Bryan Martin, one of the men behind 4 States Trucks and this weekend’s Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo. read off a long list of attributes of the man of the hour. He said Eddie Hartsell:
- is an incredible role model
- a member of Cat’s million mile club
- hauled more that 250 million gallons of gasoline in his career as a tanker driver
- was “an amazing backer upper”
- dressed up the frog hood ornament on his trucks
- and was easily startled if you tossed a broken fan belt in front of him as if it were a snake.
Hartsell, who lives in Joplin, is this year’s recipient of the Larry H. Martin Memorial Award, given by the folks at 4 States in memory of its founder, the late father of today’s operators Brice and Bryan Martin. Hartsell was originally hired by Martin Oil Company, which was operated by Brice and Bryan’s grandfather.
The award recognizes someone who:
- Spent their career promoting trucking in a positive way
- Was hard working
- Has a compassionate heart
- Lived a life of family values
The award was presented during the extensive evening portion of the first full day of GBATS. The ceremony was followed by FMX Motorcross thrill show, the Lucas Motor Sports Truck and Tractor Pull and a massive fireworks display.
Jessica Martin, director of marketing for 4 States, continues to be pleased with the response of guests at this year’s customer appreciation gathering.
“People are astonished by the number of trucks that are here,” she said. And, the quality. “People are bringing their best trucks.”
Saturday is GBATS biggest day. The schedule includes;
- 7:30 a.m. pancake breakfast for participants in the Special Olympics convoy
- 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. big rig burnouts
- 3:45 p.m. Special Olympics Convoy auction
- 6 p.m. Convoy departs for Downtown Joplin
- 7:30 p.m. Tony Justice in concert
- 8:30 p.m. Live Wire Concert