Guilty By Association Truck Show is scheduled for Sept. 22-23

By Land Line staff | Monday, September 11, 2017

The 2017 Guilty By Association Truck Show will be from Sept. 22-23 in Joplin, Mo.
Bryan Martin, the show’s organizer, said about 550-600 trucks are expected for the ninth annual edition of GBATS.

“It’s heading to be one of the larger trucking-type events. It’s not a trade and exhibit show. It’s a truck show,” said Martin, who owns 4 State Trucks in Joplin. “It’s a place where you can bring your buddies, your dad, your granddad and your family. It’s really developed a life of its own.”
The show has grown large enough that the registration tent has been moved about a quarter-mile away.

The registration lot will include a food truck, a courtesy tent with complimentary bottled water, portable restrooms, truck washes and metal polishing services.
Among the main events for Friday, Sept. 22 are the big rig burnouts at noon, the second annual swap meet from noon to 5 p.m., a guided shop tour at 3 p.m., the Larry H. Martin Memorial Award Presentation at 6:40 p.m., Timberworks Lumberjack show at 7 p.m., a semi-truck and tractor pull at 7:15 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m. The Lucas Motor Sports Truck and Tractor Pull is sponsored by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

The Timberworks Lumberjack show is new to GBATS and also will be featured Saturday night in downtown Joplin.

Other featured events on Saturday, Sept. 23, include the big rig burnouts at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the kids’ pedal tractor pull at noon, the swap meet from noon-5 p.m., the truck show awards presentation at 4 p.m., and the Special Olympics Convoy auction at 4:15 p.m.

The convoy, which generates money for Special Olympics of Southwest Missouri, leaves for downtown Joplin at 6 p.m. The night will conclude with a concert from country musician Rich McCready and the lumberjack competition.

“The crown jewel of the event is the Special Olympics Convoy,” Martin said. “It’s very impressive to see what all these truckers do by teaming up for one weekend. Last year, we raised right about $110,000 for Special Olympics in two short days.”

A full schedule of events can be found at or the new GBATS 2017 phone application.

“Anything and everything you need to know regarding the show is right there on your phone to where you don’t necessarily have to call or find a laptop and go to our website,” Martin said. “The app will also provide real-time show updates over the weekend.”

There is no cost for a truck driver to enter his or her truck.

“We haven’t focused on making it highly competitive,” Martin said. “It’s a no-stress show. It’s literally a wash-and-park. It makes it more of a relaxed, interactive, fun get-together with thousands of truckers.”

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