OOIDA tour trailer stops in Morris, Ill., fresh from a vintage truck show

May 23, 2022

Chuck Robinson

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Marty Ellis has hauled the OOIDA tour trailer to Morris, Ill., and he’s looking forward to a good meal there.

However, he got to see some great vintage trucks over the weekend at the American Truck Historical Society Greater Cincinnati Chapter Truck Show in Honor of Jerry Howard. He sent some photos you will want to look at

The Spirit of the American Trucker is scheduled Monday and Tuesday, May 23-24, to be at the TA Travel Center in Morris. It is at the junction of I-80 and Route 47, Exit 112B from the interstate highway.

The Morris TA has parking for 292 tractor-trailers. There is an R-Place Restaurant full-service diner there. Here is the menu, and by the way there is a bakery there too.

Greater Cincinnati show

Mark Schroyer, president of the American Truck Historical Society, is played host to the Greater Cincinnati show at his business. The show used to be presented in Fairborn, Ohio, at Jerry Howard’s place. However, Jerry died last year. He was a big supporter of the American Truck Historical Society.

There were about 75 trucks at the show, Ellis said. OOIDA Board Member Mark Elrod of Peru, Ind., was there too. It was nice to see some OOIDA life members at the show, Ellis said.

“It really turned out to be a nice show, and best of all the storm waited until the show was almost over with,” Ellis said.

OOIDA life member Joseph Leopardi of Amanda, Ohio
Among those who attended the American Truck Historical Society Greater Cincinnati Chapter Truck Show in Honor of Jerry Howard show Saturday was OOIDA life member Joseph Leopardi of Amanda, Ohio, which is about 130 miles from the show in Lima, Ohio. (Photo by Marty Ellis)

 

OIDA life member Jim Sercombe of Jackson, Mich.
Also attending the Cincinnati show was OOIDA life member Jim Sercombe of Jackson, Mich., which is some 120 miles north of Lima, Ohio. (Photo by Marty Ellis)

 

 

 

The Greater Cincinnati show was a warm-up for the ATHS National Convention and Truck Show on June 9-11 in Springfield, Ill.

Ellis plans to have the OOIDA tour trailer there. Also, Lewie Pugh, executive vice president of OOIDA, plans to make an appearance and so does Ryan Witkowski, Land Line staff writer.

OOIDA life member Tom Sercombe
Another OOIDA life member was there, and he might very well be the newest life member because Tom Sercombe signed up at the show.(Photos by Marty Ellis)

 

OOIDA life member Tom Sercombe and his truck

 

Here are some shots Ellis snapped at the Greater Cincinnati show

 

Midwest Pride in Your Ride

On May 6-7, Ellis attended the Midwest Pride in Your Ride in Earlville, Iowa. It raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

Organizer Eldon Jaeger presented a check for $112,578, which was raised at the event. Jaeger started the show in 2011 after a daughter passed away following a 14-year battle with cancer.

Eldon Jaeger and Midwest Pride in Your Ride donation to the American Cancer Society
Courtesy the American Cancer Society

There were 252 trucks and 39 tractors at the Midwest Pride in Your Ride. Last year, the show raised $103,790 for the American Cancer Society, according to the website.

Stop by when you see The Spirit

If you see the OOIDA tour trailer, stop by and say hello. Ellis looks forward to visiting about the Association’s 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 Friday Land Line Now broadcasts.

Here is the schedule for The Spirit. LL

Chuck Robinson formerly was senior copy editor for a weekly trade publication serving the fresh produce industry. He has served trade publications, horticultural journals and community newspapers for 25 years.