OOIDA members organize show truck event in Texas

| 3/13/2009

Down in Texas where the claim to fame is to do everything big – it seems all the more appropriate a group of OOIDA members and some friends are hosting a “large car” exhibition this summer.

OOIDA member Tommy Roach of Robert Lee, TX – along with members John C. Schmitz of Odessa and William Mecroules of Rhome, and truckers Calvin Long and Jeff Hardage – have put together Lone Star Large Cars, Inc. – a Texas working show truck organization.

They are holding their first show truck exhibition in May. The first Cotton Patch Large Car Gathering and Diesel Drags will be May 8 and 9 at the San Angelo Dragway in San Angelo, TX.

Festivities will include a display of working show trucks, antique trucks and diesel drag races. Corley Freightliner of San Angelo, TX, will be hosting a barbeque during the event. There will also be drawings and prizes. Races will begin at sundown.

A trophy for the “People’s Choice” truck will be given to the vehicle that receives the most votes. Attendees can submit their choices for $1 each. The proceeds will benefit one of the race track employees who incurred a great deal of medical bills after being injured in an auto accident in December.

Participants do not need to preregister for the gathering. They can pay $20 at the gate the day of the show. If they would like to race, it is an additional $17. To be a part of the event, trucks need to be at the track by 10 a.m. on Saturday. Gates open to the public at noon.

The San Angelo Dragway is located on U.S. Highway 87 South at Hawk Avenue.

Truckers arriving on Friday will be permitted to park at the race track overnight. Roach says the track can easily accommodate 50 to 100 trucks.

For more information about the Cotton Patch Large Car Gathering and Diesel Drags, please click here or call Tommy Roach at 325-473-8888.

By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff