A trucking ambassador: Interviewing ‘Truck Stop Missouri’ star Joe Bechtold
Any particularly memorable moments for you from the filming that include your driver customers?
There was a father-son team with an amazing Peterbilt, and they brought it in and swung in during a car show — they just happened to be coming through, and they were a really unique family, from the East Coast. They were a unique pair, had a really interesting family dynamic. But really, nothing that stands out more than another moment, just a lot of really great guys.
What’s your sense of the driver community’s awareness of the show now that it’s been going for a good while?
I think it’s still so new that the entire trucking community doesn’t know about it. We get people coming in – and this has happened many times – their wives tell them they’ve “got to swing by that truckstop in Missouri.” They know where their husbands’ routes are.
And then folks come in and try to get in a picture with me. That’s been pretty interesting. I think the word’s getting out there and we’re getting more and more well-known.