GATS 2017: Iconic trucks, great tunes, good health & it’s free

When the Great American Trucking Show returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas Aug. 24-26 it brings with it a combination of music, good advice, ideas for healthy living, education, and, of course, some of the hottest trucks you’re likely to see.

You can register online in advance for free at www.truckshow.com. On-site registration will be $10.

Established GATS events such as Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, Truckers News’ Trucking’s Top Rookie contest, Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminars and the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search finals will return.

Kenworth COE that starred in TV show “B.J> and the Bear.”Kenworth COE that starred in TV show “B.J> and the Bear.”

Iconic Trucks

GATS attendees will get a first-hand look at the original tractor and trailer from the TV series “BJ and the Bear,” and the original tractor from the show “Movin’ On.” The DAS booth will host a “Smokey and the Bandit” replica truck and trailer.

Health & Wellness

The Health Pavilion will offer free screenings and other services including:

  • physicals and retinal scanning as part of diabetes screening by Dr. John’s Medical Solutions
  • mammograms by Baylor, Scott and White
  • eye screenings by UT-Southwestern
  • bone marrow compatibility tests by DKMS
  • DOT physicals by AccuScreen Drug and Alcohol Testing for a reduced price of $55.

The Progressive 5K run/walk will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Trinity Grove Park along the Trinity River. Proceeds will benefit the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a nonprofit that helps drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship.

Tony Justice (Photo by Tyler Oxendine)Tony Justice (Photo by Tyler Oxendine)

Music Fills the Show

GATS 2017 features a concert by trucker and recording artist Tony Justice and Australian singer-songwriter Jayne Denham.
Justice and Denham will perform Friday night, Aug. 25, at a location to be announced.

Where to Park Your Truck

Drivers can park their rigs for free at the TA-Petro Truck Parking Community. There will be free showers, free shuttles to and from the show, and some basic truck maintenance offered by TA-Petro. Live music will be provided nightly by Denham, truckers Bill Weaver and Paul Marhoefer and others. An auction will be held to benefit Trucker’s Final Mile.