Opening day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas lived up to its name. There were:
- Great trucks
- Great new opportunities for healthy and fit truck drivers
- Great turnout for events in the new GATS Theater
- Great swag
- Great crowd
Easily the most distinctive truck at GATS 2015 is the recently restored 1974 Mack that ferried motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel from one hair-raising event to the next. “Big Red,” as the truck is known, is one of the first things you see coming in the main entrance, and it draws crowds.
The display by Mack also has several of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles Knievel rode for his death-defying jumps and several of his distinctive red, white and blue costumes.
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Some special GATS-goers were encouraged to write on one the showpiece of one of the exhibits.
Love’s Travel Center’s has on display David Gilland’s Ford Fusion NASCAR ride. Truckers who are also military veterans have the opportunity to sign their names and their dates and branches of service on the hood of the yellow and camo car.
Tastiest Swag at GATS
Folks at the RoadPro booth at GATS are sharing a low-car, high-protien snack with folks. They’re handing out samples of Original Bill’s Steak Strips beef snacks.
The jerky-like snack is made from eye of round beef steak, that is smoked and covered with four — secret, of course — seasonings. They have a slight brown-sugary taste but contain just 1 gram of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of protein and 80 calories.
The show opens Friday at 10 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. followed by a free concert by country star John Anderson, with opening act Tony Justice. Concert doors open at 5:15 p.m.