| August 01, 2005

Last year, GATS entertained and educated 42,739 attendees.

Bigger Than Ever
In its seventh year, the Great American Trucking Show offers even more exhibits, entertainment, giveaways, education and competition.

The truck show will be held in the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas on August 25-27, a return to the Thursday-through-Saturday format. During the event-filled show, the 2005 GATS will feature two free concerts by country artists, business seminars and the annual Pride and Polish truck beauty contest. Free on-site truck parking is available on the 30-acre parking lot outside of the center.

Last year, 42,739 people attended GATS, an increase of 7 percent over 2003. The show floor grew by 30 percent in 2004, with a total of 417 exhibitors. Show planners anticipate an even bigger crowd this year.

Country singer Terri Clark will headline Mobil Delvac’s free 80th Anniversary Celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. Clark first hit the country charts in 1995 and gained fame with songs like “Better Things to Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “Girls Lie Too.”

Volvo Trucks will bring Sammy Kershaw to the convention center for a free concert Aug. 27. Since his debut in the early ’90s, Kershaw has enjoyed a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules. Kershaw is known for songs like “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” and “National Working Woman’s Holiday.”

Tickets for the concerts will be distributed to registered attendees the morning of each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Overdrive magazine’s free Partners in Business seminar will be held Aug. 26 from 1-3 p.m. American Truck Business Services of Denver, Colo., the nation’s largest owner-operator financial services firm, will present the educational seminar. In addition to handling income taxes for independent contractors, ATBS also provides consulting on all areas of operation, using its extensive database of thousands of owner-operator records. The seminar is sponsored by Freightliner, Freightliner’s SelecTrucks, and DaimlerChrysler Services Truck Finance.

The American Trucking Associations’ Highway Watch certification program representatives will also be on hand at the show to provide anti-terrorism and safety training to transportation professionals every hour on the hour when the exhibit floor is open.

Highway Watch is a national safety and security program that utilizes the skills, experience, and “road smarts” of America’s transportation workers to help prevent terrorists from using large vehicles or hazardous cargoes as weapons and to protect America’s critical highway transportation infrastructure. The program is administered by ATA under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Competing trucks will shine inside the convention center in Overdrive’s annual Pride and Polish competition. Last year more than 60 trucks entered the contest.

The trucks will be judged in a variety of categories, and trucks placing first, second and third will win cash and/or prizes. Freightliner, Peterbilt, Alcoa, Interstate Scales, United Pacific, Panelite and Bridgestone Firestone will donate prizes.

Besides the Best of Show Bobtail, Best of Show Combination, Charities Choice and Participants Choice categories, Bridgestone Firestone will sponsor the most technologically advanced truck category. Peterbilt has a special Peterbilt-only award category.

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