The totals are in from last weekend’s convoy for Special Olympics at the Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) at 4 States Trucks in Joplin, Mo. They are:
- 377 trucks in the convoy
- $125,000 + raised for Special Olympics in southwest Missouri.
Both are records and both made Robin Anderson, director of development for Special Olympics Missouri, “extremely pleased” with four exclamation points.
That compares to the total of $70,000 raised last year.
Truckers bid $65,000 just to be in the top 15 spots in the convoy and be the last in line.
Scott Wade, president of Certified Express, Inc. and Huntington Woods Logistics, Inc. of Neosho, Mo., paid $17,250 for the honor of leading the convoy in his 2016 Peterbilt 389 Pride of Class.
Right behind Wade were three trucks from Farmers Petroleum. Larry Graves bid $5,000 each for those special spots.
Kevin Graf paid $1,000 for the honor of being the last truck in line for the record setting convoy. It was the first time in the convoy for the owner of Graf Transportation, which operates out of Summerfield, Kan.
Trucker convoys for Special Olympics are held the U.S. and Canada.