Best of GATS: Pride & Polish champs, Most Beautiful crowning, biz strategy, software highlight 2014 show
The 2014 Great American Trucking Show was held last week and hosted the country’s most prestigious show truck competition, equipment displays, educational seminars for owner-operators, live entertainment and more. Here’s a rundown of some highlights.
Pride & Polish:
There were no shortage of show trucks — nearly 70 — for gawkers at the show, all competing in the Pride & Polish competition. And to top the whole event off, four trucks were named as this year’s Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Champions. Here is OD’s coverage, ranging from photo galleries showing off the competitors to stories on the winners:
Owner-operator business smarts:
This year’s show hosted two Partners in Business seminars, in which owner-op business experts offered attendees advice and direction on how to run more profitably by cutting costs and raising revenue.
Todd Amen of owner-operator business services provider ATBS spoke on Friday, in which he told the tale of two drivers. Click here to read the coverage and listen to a podcast of Amen’s presentation.
Kevin Rutherford spoke Saturday, emphasizing his goal-oriented strategy for owner-operators to increase their income. Click here to read coverage of his presentation and to listen to a podcast from his seminar.
The Texas Trucking Association also hosted some educational seminars, including ones on inspections and natural gas adoption in trucking. Click here to read coverage of those.
Tech, software updates:
Rand McNally unveiled not only a sleeker, updated version of its IntelliRoute TND line of truck-specific navigation units, it also announced completely revamped software for the units. It also announced its electronic logging device system can now be used through any mobile device by simply downloading their app. Click here to see coverage of Rand McNally’s updates.
Truck racing update:
The big rig racing series coming to the U.S. next year, ChampTruck, updated press members at the show on its locations and dates next year, along with what type of equipment will be used in the races.
It also unveiled its fleet/truck exchange program. Click here to read more on what ChampTruck announced and to see the dates for next year’s events.
Trucker Talent Search winner:
After months of listening, voting and singing, Overdrive’s first Trucker Talent Search (held in conjunction with Red Eye Radio and sponsored by Delo) named a winner after a three-person sing-off at the show on Friday.
Owner-operator Keith Sampson, who runs team with his wife, wowed the panel of celebrity judges with an original, called “The Woman Behind the Man Behind the Wheel”.
“Deadliest Catch” star Edgar Hansen also spent some time with the three TTS finalists. Click here to see video of their interactions.
Most Beautiful coronation:
Overdrive’s second Most Beautiful competition winner, Emily Weymouth, officially received her OMB crown Thursday at the show from last year’s winner Maggie Stone.