OOIDA’s tour trailer goes to Western Nebraska Truck Show
July 15, 2021
On Friday and Saturday, Marty Ellis plans to show off OOIDA’s tour trailer at the Western Nebraska Truck Show. Then he’s scheduled to head to Rochelle, Ill., putting him in striking distance of TopGun Largecar Shootout truck show in Rantoul, Ill.
The Western Nebraska Truck Show takes place at 9054 NE-88 in Bridgeport, Neb. Bridgeport is north of I-80, about 60 miles from the Wyoming state line. Scottsbluff, Neb., is about 30 miles from Bridgeport. The North Platte River flows just north of Bridgeport.
This is only the second edition of the Western Nebraska Truck Show. It began last year, when many truck shows were sidelined by coronavirus restrictions.
The Western Nebraska Truck Show is presented by Rhys and Melinda Obiedo, owners of Grime Scene Unit, a mobile vehicle detailing business that polishes tractor-trailers based in Scottsbluff. They are raising money for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit organization that sponsors research and awareness programs for autism.
Last year, there were about 40 trucks and 1,000 people in attendance, said Rhys Obiedo. He said they learned a lot about presenting a show last year.
Truck show prizes include belts similar to those for professional wrestling and mixed martial arts tournaments and created by a craftsman who does work for those organizations. Trophies also are being awarded.
Upcoming truck shows
In addition to the Western Nebraska Truck Show, Ellis and OOIDA’s tour trailer – the Spirit of the American Trucker – are scheduled to be at several other truck shows this summer, including the following.
- July 23-25 – TopGun LargeCar Shootout in Rantoul, Ill.
- Aug 7 – Ault Truck Show in Ault, Colo.
- Aug 13-14 – Waupun Truck-n-Show in Waupun, Wis.
- Aug 20-22 – Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Stop by when you see The Spirit
If you see OOIDA’s tour trailer, stop by and say hello. Ellis is looking 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 there. Face masks are available for anyone with a commercial driver’s license at The Spirit.
After Western Nebraska Truck Show in Bridgeport, Neb., The Spirit is scheduled to stop July 19-21 in Rochelle, Ill., before arriving at the TopGun LargeCar Shootout truck show in Rantoul, Ill., on July 23-25.
Here is the schedule for The Spirit. LL