Diesel fanciers plan to circle their trucks for July 17 ATO benefit

A large group of diesel truck enthusiasts have planned an exciting July 17 Assist the Officer fundraiser known as Truckin’ for a Cause in Kemah. It will feature a big, family friendly car and truck show with raffles and gun squares.

The venue is at a truck club favorite, Jackie’s Brickhouse at 1053 Marina Bay Drive in Kemah. The sponsor is the 1,600-member Dirty South Diesel Truck Club, which consists of diesel truck aficionados from across the nation.

The event slogan is “It’s our turn to be a hero for our heroes.” Event coordinator Mike Gregory told the Badge & Gun just the announcement and distribution of the flyer raised $3,000 in corporate and individual donations.

Gregory said registration fees and funds raised from the raffles and gun squares will increase that total. He said one of these items is a Gen-3 Glock 17 9mm.

And that is just one of the exciting items!  Many of the other items are “vehicle-related,” Gregory said, “including vehicle maintenance kits, vehicle cleaning/detailing kits and the like. There will also be sports memorabilia such as an autographed picture of George Springer.”

Gregory was particularly excited about the car and truck show. “It will include lifted to lower to stock classics,” he explained. “We will have off-road side-by-sides and 10 different categories for people to enter their vehicles in. Registration per vehicle is $30.

“Honestly, we’re going to sell out,” the coordinator said. “There’s going to be hardly any room for vehicles this event has taken off so much. We’ve reached out to major corporations and everyone in the community.

“Our ‘square block’ of participants ranges from Livingston to Galveston to Louisiana and to San Antonio.”

He said the participants are eager to use this method of showing their support for Houston police officers. The truck club is made up of diesel truck owners who regularly correspond on social media like Facebook to openly discuss topics like maintenance problems and specific ways of dealing with knotty problems related to diesel operations.