National convention

OOIDA Tour Trailer Heads To ATHS National Convention

Rested after Wheel Jam in Huron, SD, Marty Ellis next plans to take the OOIDA tour trailer to the ATHS National Convention and Truck Show June 9-11 at the State Fairgrounds from Illinois to Springfield.

In addition to Ellis, Lewie Pugh, executive vice president of OOIDA, plans to make an appearance.

The organizers present the event as the largest historic and vintage truck show in the world. OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh attended last year’s ATHS convention and plans to be at this year’s event as well.

“It was a really good time to not only see all the old trucks, but to see all of our members that were there,” Pugh said.

He encouraged anyone who has never attended a national convention and an ATHS truck show to check it out.

David Schnautz, a senior OOIDA member from Texas, is the second vice president of the American Truck Historical Society, based in Kansas City, Missouri. He recently discussed the upcoming convention with Land Line Now’s Mark Reddig.

“It’s amazing to see the trucks we’ve had from the early teens, 19 cents and teens, down there, to even some of the current show trucks. So the majority of them, though, are in the, I don’t know, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and just all different brands and different types – tow trucks, rigs. It’s really unbelievable.”

The ATHS National Convention became a truck show in the mid-1970s, with members bringing their trucks to the annual convention. The show often attracts up to 1,000 trucks. Fuel prices may reduce attendance, but 700 or 800 trucks are still expected.

Laurence Gration, executive director of ATHS, called the event “impressive”.

“You can’t imagine what it’s like to have about a thousand trucks in one place, and so many people excited to talk about old trucks. It really is an exciting thing to be a part of.

There will be every truck manufacturer you can think of and some you’ve probably never heard of, Marty Glomb, senior vice president of ATHS, told Land Line Now.

“Well, it’s a whole range of different trucks, exhibitors and guest speakers that we’re going to have. We’ll have trucks there for a hundred years,” Glomb said.

There will also be vendors and a swap meet, which can be a source of hard-to-find parts.

Listen to the Land Line Now segment on the ATHS National Convention and Truck Show

Daily admission tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased online.

A calendar of events is available.

Last year’s conference

Check out some videos and photos from last year’s convention at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Stop when you see the Spirit

If you see the OOIDA tour trailer, stop by and say hello. Ellis looks forward to visiting you to learn about Association activities and current issues. There are copies of Land Line Magazine to pick up there. You can join or renew your membership for $10 off the regular price at The Spirit. Face masks are available at The Spirit for anyone with a commercial driver’s license.

Ellis regularly discusses what he sees on the road and hears from drivers on the Friday Land Line Now broadcasts.

After the ATHS National Convention and Truck Show, Ellis plans to take a break in London, Ohio before heading to the ATHS Ohio Vintage Truck Reunion in Ashland, Ohio.

Here is the program of The Spirit. LL