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OBAC Finds Enthusiastic Support at Fergus

While marred only slightly by intermittent rain and thundershowers, this years' Fergus Truck Show was another success for OBAC. We signed up a bunch of new members, and several new lifetime members as well. Spurred by almost universal dis-satisfaction with Ontario's new speed limiter law, hundreds came by the booth to relate their tales of run-ins with faster moving cars on the province's highways, and to sign up in the fight against the dangerous and unnecessary legislation.

OBAC was fortunate to have Ron Murmis and OOIDA's NASCAR simulator on site again this year. It proved to be a real hit with young and old. The retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer is sponsored by the Grain Valley, MO-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is currently set up as a simulator/trainer featuring active full-motion suspension, as well as a 24-in. video screen and "surround-sound" in the cockpit. Folks exiting the car after 10 laps around the track were clearly thrilled by the experience.

Members and friends of OBAC could ride the simulator for the price of a donation to Canada's three all-female Convoy for a Cure events, which are raising money to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Rachele Champagne and Joanne Millen of the Ontario Convoy for a Cure shared OBAC's booth space and signed up a number of drivers for this year's ride, which takes place October 3 in Cornwall, Ont.

We've posted a few photos of this year's time at the Fergus Truck Show. To see them, please click on the "Photo Gallery" button in the menu bar, and go to "Out and About with OBAC."

Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to chat and to sign up, and a tip of the hat to the many who told us they listen faithfully to Jim and Joanne on Canada Calling on the Dave Nemo show on Mondays and Fridays on SIRUIS XM satellite radio.

We'll be at Fergus next year, of course, and if you're planning to attend the Alberta Big Rig Weekend in Calgary on August 29-30, look of us at the Race City Motorsports park. Joanne and Jim are hoping to find the time to go west and greet our western friends and supporters. Hope to see you there.

About Convoy for a Cure

Following last year's inaugural event in eastern Ontario, convoys are planned for four locations in Canada and the U.S. in 2009. Convoy for a Cure supports the Breast Cancer Foundation's awareness programs and helps fund relevant and innovative research that is taking us closer to a future without breast cancer.

Alberta Convoy
October 3, Husky Car and Truck Stop, Acheson (Edmonton), AB

New Brunswick Convoy
October 17, Salisbury Big Stop, Salisbury (Moncton), NB

Ontario Convoy
October 3, Fifth Wheel Truck Stop, Cornwall, ON

Texas Convoy
October 24, Willie's Place, Carl's Corner, TX