Simulator is bound for Fergus Truck Show July 24-27

| Thursday, July 17, 2008

One of the biggest truck shows in North America is just a week off. The Fergus, Ontario, truck show in Canada is scheduled for July 24-27 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.

This year show management has added an amusement park and an 8-cylinder demolition derby to the agenda, which already included lots of music, truck and tractor pulls, a Show & Shine and tons of barbeque.

But wait, there’s more.

The Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada is bringing the thrill of NASCAR wide-oval racing to the Fergus Truck Show.

The retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car, sponsored by the Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, is currently set up as a simulator/trainer. Equipped with a 24-inch video screen in the cockpit so drivers can get into the spirit of the race, the simulator features active full-motion suspension and surround-sound that provides a realistic racing experience – from the roar of the engine to the feel of bumps in the track and the impact of hitting other cars as you wind your way forward from the back of the pack.

“It’s almost everyone’s dream to drive a NASCAR racer, but this may be as close as most folks ever get,” stated OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie in a press release. “We’ll be offering free rides to new OBAC members who sign up at the show, and collecting donations for Trucking for Wishes from others. That way, we’ll share in helping children’s dreams come true as well.”

The Fergus Family Fun Zone, sponsored by NAL Insurance, will offer amusement rides, family games, crafts, and play areas at the truck show to raise funds for Trucking for Wishes. The mission of Trucking for Wishes, working through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is to fulfill the dreams of children with life threatening illnesses.

OBAC and the NASCAR simulator will be set up at space No. L-54 at the Fergus show.

Ritchie is urging truckers attending the Fergus show to try their luck on the wide oval. She confirmed that the simulator’s speed-limiter has not been activated.

OOIDA member Ron Mermis, who travels with the simulator to truck stops and truck shows all over the U.S. signing up OOIDA members, is looking forward to bringing the simulator to Canada for the first time.

“Drivers on both sides of the border need to work together and speak with a united voice,” says Mermis. “And there’s nothing wrong with having some fun together, too.”

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