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The GAthering of Bolters Fest (GABFest)

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The First GABFest -- Montana Andy's Stovebolt Gathering -- Montana, 2000
Read some of the stories from past events. Plus you'll find WAY more in the Events forum.


So, when are we gonna get together?

          Stovebolters have been gathering on their own in larger and larger numbers over the past few years (starting with Montana Andy's gathering in 2000). The "Texas Connection" (Bolters) have been meeting on their own for several years now. We rallyed the 'Bolters at the ATHS National Show in Baltimore in May, 2006. For the third year, a large gathering of 'Bolters made it to KCMongo's event in Kansas City in September, 2007 -- THE Stovebolt event of the year! The British Columbia (Canada) Bolters have been meeting monthly for a year now. (And more than just meeting ... come see!)

          Remember, we are not a "club" actually ... Stovebolt Gatherings just came naturally! Kinda like that "branding" thing!

How this works

           We target good shows to piggy back on. We found the best ones are shows that aren't so big or well-established that they would not be interested in our plan. The small to medium-sized shows seem to work well, as those shows appreciate our help in bringing in trucks that might not otherwise attend. Then, we identify a Stovebolt Coordinator for each particular show. All a coordinator needs to do is make contact with the show staff to secure a parking area for the Stovebolters, act as a show ombudsman for attending 'Bolters and hand out door prizes.

          This works because it happens at the grassroots! Members of the online community will need to determine, and coordinate, their own events.

Event Tools
  • Stovebolt PLACARD. Print it out and fill it in with pertinent information about your trucks for all who stroll by and drool. Helps us (initially) to remember each other's names, too!
  • FLYER. Handy items to recruit new 'Bolters! See a cool Stovebolt parked on the street but have no idea who it is or where to find the owner? No prob! Just stick one of these flyers under the windshield wiper. OR if you happen to meet the owner, hand him or her one. It'll be an easy reminder ... and a quick peek of what goes on here and just why he/she might want to join the Merry Band of Bolters.
  • The BOLT BIZ CARD. Keep a few of these in your wallet. Just print and cut! Personalize with your name and phone number on the card, if you like. Pass 'em around. Works well to hand to swap meet vendors with your wish list and contact info!


We need Events & Coordinators!

          We can't do all of this ourselves, you know! We need a little help!! If you have a show you think would make a good venue for a GABFest and you are willing to coordinate 'Bolter attendance, let us know! Being a GAthering of Bolters Coordinator isn't as hard as you think (check some of the details from Alvin "AChipmunk" Parris and the Southern Stovebolters GABFest -- he's got it nicely laid out). The beauty is that you don't have to set up an event (that's done by whoever sets up the show we're attending / supporting / freeloading off of...). All you have to do is

  • Call the show coordinator to introduce yourself
  • Explain what we are doing
  • Ask for a reserved parking area for the 'Bolters
  • You should be able to answer questions about the area and tell folks where the parking area is (in the Events Forum).
  • Lastly, on show day, you get to hold an informal meeting to hand out door prizes (that we send you!)
  • Take a group picture.

          That's it!!! So easy, even John can do it!!

         So remember, whenever two or more 'Bolters are gathered... GABFest !!!!

2011 Events & GABFests

          Check the Events Forum for details on each event.

          Be sure to check out our new Calendar -- Know of a good event? Add it to our calendar!

East Coast -- North America
Feb 4-5 Old Dominion Stovebolters "Winter Classic"
Fulks Run, VA

George "NAPCOMan" VanOrden

April 29-30

Stovebolt Homecoming!
Mechanicsville, MD
(Lots of details in this link)
John Milliman
June 11

4th Annual Southern Stovebolters Reunion
Boiling Springs, SC

Alvin "AChipmunk" Parris
June 17-19
ATCA National Truck Show
Macungie, PA
Sept 22-25
Tri-State Antique Truck Show
Winchester, VA
Mid-Continental -- North America
May 26-28 ATHS National Convention & Antique Truck Show
South Bend, Indiana -- Event forum discussion
July 23, 24 Second Annual Heartland Rally 2011
at the Tired Iron Swap-Meet & Show
Edgerton, WI
Archie "46 Texaco" Bentz
Sept 9, 10, 11
Mid-West All Truck Nationals -- 7th Annual Stovebolt Reunion
Kansas City, MO -- Discussion in the Events forum
Mike Ol Trucks Taylor
Texas Connection
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas Area
West Coast -- North America
Lower Mainland of British Columbia Meet & Greet Dave "1958GMCnut" Betker
Other global events?


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