International truck tour rolls on

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“Taking It to the Streets,” a truck tour hosted by International Truck and Engine Company, is showcasing 20 International trucks, including the International CXT, the world’s largest production pickup truck.

The tour has an urban focus, featuring trucks like the International 4000 Series, which often are seen in cities delivering fish, auto parts, beverages and other such items. There also are dump trucks, other work trucks and the International 8000 Series heavy truck favored for regional hauls. International also is introducing a new line of trucks called the International CF Series. They are called cab forward trucks because the engine is under the cab, allowing the trucks to have greater visibility and maneuverability.

All of the trucks are available for test drives at the show for visitors with a valid driver’s license. No special licenses are required to drive the trucks.

In addition to the many trucks on display, there are other entertaining events like ride-and-drive courses, remote-control courses, show-only financing and warranty specials, Irwin tools skills competitions and sweepstakes to win an International CF Series truck and a NASCAR race package to meet NASCAR champion driver Kurt Busch.

As an added bonus, International is demonstrating its Aware Vehicle Intelligence, a telematics system that enables the fleet manager to monitor truck routes, performance, maintenance, security and fuel. Engine, finance and service experts from International also will be available.

Shows already have been held in Chicago, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Uniondale, N.Y. The tour now rolls on to the following locations: Atlanta on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Georgia International Convention Center; San Francisco on Sept. 21-22 at SBC Ballpark; Los Angeles on Oct. 5-6 at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center; and Dallas on Oct. 19-20 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Every day of the show will run from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Admission and parking is free at all locations of the tour, as well as complementary lemonade and “Taking It to the Streets” tour T-shirts, while supplies last.

Although admission is free, all visitors must register to attend. Visit www.internationaltrucktour.com or call the International Event Help Line at 866-483-2001. The tour is supported by Irwin Industrial Tools, Roadranger, Allison, Michelin, CAT and Cummins.