By Rich Guida and Erika Howes
Howes is thrilled to be participating in a unique, new show this spring that was developed by Howes Hall of Fame member, Tony Justice. Called the Large Cars and Guitars Truck Show, the idea is something that Tony has been contemplating for a few years. The show will take place at the Smokies Stadium in Kodak, TN from May 5-7, and will feature hundreds of trucks along with other great surprises. Truckers are encouraged to dress up their trucks and compete for Best of Show which will be judged entirely by the children in attendance. By appealing to the youngsters, Justice explained, “Anybody can win it, whoever gets the most creative.” The trophy is set to be as special as the show. It will be an electric Fender Telecaster “custom-designed to match the winning truck,” Justice continued.
Adding to the fun will be a show within a show, featuring a large display of American Antique Tractors that will bring in farmers from local communities and beyond. The whole thing should be quite a sight!
There will also be an impressive array of musical talent at the show, with planned performances by Taylor Barker, Paul Marhoffer, Steven Molanders, and the Kentucky HeadHunters, to name a few. Of course, Justice himself will be delighting attendees with a performance as well.
Some of the proceeds from the event are slated to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated to the search for a cure for breast cancer. Justice’s involvement with the foundation predates this inaugural event, with the music video for his 2021 “War Paint” song included as part of a national campaign for the foundation. “War Paint” was inspired by Justice’s wife and business partner, Misty, and her own long battle with the disease.
Inducted in 2020 to the Howes Hall of Fame for all his accomplishments, those familiar with Tony Justice know he is an astounding country musician and full-time truck driver. Howes is proud to be partaking in this meaningful event to show continued support for Tony and his efforts, as well as for a great charity and the truckers and farmers who help keep this country going.
“I’m just thrilled to have Howes on board for Large Cars and Guitars,” added Tony Justice. “Since being honored with my induction to their Hall of Fame, we have developed a close relationship, and I truly appreciate their support of me and this show.” You can check out Tony and other inductees in the Howes Hall of Fame by visiting www.howesproducts.com/hof. The Hall is a digital platform built to recognize and honor outstanding people and places within the trucking and farming industries.
The Howes company has always been steadfast in giving back to the community and continues to take interest in what others are doing as well. “We are so happy to be a part of this incredible effort that Tony has put together. It captures the very best of the trucking and farming industries and allows us to support them both in one place,” said Rob Howes, Executive Vice President of Howes Products. “We’re also excited to see the involvement of the country music industry. We know how important it is to Tony and are thrilled at the opportunity to see first-hand the positive effects music has on the people we care so much about. We produce the highest quality fuel additives to help truckers and farmers maintain their vehicles and equipment, enabling them to perform their best on the job. Events like this allow us to show our great support for people, both inside and outside of the workplace. At the end of the day, family is what is most important, and this is a cause almost all families can relate to.”
A “Convoy for a Cure” will take place on May 7, the final day of the event. Participation in the convoy is $50, with all those proceeds benefiting the foundation. The festival will then wrap with a light show and large fireworks display.
For more information on the Large Cars and Guitars truck show, please visit: https://largecarsguitars.com/
Discover the Howes Hall of Fame and enter your nomination for future inductees at: https://howesproducts.com/hof