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Take a drive in a big rig during Bulldog Viking Roundup

September 13, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

At the Bulldog Viking Roundup on Saturday, you can find people willing to pay a dollar and wait in line for five minutes behind the wheel of a big rig.

"Where else can you drive a big rig for a dollar? Something with all that horsepower?" asked Glenn Fishack, special events coordinator for Volvo Powertrain North America.

Volvo Powertrain will host the 13th Bulldog Viking Roundup on Saturday on the factory's grounds. Volvo Powertrain was formerly known as Mack Trucks, which carried the English bulldog as its mascot.

The event began as a daylong open house in 1993 and is a truck-lover's dream.

Organizers have set up an open lot where attendees can drive a loop around the parking lot. Those willing to pay can drive a truck "for a buck," Fishack said.

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In past years, the wait for truck rides ranged from 45 minutes to an hour, Fishack said. The ride around the lot usually lasts five minutes.

And if that's not enough diesel for you, there will be a truck show open to all makes and classes (Fishack said last year's drew 400 entries), the public can tour the newly renovated manufacturing and engineering areas of the factory, and there will be vendors selling toys, models and Mack and Volvo paraphernalia.

New this year is a NASCAR exhibit that will feature race cars, Fishack said.

Money raised will go to three local charities: Potomac Case Management Services Inc. and Star Community Inc., northwest of Hagerstown, and San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro.

Last year's roundup raised roughly $3,000, Fishack said. Marshall Street School, San Mar Children's Home and the Lions Club received the money.

Roundup schedule

· 6:30 a.m. - Truck show registration begins. Open to all makes and classes

· 8 a.m. - Opening ceremonies

· 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Drive a truck for a buck

· 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - NASCAR exhibit, model cars and electronic race track for kids

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Plant tours

· 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Toy and model show

· 9:30 a.m. - Bulldog contest, open to all English bulldogs. Registration at 8:30.




If you go ...



WHAT: Bulldog Viking Roundup

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Rain or shine

WHERE: Volvo Powertrain North America, 13302 Pennsylvania Ave., north of Hagerstown

COST: Free admission and parking

MORE: For more information, contact Glenn Fishack by calling 301-573-1028.

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