Best Pilot Event in the Nation
GBATS was the country’s first driver-focused show, which featured a family-friendly and inevitably fun atmosphere, with an ambiance to match the fantastic weather.
The show began with a test of American Iron at the 11th annual Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS). Advertisers were suspended fifteen feet above the event, in a cherry red cab converted for the event. They nodded to begin the drag races with a prayer and an animated projection of the American flag carried by riders across the field.
But the mood suddenly changed when they began to shave the drivers who had come to show off their skills amid the Saharan dust storms created by their tires. The Crowd Didn’t Care: Kenworths and Peterbilts sprayed dirt on a cheering crowd as they competed in drag races: “We do drag races over 300 feet and the end is like a zone of war. “
Perhaps the crowd favorite for the entire GBATS event was the Burnout: Cameramen sprayed with molten rubber bold enough to sprint with the unpredictable platforms, as their pilots roared their tires and squeal. smoke was rising.
And this year’s tractor pull and stunt show grew in popularity – staff stood on top of boulder-sized cement blocks shouting that the event was sold out. The crowd who were able to secure a ticket were not disappointed: Motorcycle stuntmen exploded above a platform decorated in support of people with the autism spectrum. Their riders performed an aggressively beautiful sort of ballet through the air, with some of the more technical stunts in motocross sports. Later, the platforms and the tractors stretched out and smoked to show their power in the tractor pull.
The convoy was a merry cavalry rolling through the alleys of Joplin. The cavalcade of 800 truckers was audible from miles away: the world’s largest convoy announced itself with thunderous horns echoing in the low Missouri hills on which they swayed.
This year’s GBATS convoy was one of the best of what it means to be a trucker – the fraternity that is part of a fraternity, with hundreds of excited kids lining the streets and pumping their arms for horns who were already rhythmically calling back and forth. to one another.
As the trucks arrived, dozens of volunteers dressed in highlighter colored vests waved the drivers into position for the light show. They sprinted through the hundreds of trucks, using glow sticks as if guiding the bombers and Boeings into position.
Seasoned drivers stood on top of their trucks to film and see the show, while a pair of young drivers stood next to their 1972 White Freightliner – they were dressed in ’70s clothing that matched their truck, and they were shining that it was a family platform and that they couldn’t imagine a better cause than the Special Olympics fundraiser that the convoy was being hosted for.
The event raised over $ 149,000 for the cause, with each participating driver contributing $ 100 to help athletes with special needs.
As dusk fell around the hundreds and hundreds of trucks, a stunning rose-gold sunset frosted the platforms as drivers began to light up in all shades of amber, emerald, and electric blue. and illuminated the American flags that stood out from their taxis.
If you haven’t had a chance to experience this spectacle, mark your calendar for a spectacularly fun event returning in fall 2023.