How One State Brought Its Truck Driving Championship Back to Life
The work to craft it into a well-oiled machine took time
In 1972, the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) stepped back from running the state Truck Driving Championships. A handful of drivers and their families decided to pick up the reins and formed the Ohio Professional Rodeo Association (OPRA).
Since 2009, when the competition returned to the hands of the association, the Ohio Truck Driving Championships not only has been a success with drivers, it has turned into a self-sustaining event.
As is common with any small operation, OPRA had its problems. Disagreement among management and conflicts over test scores caused some contention, according to Mike Hathaway, Ohio TDC chairman and original member of OPRA.
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