Despite the midday heat, truckers work to make their rigs show worthy.
But the results are worth it. Multiply by 500 trucks.
For some, it's a family effort.
For others, it's lonely work.
"I think you missed a spot."
Attitude is important at GBATS.
But age doesn't matter.
Some truckers show off their loads.
Some just show off.
Some have a different sense of being proud. More to come on this "rat bus," cobbled together with all sorts or odds and ends.
... and trucks there.
More variations on theme of what, exactly, is a truck supposed to do.
Getting some relief from the heat.
Truckin' with mom! Why not?
It's even better when mom is there to correct your cargo securement technique.
Trucks bringing more trucks.
Some truckers have fans. It helps if you can sing like Tony Justice.
Tony Justice autographs some merch. He performs after the convoy Saturday. (We'll also have a sneak preview of a new video he's working on here. Stay tuned.)
Nobody goes hungry.
Did we mention that a lot of trucks are here?
Despite the name, GBATS is very much a family-friendly event.
Pet friendly, too.
Cool shades are important.
And cool dads, of course.
It's hard to keep the photographer out of the chrome. We'll call this one a selfie.
Speaking of parts from all over...
Let's have a closer look.
The registration area reminds everyone to remember the cause: Special Olympics.
Plenty of folks stop by the 4 State Trucks store, for a little cool air ...
... and some chrome shoppin', of course.
If they don't have it, you don't need it.
4 State Trucks and Chrome Shop Mafia have quite a facility here.
They keeping coming.
Uh-oh! Is a truck on fire?
Nope. Just the parking lot.
The EPA would not approve.
The 360 spins were fun at first ...
... but when the truck disappears into the smoke it gets disconcerting.
There's plenty of noise, and crossed fingers.
But when the smoke clears, the truck is right where it's supposed to be.
Vehicles of all sizes...
... and types.
And more trucks.
Not a standard engine.
Hey, something's wrong here.
In case you were wondering if anyone brought trucks to GBATS...
More personality on display.
Do the judges give bonus points for these?
Hey, look! Trucks.
Some truckers are less serious than others.
Some are even kinda mellow.
Not mellow. Crisp.
Bryan Martin announces Friday evening's festivities from the "press box."
This crowd stands for the presentation of the flag.
The Urias Family Daredevils go a spin in the Globe of Death.
Pullers came from far and wide.
Making digital memories.
What's under the hood, you ask?
The sun always shines on GBATS.
More trucks you don't see every day.
Not sure what the political message is here.
Did we mention unusual vehicles?
Bryan Martin explains that participants can work as much or as little as they want on their trucks: GBATS is more about just showing up than a typical truck show.
And the only judges are the participants.
Bobtail Best of Show, Fleenor Brothers' "Ace in the Hole."
Then it's on to downtown Joplin for the annual parade and party.
Truckers got their kicks.
More than 400 trucks occupied Main Steet.
Want some more close-ups? We'll be posting later from the parade.