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4 State Trucks sets annual show to benefit Special Olympics

Trucks form a convoy on a Joplin, Mo., street during the 2013 Guilty By Association Truck Show sponsored by 4 State Trucks. The convoy is the main event of the show. (Courtesy: 4 STATE TRUCKS)

The Trucker News Services

8/25/2014

JOPLIN, Mo. — 4 State Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, will team up again this year with big rig drivers from all over the country to raise money for Special Olympics of Southwest Missouri at the annual “Guilty By Association Truck Show” here Sept. 26-27.

The show is projected to be the biggest ever and will likely break last year’s total of $50,000-plus raised for Special Olympics with a 234 truck convoy.

 “It’s an awesome thing to have our customers pull together with us and help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the area Special Olympic athletes. Truckers care about community and doing their part to support the common good, and they sure do put those feelings into action at our show,” Bryan Martin, owner of 4 State Trucks, said.

This year’s free admission truck show, known as GBATS, includes many different events, excitement and activities.

A few events on the schedule include hundreds of big rigs on display, jet truck flame show, a high-energy truck and tractor pull, WW2 airplane flyover, a full scale downtown street party and fireworks.

Attendees can check out the full schedule at www.chromeshopmafia.com.

Martin said the true main event is the nation’s largest convoy benefitting the area’s Special Olympics organization.

“Truck drivers have huge hearts to support a worthy cause, but the drivers that have attended past GBATS have surprised many with how generous they are in donating and participating in the Special Olympics semi truck convoy,” Martin said.

4 State Trucks, started in 1979, is a family owned and operated heavy-duty truck parts and accessory dealer with over 30 years’ experience in providing customers with parts and service.

Chrome Shop Mafia was introduced in 2003 as a truckers' club for our customers and is famous for cutting edge customization and fabrication.

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