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ATHS National Convention and Truck Show has another great show in Springfield, Illinois

More than 700 trucks were appreciated at the 2022 Truck Show and Convention.

American Truck Historical Society

VIRTUAL National Convention and Truck Show kicks off June 17-18

With over a dozen learning sessions and informational meetings, which drew hundreds of attendees, it was one of the most popular conventions of all time. »

— Laurence Gration, General Manager

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, USA, June 16, 2022 / — Last week the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) hosted its annual National Truck Convention and Show in Springfield, Illinois . More than 700 trucks and more than 6,500 spectators filled the Illinois State Fairgrounds daily from June 9-11.

Initially concerned about the high price of diesel and the consequences of Covid, ATHS chose correctly when it set its sights on Springfield Illinois for 2022, especially after the government shut down the convention in 2020.

“With more than a dozen learning sessions and informational meetings that drew hundreds of audience members, it was one of the most popular conventions of all time,” said Laurence Gration, director executive of the ATHS. Presentations such as “Livestock Trailers”, “Early History of the Oshkosh Truck” and “Introduction to the Wire Harness” drew large audiences. Offsite historic tours of President Abraham Lincoln’s home and Springfield were also offered.

One of the many highlights of the convention was the awards banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The following individuals and companies were honored at the banquet for their involvement and consecutive years of service to the trucking industry:
• 75 Year Corporate Award: Gully Transportation (Quincy, IL). Accepted by ATHS Member and Past President Michael Gully. Gully is President of Gully Transportation (headquarters in Quincy, IL, with terminals in St. Louis, MO, and Kansas City, MO).
• Golden Achievement Award: Dan Calverly (Ben Wheeler, TX) and Larry Dryfhout (Mokem, IL)

There is a virtual option for truck enthusiasts who cannot attend the live event or wish to enjoy it again. Customers can enjoy all on-site activities from the comfort of their own homes by attending the Virtual National Convention and Truck Show 2022, featuring recorded learning sessions, exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look. Register for the virtual convention and truck show at – select Virtual Registration. Registered Springfield attendees receive free entry to the virtual event. For questions regarding the virtual event, contact [email protected]

“ATHS thanks all of its volunteers and sponsors for contributing to the success of the National Convention and the Truck Show. There was a range of historic trucks of different sizes, models, restored and original to explore. We didn’t know what to expect with Covid still looming and fuel prices high, but overall we’re very happy with the number of trucks and spectators,” Gration said. “We are now planning to be in the ‘biggest little city in the world’ next year. Mark your calendars June 8-10, 2023 in Reno, Nevada.”

2022 Sponsors: Cummins, Iowa 80, CAT Scale, Truckomat, Vander Haag’s Inc., Truck Centers Inc., Hagerty, Sercombe Family and Reiselt’s Machine Works.

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Marina Spexarth
American Truck Historical Society
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National Convention and Truck Show 2022, Springfield, Illinois