDA mobile display truck. No, this isn't an inspection crackdown. They are trying to break the record for the largest truck convoy while raising money for Special Olympics Florida.

On Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 a.m., participating trucks will gather at the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center at the intersection of Alafaya Trail (SR 434) and 408 (East-West Expressway) in Orlando. The truck route will cover an area of about 16 miles, ending at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive in Orlando.

Guiness World Records has been notified to authenticate this event as the largest truck convoy in the world. The trucks participating in the record-breaking fundraiser must be semi-trucks, truck-trailer combinations, large trucks, tankers, low-boys, dump trucks, flatbeds, buses, large tow trucks, large box trucks, etc. All trucks entering the convoy must be 10 GVW or larger. To participate in this event, you must become a sponsor. The designated sponsor categories are:

Convoy Participant - $100 donation allows one entry in the convoy with lunch provided for the driver.

Silver Sponsor - $1,000 donation allows up to two entries in the convoy. All sponsors donating $1,000 or more will have their company listed in the event program, receive lunch for a corporate representative and participating drivers, and receive a personal invitation to the press conference for the presentation of their company's contribution.

Gold Sponsor - $2,500 donation allows up to five entries in the convoy.

Guardian Sponsor - $5,000 donation allows up to 10 entries in the convoy with one placed within the first 15 trucks.The lead position in the convoy is up for auction with bids starting at $2,000. Bidding continues until noon June 1.

The donations from the truck convoy will benefit more than 15,000 children and adults with mental retardation and/or severe handicaps through Special Olympics Florida. Special Olympics allows 1 million athletes with mental retardation to demonstrate courage and experience a sense of accomplishment that comes with representing their communities in athletic events around the world. For information, contact Corporal Norm Schneiderhan at (407) 836-8675.