MATS: more notes for your Louahvulle calendar

| 3/9/2010

If you are among the thousands of professional truckers planning to head to Louisville for the Mid-America Trucking Show March 25-27, here are some events worth scribbling down on your calendar.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a fifth listening session on the hours-of-service regulations. The listening session will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 26, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center South Wing Room B101.

Anyone who hopes to attend the listening session can pre-register for free before March 15 to attend the Mid-America Trucking Show at Registering the day of the listening session as part of MATS will require a $5 registration fee.

FMCSA will also host a pair of seminars on CSA 2010. The first one will be on March 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second will be March 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both session will be held in the South Wing Conference Center Room B-104.

Other MATS happenings to note on your calendar include the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship where 100 entries will be vying for honors. The event, which has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrates North America’s heavy-duty, working show trucks. Look for the action in Lot J on the west side of the complex.

The National Association of Show Trucks kicks off its 2010 show season at MATS. Check it out at NAST Booth No. 91450.

Each year Arrow Truck Sales gets behind a driver who has been down on his luck or for some reason has been sidelined from the road. The “Back on the Road” program has selected a 2010 winner, but it’s keeping it a secret until MATS. Country music star Aaron Tippin and Sirius XM radio personality Dave Nemo will be making the announcement at the truck show. OOIDA is one of the sponsors of this program. 

The 2009 Goodyear Highway Hero will be announced at the Truck Writers of North America industry banquet on March 25. Click here to see who the finalists are and the story behind each driver’s heroic deed.

On Friday night, Mobil Delvac sponsors a concert in Freedom Hall featuring John Anderson and The Grascals. Complimentary tickets will be distributed, while supplies last, from Mobil Delvac's Booth No. 18160 in the North Wing.

They are not the only entertainers you’ll find in Louisville that week. Joey Holiday reports that the show is part of his big 2010 super tour. Leland Martin does not have MATS on his 2010 show schedule, but Land Line has learned that he will be there. You can meet Leland at OOIDA’s North Lobby booth Saturday 10 to noon. 

Where is OOIDA going to be this year? The Association will have three booths at the 2010 show: Booth 11128 in the North Wing, Booth 65229 is in the West Wing, and there’s another booth in the North Lobby. Runner Jazzy Jordan will be a special guest at the North Lobby booth every day from noon to 3 p.m.

You can also find First Observer at its booth in the West Wing. The Association’s Director of Security Operations, Doug Morris, will be there each day along with other representatives from the First Observer program. If you haven’t signed up for the First Observer program, put this on your to-do list.

OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be parked at Papa John’s, where you can meet OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz and OOIDA Board Member Bill Rode of Eagle, ID. Ron Mermis will be close by in the OOIDA NASCAR simulator.

A number of trucker activities are expected to take place at Papa John’s, including the Trucker’s First Responder classes. OOIDA member and retired paramedic Jon Osburn is presenting a series of classes aimed at teaching truckers how to help at the scene of an accident. The classes will take place March 25-27 near the St. Christopher Fund tent in the Papa John’s parking lot. Classes are free of charge, but donations to the St. Christopher Fund are welcome.   

Those courses are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 25-26, 9-11 a.m. near the St. Christopher Fund tent. On Saturday, the course is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Drinks (coffee, pop, and water) will be furnished by UniGroup Safety Department.

That’s not all that’s happening at Papa John’s. OOIDA Life Member and veteran owner-operator Rusty Wade, wife Mary and many trucking friends are planning a non-fundraiser, non-agenda-driven, three-day party at the stadium parking lot. Drivers and others are invited to enjoy the fellowship, share the fun. Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages if you want, but the word is that some well-known asphalt chefs will be grilling night and day.

The HTAA Health Awareness Walk is the first-of-its-kind fitness event to be held in the trucking industry. Drivers who are thinking about getting fit, wanting to stay healthy, or looking for tips to enhance their workouts are invited to join their fellow drivers, along with Bob Perry (“The Trucker Trainer”) and The Trucking Solutions Group Driver Health Council on a 1.5-mile walk on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8 a.m. There is no cost, but registration is required. Registrants will receive walk packets, while supplies last, with health information and giveaways. For more info, go to

If you aren’t able to make the show, members of the Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now staff will bring the feel and flavor of the show via our blog, “Pork Chop Diaries.”

– By Land Line staff