The “Spirit of the American Trucker” headed out of OOIDA’s
parking lot Tuesday, Jan. 18, for its final six-week tour with Woody and Paula
Chambers at the helm.
The pair, who has piloted the association’s truck for the
past four years, will retire from the Spirit after they return from the current
six-week stint and make one last official appearance in the Spirit at the
Mid-America Trucking Show.
“I’ve been driving a truck since I was 17,” Woody said
shortly before they departed on their final trip. “And I’m ready (to retire).”
Paula was excited about their final trip and ready to soak
in all the sites and visit one more time with all the members they meet on the
Woody and Paula were treated to a surprise send-off at the
OOIDA headquarters as they left the building to head out to the Spirit, which
was parked outside the association’s headquarters in Grain Valley, MO. They
were cheered, hugged, congratulated, thanked and wished the best of luck on
their last tour by OOIDA executives and employees.
Though retiring from the Spirit, Woody and Paula will remain
very active with the association as Woody continues to serve as general vice
president and Paula continues to serve on the association’s scholarship
OOIDA is in the process of accepting applications for a
married couple to take the reins of the Spirit.
Candidates must have a minimum of eight years owner-operator
experience with an excellent driving and safety record. Preference will be
given to life members and senior members of the association. Driving the Spirit
is intended to be a full-time or nearly full-time position, and the salary
package is negotiable.
Send application letters, driving/employment history and a
description of your motivation to: OOIDA Marketing Department, PO Box 1000,
Grain Valley, MO 64029. You may also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No telephone applications please.