The in-person Guilty By Association Truck Show this year, like many things, had to be postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns. But that didn’t prevent the 2020 show from happening. It just went online.
The Sept. 25 four-hour live streaming event featured all kinds of things, like show truck walk arounds, shop tours and the legendary GBATS burnouts.
Bryan “Boss Man” Martin and OOIDA Executive Vice President talk to Branden Rhodes, the Pile-O-Parts winner. Lewie Pugh opens up the Pile-O-Parts envelope to reveal the winner during the live stream event. Branden Rhodes with his wife, Sierra, infant son Maddox, and 2-year-old son Knox. Burnouts are always amazing, but this ending was epic. Betty Jo Seaman, Joey Seaman and Joe Seaman talk to Bryan Martin ahead of the GBATS 2020 online burnouts. Truett and Crystals Novosad’s latest show truck “Doc Holliday.” Truett and Crystal Novosad talk about the inspiration behind their latest build, “Doc Holliday.” One of Fleenor Brothers’ eye-catching trucks, a 2020 W900 Kenworth. Bryan Martin talks to Everett “California Shuffle” Ford about one of the Fleenor Bros. trucks. Chad Smith’s 2019 Peterbilt and 2020 MAC Trailer. Chad Smith greets Bryan Martin ahead of the walk around of his show truck. This 2008 W900L Kenworth was shown off by Randy Menkel, Malona Williams and Jamie Williams. Bryan Martin chats with Randy Menkel, Malona Williams and Jamie Williams before the start their walk around. Bryan Martin traveled to California to take a look at some of the Maggini Trucking trucks with Mike Maggini, Melvin Maggini and Mitch Maggini. Missouri Special Olympics received a check for $11,800, which was proceeds from an online auction ahead of GBATS. Brice Martin talks about the excitement of bringing GBATS to everyone through a livestream event. “Miss Linda” Martin and Sarah Martin talk about missing seeing all the people and how they are ready for 2021.
OOIDA partnered with 4 State Trucks in a $30,000 “Pile-O-Parts” giveaway to one lucky trucker. OOIDA member Branden Rhodes from Sterling, Colo., entered the contest after not one but two trucks sidelined the trucker over the past couple of years. He didn’t know what to say when he heard his name announced as the winner.
“I was kinda speechless. I didn’t really know what to think. I couldn’t believe it,” Rhodes told Land Line Now. He’s looking forward to getting his 2000 W900 Kenworth back up and running and “like new.” LL