Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
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The story of Chi-Town Large Cars....
12 years ago, 2 best friends from the Chicago (Aka Chi-Town) area got together at a Chili's restaurant to discuss a way to change the image of trucking. Both Mario Jr (aka "Hollywood") and Kris (aka "Halfkut") were raised by truckers. Their passion for trucking was immeasurable. Trucking had been missing its shine for awhile and these two friends were eager to find a way to restore it.
"Halfkut" had heard of a man in New Jersey that had the same idea. This man, Richie Acosta, had built a Black 350in wheelbase Peterbilt called "Project 350." Richie had also started a truck club called "East Coast Large Cars."
"Halfkut" called Richie, out of respect, and asked if the two best friends could have his blessing to start "Chi-Town Large Cars." Richie explained to "Halfkut" that he didn't own the name "Chi-Town Large Cars" so "Halfkut" didn't have to ask permission. "Kut" explained to Richie, "Yes we do. It's a respect thing." Richie gave his blessing.
Chi-Town Large Cars started with a hand full of members. It started out with some friends who took pride in their rides and liked to hang out swapping stories at truck shows. Slowly, the club grew. More truckers, with the same passion for trucking, began to join. They didn't care that they weren't from Chicago. They enjoyed the fun, the family atmosphere, and the pride that "Chi-Town" members had.
Two years after "Chi-Town" was started, Mario "Hollywood" Terzo Jr, Co-founder and "Kut's" best friend, was called home to God at a very young age. "Halfkut" was devastated. It left him with a million questions, one of them being, "Do I continue with this thing of ours or shut it down?" Because he wasn't a quitter, he continued. The shared dream of two best friends, would now become Mario's legacy.
Today, that Legacy, has gone from a truck club with a handful of members, to a full blown Not-for-profit Organization with 150+ members in three countries. The United States, Canada and Australia. Members can usually be spotted by their Chi-Town Large Cars stickers, shirts, or even Jackets. The Jackets, (Credit to Negative Camber for the idea), came from Halfkut's younger years as a Mini-Truck enthusiast. Jackets have the member's state or country on the back.
Now, instead of attending truck shows and raising trophies. Chi-Town Large Cars attends and/or sponsors fundraisers and benefits to raise money and awareness. Each year, in August, we hold a truck show in Lynwood Illinois. Each year, we pick someone to do our Benefit/Truck Show/Fundraiser for. Two years ago, we did it for a local Police Officer with health issues. We raised $7,000 in a day. Last year, we raised $10,000 in a day for the Ashleycan foundation for children's cancer research. This year, we have picked an amazing family with a 1 year old son who had an 18% chance of living. We are proud that little man "Seth" and his parents will be at the show!
Not everyone understands why someone would want to belong to a truck club. And just like life, no good deed goes unpunished. Thanks to Facebook and negative opinions we take our share of heat. But we move forward, always. In the memory of an amazing man, and for the smiles of the people we can help.... Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
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