Burning down Joplin: Big rig burnouts at GBATS

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Updated Sep 15, 2023

Among the festivities at the 2021 Guilty By Association Truck Show, hosted by 4 State Trucks and Chrome Shop Mafia at the end of September, were the crowd-pleasing big rig burnouts. Hundreds of truck owners and show attendees filled bleachers and lined the area around a parking lot designated for the burnouts.

In the video above, catch views of a few rat rods, a couple standard-looking day cabs (at least from the exterior perspective), and even a miniature Peterbilt 379 burning rubber and rolling coal at the biennial event held in Joplin, Missouri. 

As reported last week, 4 State Trucks owner Bryan Martin said there were 764 trucks that officially participated in the expansive truck show, though more were on hand that came in after registration closed. In addition to the big rig burnouts, GBATS boasted diesel drag races, a Special Olympics convoy with upward of 550 trucks, a concert, fireworks display and more.

Stay tuned to Overdrive in the coming weeks and months for profiles on some of the truck owners and drivers showing their rigs at the show.