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​Over $115,000 Raised for Special Olympics at The 2017 Guilty By Association Truck Show

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November, 2017

Joplin, MO… 4 State Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, hosted their 9th annual Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) and Customer Xxpo on September 22-23, 2017 at their corporate headquarters just off I-44 at exit 4 in Joplin, Missouri. The two-day, family-friendly event attracted in excess of 10,000 attendees and featured over 500 working show trucks, Lumberjack Competitions by Timberworks, a kid’s zone, food vendors, contests, a world-class truck and tractor pull, fireworks, big rig burnouts, as well as discounted sale pricing on all parts and merchandise. The 2nd annual GBATS Swap Meet both Friday & Saturday made a splash at the show with many steals & deals all weekend! The show culminated with the world’s largest truck convoy making its way to downtown Joplin on Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm for a massive street party and celebration. This year’s event set new records for number of trucks in a Special Olympics Convoy in the US with a total of 420 trucks and the amount of money raised for Special Olympics of SW Missouri with this year’s total being over $115,000. The crew at 4 State Trucks couldn’t be more pleased with everyone who came out to spend the weekend with us and all who helped make this another record-breaking year … we can’t wait to see what the 10th annual GBATS has in store for 2018!

WOW! We are SO thankful and grateful to all the GBATS 2017 Truckers and attendees who made it to Joplin for the show!” says Bryan Martin, owner of 4 State Trucks. “It ‘did our heart good’ to see so many folks choose to spend the weekend with us here at 4 State Trucks! Brice and I also want to give praise to our great staff as they worked their tails off not only during the weekend, but for several weeks leading up to Sept 22-Great Job Team! We are humbled by everyone’s willingness to come together as a trucking community to support the athletes and their families in the Southwest Missouri area thru Special Olympics! We know truckers have ‘big hearts,” and we truly saw that during the show! Our customers and friends are absolutely the BEST! Thank you to everyone for your participation and support, and make sure to mark your calendars Sept 28-29, 2018 for GBATS 2018!” says Martin. 

About 4 State Trucks, Inc.: 4 State Trucks, started in 1979, is a family owned and operated heavy-duty truck parts and accessory dealer in Joplin, Missouri. They have over 30 years experience in providing customers with the parts and service they need at prices they can afford. Chrome Shop Mafia was introduced in 2003 as a truckers’ club for our customers. CSM is famous for their cutting edge customization & fabrication when it comes to big rig trucks. They set the trend for excitement in the trucking industry.

For more information about 2018 GBATS, visit www.chromeshopmafia.com. Information about the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is at www.somo.org/co.

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