'Guilty' truckers converge on Joplin 4 State Trucks

'Guilty' truckers converge on Joplin

Special Olympics convoy shoots for another record

Mark your calendars, truckers: 4 State Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, will be hosting their 7th annual Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) and customer expo Friday and Saturday. Held at their corporate headquarters just off I-44 at exit 4 in Joplin, MO, the two-day event is expected to attract more than 10,000 truck fans, friends and family.

“We do this truck show each year to say ‘thanks’ to all of our loyal customers,” says Bryan Martin, owner of 4 State Trucks.  “It’s a great time. A fun time for our truckers and their families, for our staff, and for the entire Joplin area.”

GBATS this year and will feature at least 330 working show trucks, concerts by LIVEWIRE and Tony Justice, a kid’s zone, food vendors, contests, a world-class truck and tractor pull, fireworks, motorcycle stunt riders, big rig burnouts, as well as discounted sale pricing on parts and merchandise, organizers say. 

The show culminates with what’s billed as “the world’s largest truck convoy” making its way to downtown Joplin on Saturday evening for a massive street party and celebration.  Last year’s event set the record for number of trucks in a Special Olympics convoy and raised more than $73,000 for Special Olympics of Missouri. The goal in 2015 is to increase the number of trucks in the convoy while also establishing a new record for funds raised.

 “It’s nice that we were able to partner with Special Olympics of Missouri a few years ago.  All of the proceeds that are raised stay right here in Southwest Missouri,” says Martin.  “The drivers look forward to the convoy fundraiser each year. It’s a great way for them to show off their big rigs and they really step up and support it. We’re very proud of the trucking industry and we’re honored to be a part of such a great cause.”

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