Hitting the big time

| October 01, 2006

First-class exhibits, entertainment, giveaways and educational seminars attracted record crowds to the Dallas Convention Center in August for the eighth annual Great American Trucking Show.

The number of attendees increased by 2.2 percent over the 2005 show, reaching 45,914 by the close of the three-day show.

“We are very pleased with this year’s sustained growth,” said Alan Sims, executive director of GATS. “The show floor grew by 16 percent, with nearly 570 exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment and technology to allow fleets, drivers and owner-operators to operate more efficiently.”

Several music, television and radio personalities were also on hand to sign autographs and perform at GATS.

Mobil Delvac sponsored a free concert starring country singer Aaron Tippin on Aug. 25, and Volvo Trucks North America sponsored a free concert by the legendary Ronnie Milsap on Aug. 26.

Signing autographs at GATS were country singer Trace Adkins, stars of Trick My Truck and radio personality Bill Mack, among others.

The show also offered Partners in Business owner-operator success seminars and the second Fleet Forum, hosted by the Texas Motor Transportation Association and Commercial Carrier Journal and featuring keynote speaker Dallas Cowboys football great Roger Staubach.
CJ-4 oils

Oil manufacturers announced they are ready to launch new versions of their oils to meet API CJ-4 requirements. The updated oils are designed to work in 2007 engines and also will be backward compatible.

Chevron says its new CJ-4 big-truck motor oil will thrive in the higher heat created by ’07 engines.

Chevron says its extensive testing – which included big-truck engines from Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International, Mack and Volvo – shows that CJ-4 lubricates as well as or better than its predecessor, CI-4 Plus.

CJ-4 hits the market Oct. 15, in Chevron’s Delo jug with LE for “low emissions” or Texaco’s Ursa jugs sporting EC for “exhaust compatible.”

Mobil Delvac’s updated lineup includes a newly reformulated Mobil Delvac 1300 Super (15W-40). Coming in October 2006, and with more than 7 million miles of on-highway testing, Mobil Delvac’s “Million Mile Oil” will exceed API CJ-4 requirements for soot-viscosity control, wear performance, deposit control and oil consumption control, the company says.

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