Joplin super jazzed with GBATS Special Olympics convoy; more to come

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Three hundred. That is the number that future Special Olympics convoys will have to beat to hold the unofficial record for most participants. On Sept. 27, Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks rallied 300 trucks to raise $67,000 for the Special Olympics World’s Largest Truck Convoy at the Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo.

The official Guinness record for the Special Olympics “World’s Largest Convoy” was set back in 2002 in Orlando, Fla., with 248 trucks participating.

Land Line photo by Kim Borron

Three hundred trucks roll in Joplin convoy.

In conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the one-day event combines celebrating the truck industry with raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Truckers will meet at a staging location and move the convoy to a predetermined location. Other events will vary from location to location.

This Saturday, Oct. 4, Delaware and Illinois will be hosting a Special Olympics convoy.

Harrington, Del., will be holding a Special Olympics convoy at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Trucks will deploy at 10 a.m. followed by a festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 100 trucks are expected, and festivities will include prize raffles, vendors, live auction for convoy positions, and music.

For more information on the Delaware convoy, call 302-831-3482 or visit www.sode.org.

Illinois will be hosting a convoy at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill. Also departing at 10 a.m., the convoy will have a police escort for the 22-mile ride along I-80 and I-57. Last year, 85 trucks participated to raise $42,250. Since 2005, Illinois has raised more than $340,000 with a total of 517 trucks.

For more information on the Illinois convoy, call 800-394-0562 or visit www.soill.org.

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