For the Record

Truckers News Staff | July 01, 2010

Trucking to the Big D

Floyd Moore’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 took home Pride & Polish’s Best in Show honors for Working Bobtail at the 2009 GATS.

Great American Trucking Show in Dallas packed with seminars, exhibits, show trucks, live music and much more

By James Jaillet

The Great American Trucking Show knows how to mix work and play.

The Aug. 26-28 show will feature the professional and lifestyle sides of trucking, capping off the activities with a free concert by leading country and bluegrass acts.

The Grascals, a contemporary bluegrass band, will be the opening act at the show’s Friday, Aug. 27, concert.

Country music singer Randy Houser will headline the show’s Friday night concert presented by Mobil Delvac. Bluegrass band The Grascals will open for Houser. Tickets for the show are free and will be available the morning of Friday, Aug. 27, in the registration lobby.

Along with aisles of recruiting and equipment exhibits, the show will have daily informational sessions on topics such as fuel management, tax issues, financial efficiency, money-saving technology and the federal Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program.

New to this year’s show is the Health, Wellness and Safety Pavilion, sponsored by the Healthy Trucking Association of America and Truckers News’ Fit for the Road program. The pavilion will feature health-related exhibits and presentations and will host a 1.5-mile fun walk, health screenings and other events.

Country singer and CMT Awards nominee Randy Houser will play at the Great American Trucking Show’s Aug. 27 concert. Tickets are free and will be available the morning of the concert in the show registration lobby.

The show’s leading seminar for owner-operators will be Overdrive’s Partners in Business program. The workshop will be presented from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, by Todd Amen, head of owner-operator business services firm ATBS, and Overdrive columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford. The workshop will cover monitoring fixed and variable costs, building emergency funds, choosing loads, improving fuel mileage and staying ahead of industry trends. Attendees of the presentation will receive a free Partners in Business manual.

“From an owner-operator’s perspective, there are a lot of reasons to attend,” says the show’s director, Alan Sims. “The educational opportunities offer ways they can come gain insight and tools to help them in their business, and there’s a lot of fun to be had as well.”

Show truck enthusiasts will enjoy the Pride & Polish competition produced by Overdrive’s Custom Rigs and held indoors at the Dallas Convention Center. Staged at the Great American Trucking Show and four other venues this year, Pride & Polish will showcase trucks customized by individuals and some of the most innovative chrome shops in the country.

Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference

In conjunction with GATS, the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference will bring together an impressive lineup of speakers Aug. 25-26 to share real-world insights on the state of the recovery and what the industry must do to survive and thrive in the fourth quarter and beyond.

Presenters confirmed to date include: Dan Sobic, executive vice president, Paccar; Max Fuller, co-chairman, U.S. Xpress; Rusty Rush, president and CEO, Rush Enterprises; Jim O’Neal, president, O & S Trucking; Eric Starks, president, FTR Associates; Donald Broughton, managing director and senior research analyst, Avondale Partners; and Stu Mackay, president, Mackay and Company.

The conference is presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information. The event is sponsored by Castrol, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Utility Trailer. For pricing and registration details visit or call 919-406-8814 or e-mail strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.