Walcott event honors Trucker Buddy founder and OOIDA member

| 7/21/2006

This year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree on July 13 and 14, in Walcott, IA, featured many beautiful show trucks from all over the country, but also honored a well-known man who has had a positive influence on the trucking industry, Gary King, founder of Trucker Buddy International.

Delia Moon Meier, executive vice president of the Iowa 80 Truckstop, presented OOIDA members Harvey and Karen Zander of St. Louis, MN, with the first-ever Gary King-Trucker Buddy Trophy.

“I can’t tell you how honored we are to get this,” Harvey Zander said. “Gary is our mentor and our inspiration.”

King founded the non-profit organization in 1992 as a way of connecting classrooms of grade school students with professional truck drivers. He received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony and said he was pleased the Zanders were chosen to receive the award named in his honor.

“Besides having a beautiful truck, they are active Trucker Buddies who reach out to the community and that puts us all in a better light,” King told Land Line Magazine.

The Gary King-Trucker Buddy Trophy will be handed out annually to a Trucker Buddy member entered in the Truckers Jamboree Truck Beauty Contest. The organization’s personnel will select the entrant who best exemplifies the organization’s ideals, starting with presenting a great-looking truck, and including the entrant’s involvement with students and the public in general.

Among the big winners at the show this year were OOIDA members Rusty Wyrick of Mansfield, OH, who took home six awards while the Zanders took home five awards. Click here for a complete winners’ list.

The Iowa 80 Truckstop is at Exit 284 on Interstate 80. The first Walcott Truckers Jamboree was staged in 1979 as a way to say thank you to professional drivers who visit the truck stop. Mark your calendars for next year’s Jamboree, scheduled for July 12 and 13, 2007.