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Strutting their stuff, and more: behind the shine of the multimillion-dollar truck show industry

Jul 22, 2018 at 06:42 AM CST

There’s a side of the trucking industry most don’t see. Look behind the hardened exterior and you’ll find a community of people dedicated to both their profession and their community.

During the summer months, on any weekend you’ll find a truck show going on somewhere in the U.S. Drivers who work 60-hour weeks will often buy their own cleaning products, spend six to eight hours cleaning their rigs on their own time just so they can participate in community events and truck shows, like the one FreightWaves recently visited, the Gear Jammer Truck Show in Hudson, Massachusetts (pictured above). Some, like the crew from MJD Trucking, drove four hours each way to get there, while others traveled more than 1,000 miles from Iowa and Minnesota.