FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WELCOME DRIVERS! GBATS is a family-friendly event and a great opportunity for us to show the public just how hard working, innovative, proud, creative and highly professional big rig drivers are (no pickups or dualies please). Please interact with the attendees and let them know a little about you, your truck and what you do for a living. This is a family friendly, no alcohol event. We’re proud to say we’ve never had an issue at GBATS and appreciate your cooperation again this year. Also no outside food or drink will be allowed inside the tractor pull or at the street party. .
WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO GET MY SEMI TRUCK WASHED BEFORE THE SHOW?
We welcome first time show participant ACE POWERWASHING to GBATS! This year we will have ON-SITE big rig washing the week of the show making it convenient to get your truck off the road, cleaned up & parked all in one place. Please call Rodney at 417.825.3049 ahead of time to book your time slot Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as space is limited! Price is only $50 per truck & only $50 per trailer — What a Deal!!
WHAT IS THE LATEST I CAN ARRIVE ON FRIDAY AND STILL ENTER MY TRUCK IN THE TRUCK SHOW?
The registration booth will close at noon on Friday. However, we strongly encourage you to arrive Thursday evening before 6:00. This allows for a smoother registration and parking procedure. Most importantly though, early arrival enables you to enjoy the competitor’s hospitality dinner which will be held in the shop at 6:30 on Thursday evening.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GBATS TRUCK SHOW? DO I HAVE TO BE A CUSTOMER OF CSM/4 STATE TRUCKS?
Everyone is welcome! This is no charge for this hospitality, trucker appreciation event.
CAN I ADVERTISE MY TRUCK FOR SALE DURING GBATS?
There are absolutely NO FOR SALE signs or other signs advertising your truck is available for purchase allowed at the truck show please. Anyone who displays a “for sale” sign or a sign similar at any time throughout the show will be penalized.
HOW DO I REGISTER AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONVOY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS?
You may pre-register for the convoy online by visiting www.chromeshopmafia.com, clicking on the GBATS icon, and following directions. To register once you arrive, visit the Special Olympics tent located near the GBATS registration tent. They will collect your $100 donation, get you registered, and give you a special decal to place in your windshield so that parking personnel will know you are a Convoy Participant. There is a mandatory driver’s meeting for all Convoy Participants at 3:30 on Saturday evening near the Special Olympics tent. The convoy will be bobtails only, no trailers. We will use CB channel 33 to communicate during the pull-out and parking times. The convoy leaves at 6:00 PM on Saturday and returns around 10:30 PM, after a fun-filled evening of festivities in Downtown Joplin.
CAN I GIVE A RIDE TO A SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE ON THE CONVOY?
Absolutely! In fact, we need approximately 40 drivers to provide a “Ride in a Big Rig” for Special Olympics athletes. You must download a pre-authorization/background check form off our website, fill it out, and mail it in to the Joplin Special Olympics office BEFORE the event. Your form must be received by September 13th in order to be eligible. Please register in advance so that ALL of these athletes get the opportunity to ride in a truck during the convoy.
CAN I ENTER MY TRUCK IN THE CONVOY EVEN IF I’M NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE TRUCK SHOW?
You certainly can! The cost for the convoy participation is a $100 donation per truck. All proceeds will be used for Missouri area Special Olympics activities, needs and events. Truckers that are not participating in the Truck Show but plan to participate in the Special Olympics Convoy must be pre-registered with Robin at Special Olympics by 4:30 PM on Saturday. All convoy participants must also be present for a mandatory driver’s meeting at 4:30 on Saturday evening to be held in the Special Olympics tent. Joplin Police Department Officer Brian Henderson will advise us on the driving route and instructions for the convoy. Exit 4 will be extremely congested all weekend. Convoy Participants who arrive Saturday are asked to “stage up” and line up down the frontage road on the SE corner of exit 4. This the area in front of Rapid Roberts/Conoco, KOA Campground, TMC Truck Lines. Use channel 33 when you get to exit 4 for help in staging your truck. Convoy departure time is 6:00 PM sharp.
WHO CAN ENTER THEIR TRUCK/TRACTOR IN THE FRIDAY NIGHT TRACTOR PULL?
All vehicles who participate in the pull are required to pass a basic safety inspection. This is an invitational event, so classes are “loosely” formed. We will do our best to allow ANY Stock Road Semi Truck an opportunity to pull the sled with no pre-registering required. Simply show up and sign up for the event and you’re good to go. However, if you have a pickup truck, 4×4 pickup, diesel pickup, farm tractor, Hot Tractor, Pro Semi Truck or Super Modified Tractor, or Street Stock Semi you need to contact John Mears (email@example.com) or Kristi Chastain (Kristi@lucasoil.com) at Lucas Oil to pre-register. You may also call them at 502-817-7494.
2017 TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL classes:
- Hot Rod Semi’s
- Limited Pro Stock Tractors (4.1)
- Pro Stock 4×4 Pickup Trucks
- Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks
- Street Stock Semi’s
- Super Modified Tractors (Exhibition Pull)
WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE TRUCK/TRACTOR PULL?
As a Truck Show Participant, you’ll have FREE ACCESS to front row VIP seating-just bring your own lawn chair as there will be NO ADMITTANCE to the VIP seating area unless you bring a chair. So, bring your lawn chair, relax and enjoy the show. There is also grandstand seating, $5 to all CDL holders, only $15 for adults and $10 for kids , with ages 5 and under being free. No outside food , drinks or coolers will be allowed.
CAN I RENT A GOLF CART AT THE TRUCK SHOW? CAN I BRING MY OWN GOLF CART OR UTV?
Golf carts are available from Grizzly Bear Golf Cars of Joplin. 2-passenger golf carts are $60 per day or $165 for three days. 4-passenger golf carts at $80 per day or $225 for three days. Quantities are limited, so renters are encouraged to visit their show booth and make rental arrangements as soon as possible. They do accept credit cards. Brittany ,with Grizzly Golf Cars, can be reached at 417-624-6214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Show attendees may also bring their own carts. Due to increased insurance regulations, carts will be limited to true golf carts only throughout the show — no ATVs or UTVs, for example Honda, Polaris & Kubota. Pedestrian traffic is heavy and safety is our highest priority. Therefore, anyone who exhibits poor judgment or dangerous operation of their cart will promptly be asked to PARK IT. Thank you for your understanding & cooperation!
WHERE CAN I FIND HOTELS AT A GOOD RATE? DO THEY HAVE A SHUTTLE?
Visit www.chromeshopmafia.com, click on the GBATS Truck Show icon then click on the hotels link. Our hotel partners are LaQuinta and Days Inn. Both hotels will be offering a special CSM rate plus free shuttle services to/from GBATS. They feature a free hot breakfast and are located near restaurants, stores, bars, etc… free shuttle services between the hotel and GBATS are available from 10am – 10pm (call for details). When you call these hotels, be sure to mention Chrome Shop Mafia Truck Show in order to get the special rates and other perks. (Check out the GBATS Hotel tab for more info)
WHEN CAN I LEAVE THE SHOW?
In order to maximize the Downtown Convoy Event, we are asking everyone to wait until 10:30pm on Saturday evening to pull out.
WILL THERE BE SECURITY FOR MY TRUCK AT THE EVENT?
You bet. We will have security on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Our lot is well lit also. We have never had any security issues in the past and work hard to make sure so we don’t have any in the future.