Pride & Polish championship, Overdrive’s Most Beautiful, trucking business ed highlight August’s Great American Trucking Show

Mike Lemley's 2000 Peterbilt 379 won Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the Great American Trucking Show. He'll be competing alongside 20 other rigs for the Pride & Polish National Championship at GATS.

Mike Lemley’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 won Best of Show, Working Bobtail at the Great American Trucking Show. He’ll be competing alongside 20 other rigs for the Pride & Polish National Championship at GATS.

Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship will culminate in Dallas at The Great American Trucking Show in August, but that’s not all the yearly trade show offers.

The Aug. 27-29 event will also have seminars on managing the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, dealing with hours-of-service regulations, owner-operator taxes and other topics, along with a driver recruiting pavilion, a Fit for the Road health and wellness pavilion and hundreds of exhibits from truck makers and industry suppliers.

Trucker and singer-songwriter Tony Justice will emcee the Trucker Talent Search contest finale, where he'll also perform.

Trucker and singer-songwriter Tony Justice will emcee the Trucker Talent Search contest finale, where he’ll also perform.

GATS also features a crowning ceremony for the winner of Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest, Joanne Fatta, and the finale of Overdrive’s and Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search contest.

Highlighting the educational opportunities are Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminars for owner-operators. The sessions are free and last an hour. Friday’s seminars will feature representatives from ATBS, the country’s largest owner-operator financial services firm. Saturday’s will feature radio host and small fleet owner Kevin Rutherford, who will present some basic business practices on how to run a one-truck operation more profitably.

Click here to learn more about attending the PIB seminars.

In addition to the dozens of show trucks on hand for the GATS Overdrive’s Pride & Polish competition, there will also be a special display and judging for the Pride & Polish National Championship finalists. The finalists are Best of Show winners from the six Pride & Polish events held nationwide since last August. The four national champions will be announced Aug. 29.

Show info:

Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Dallas Convention Center)

When:

Thursday, August 27: Noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, August 28: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 29: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register: Free online at GATSonline.com

Lodging: Hotel information at GATSonline.com

Parking: Free truck parking will be available across from the Dallas Convention Center

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