Woody and Paula take off on farewell tour

| 1/18/2005

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 road.

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 committee.

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 marketing@ooida.com. No telephone applications please.