The ninth annual Guilty By Association Truck Show kicks off Friday, Sept. 22, in Joplin, Mo., and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be in full view all weekend.
GBATS, which is scheduled from Sept. 22-23, will be one of the first opportunities for the public to see OOIDA’s new trailer. Jon Osburn, the skipper of OOIDA’s Spirit of the American Trucker tour truck, traveled to Louisville, Ky., last week to pick up the new trailer with a 31-inch drop frame and closed tandem axle body. It is 13 feet, 6 inches tall with a length of 53 feet and a width of 8 feet, 6 inches.
The new trailer will be more interactive, allowing members to connect online to take various training courses or write a letter to their respective lawmakers.
“It’s going to be a great new tool in accomplishing a huge mission,” Osburn said, “and that is enabling OOIDA to take the latest information and resources directly to the drivers out on the road.”
In addition to Osburn, several members of Land Line and Land Line Now will be at GBATS. Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones and Staff Writers Tyson Fisher and Mark Schremmer will be in attendance, along with Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig and Producer Barry Spillman.
The staffs will be focused on hearing OOIDA members’ stories from the road and covering the show, which has grown considerably since its inaugural year of 2009.
GBATS is expecting about 550-600 trucks in attendance. The first show had 38 trucks.
“It’s heading to be one of the larger trucking-type events,” GBATS organizer Bryan Martin said. “It’s not a trade and exhibit show. It’s a truck show. 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.”
Some of the highlights include big rig burnouts, a Timberworks Lumberjack show, a semi-truck and tractor pull, and the Special Olympics Convoy.
A full schedule of events can be found at the Chrome Shop Mafia website, or by using the new GBATS 2017 phone application.
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