For a multitude of owner-operators, especially those in trucking across the middle of the country, the Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo., is something of homecoming. One longtime driver Randy Earnest was sad to hear was moving from occurring annually to once every two years after this year’s event.
Earnest has shown one of Kenny Halcomb’s Petes each of the last two years here.
Guilty by Association draws 100s of bobtail and combo truck-tractors, and their owner-operators, all with a story to tell. Earnest told one of loss this morning, lauding the Halcomb patriarch Gordon Halcomb, who farmed a bit and trucked for a living and was the kind of owner-operator Earnest grew up in complete admiration of, with a passion for the work of trucking and a work ethic you don’t see much of anymore.
Each of the Halcomb Petes pays tribute to Gordon somewhere on the truck, his son Kenny adding dedications like this one on the back of the rig Earnest drives: