Convoy!! We usually talk about our race car and hauler, but we’re taking a break for a moment to share this special event with you. R+L Carriers is proud to participate in two of the World’s Largest Truck Convoys for Special Olympics! We sent our own R+L Carriers trucks and trucks representing the Lima Company Memorial to events in both Charlotte, North Carolina and in Madison, Wisconsin. On this one special day in September, local law enforcement officers escort a convoy of trucks through 38 US states and Canadian provinces to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. Here’s what we saw while we were there.
World’s Largest Truck Convoy – Madison, Wisconsin
This year there was record participation with more than 140 trucks! Driver Bob Dercks tells us the convoy and auction raised more than $80,000 for Special Olympics. Even the special Olympic flag, signed by all the drivers, raised more than $400.
Trucking companies always put the “pride of the fleet” in this convoy and we were no exception. We included our Lima Company Memorial and our best looking R+L Carriers trucks in both convoys. The Lima Company Memorial brings full size paintings of marines, that lost their lives in Iraq, around the country by way of a traveling memorial. Visit Lima Company Memorial or follow them on Facebook to learn more about that cause.
Driver Bob was happy to give his time to the World’s Largest Convoy, telling us:
“Seeing all the support from people standing along the road and then being with the athletes gave me chills. .”
While Bob was waiting in the long line of trucks he snapped this photo. That helicopter actually landed on the flatbed truck while he was watching! A former Miss Wisconsin also participated adding $2000 to the auction for riding in a truck with the highest bidder.
After the convoy there is a luncheon and special recognition for the Special Olympic athletes.
To learn more about the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Wisconsin visit their website at http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/torch_convoy.asp
World’s Largest Truck Convoy- Charlotte, North Carolina
While Bob was snapping those photos in Wisconsin, Drivers Scott Mullis and James Miller were busy getting ready for the World’s Largest Convoy in Charlotte, North Carolina! We entered our Lima Company trucks in this event as well, along with an awesome looking R+L Carriers rig. We were thrilled and honored to be among the 127 trucks in this successful 28 mile convoy.
In this event the athletes and the state patrol serve as the judges and they awarded us with a trophy for best looking truck! James and Scott were proud of the award, but even more proud to be able to participate in such a worthwhile cause.
James: “It was a fantastic event! These athletes are really special. I hope I can do it again next year.”
Scott: Seeing the kids that benefit from the money we helped raise is worth every minute I was there.”
Both drivers said they were amazed at how many people were slowing down to see and take photos of the Lima Company Memorial trailers. In fact, after the convoy we had a hard time getting out of the parking lot because so many people stopped to take photos of our trucks! Before we left we snapped this great photo of Scott and James with some of the Special Olympic Athletes.
Here’s a gallery of photos from both events. We can’t wait to go back next year!
For more photos and information about the World’s Largest Convoy in North Carolina, visit their website http://www.sonc.net/get-involved/truck-convoy/
Now that we’re back home we invite you to join us in supporting the Special Olympics. Help us make a difference in the lives of these special people.