Guilty by Association Truck Show starts strong in Joplin

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Updated Sep 29, 2023
Bates Trucking's 1963 Kenworth W925
Bates Trucking's 1963 Kenworth W925 -- the last year before the W900A entered production -- definitely stands out in the crowd.

The biennial Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Missouri, officially kicks off Friday, Sept. 22, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 23. On Thursday, the unofficial start of the show saw hundreds of trucks rolling into 4 State Trucks, where upwards of 700 rigs are expected. 

The event culminates Saturday night with a convoy from 4 State Trucks into downtown Joplin, which will be followed by a concert featuring country music stars Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin.

As for the trucks at the show, there's something for everybody's style and taste, with trucks ranging from antiques to brand-new, long hoods to aerodynamics, and everything in between. Below, catch views of just a handful of the many on-site. 

Gerald and Donna Mullenix's 1996 Peterbilt 379Gerald and Donna Mullenix's 1996 Peterbilt 379

Jerry Knowles' 2000 Peterbilt 379Tyrone, Georgia-based Jerry Knowles is showing his 2000 Pete 379, which his father Joe bought new. When his father passed away, Jerry took ownership of the rig.

Chris Homfeld's 2000 Peterbilt 379The unique "Orchid" color of this 2000 Peterbilt 379, owned by Chris Homfeld, grabs attention.

Fritz Littlefield's 2006 Peterbilt 379Fritz Littlefield is showing his 2006 Peterbilt 379, which is dedicated to POW/MIA service members.

Jim Nalin's 2022 Freightliner CascadiaCRST company driver Jim Nalin, an Army veteran, was awarded the company's "American Patriot" truck in 2022. The truck features a wrap that is meant to draw awareness to the benefits of trucking for military veterans.

Condrad Shada's 2020 Peterbilt 389Conrad Shada is showing his impressive 2020 Peterbilt 389, which has already had much truck show success this year, winning several awards at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.