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Behold the Red Giant — Bryan Dax’s custom 1990 Diamond Reo

Just what is that motorcycle doing in front of Two Rivers, Wis.-based owner-operator Bryan Dax's custom 1990 Diamond Reo "Red Giant?" When I visited with Dax this past week (you may recall his rig from my coverage of the Nashville Chrome & Class show last year) at the tail end of my tour through Minnesota and Wisconsin doing some reporting, his son-in-law, Brian Wingrove, showed up on the newly rebuilt bike, a 2009 Harley-Davidson Rocker C custom-airbrushed ...

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Owner-operator bags Victory Vegas Jackpot bike

  The bike Long Haul Trucking-leased owner-operator Steve Wright is sitting on is a 2012 Victory Vegas Jackpot cycle that was the grand prize in a contest begun by the Albertville, Minn.-based carrier at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last year. This year, after Wright joined two other finalists -- owner-operator Jeff Christenson and team Evan and Shannon Jones -- for the grand prize in the safety contest, he came out on top for ...

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A salute to women truckers at MATS

Women in Trucking honored 67 women who had driven one million accident free miles, 36 who had reached two million safe driving miles, fifteen with three million mile records and seven women who had attained four million safe driving miles during their careers at MATS in 2012.

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Owner-operators deliver in MATS EOBR listening sessions

If you haven't read the report my colleague James Jaillet filed from the Mid-America Trucking Show on the Friday listening sessions the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted on the subject of electronic on-board recorders for hours of service compliance, find it here. Time and again, operators urged regulators to address the real problems in the industry -- some of the same problems you'll remember the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's Todd Spencer noting as underpinning ...

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Meet owner-operator of the year Larry Severson

Leased to Dart Transit since the late 1970s, Truckload Carriers Association/Overdrive Independent Contractor of the Year Larry Severson's longevity with the company beats that of even some of the Oren-family management. Dan Oren, grandson of the company's founder and one of three brothers who continue to be active participants among the company's family ownership, remembers riding along with Severson (pictured) in his 1978 Ford LNT9000 conventional, powered by a Detroit 6V92, the second truck Severson ...

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Stories from MATS: Perkins on a heavy haul

  Perkins Specialized Transportation has launched the biggest series of hauls in its history. The Northfield, Minn.-based company specializes in super loads -- the biggest, longest, heaviest cargo allowed on the nation’s highways. Over 40 years the firm has grown from a dozen workers and trucks to 65 employees and 22 heavy-haul rigs. It hauls everything from steam turbines and bridge beams to dryers for ethanol plants and gun mounts for destroyers. In 2011 Perkins faced one of its biggest challenges when it ...

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Classic Trucker’s Jumbo sandwich overhauled

Today's post by Overdrive Managing Editor Lucinda Coulter The Trucker’s Jumbo hoagie at Ray’s Steel City Saloon in Tallahassee, Fla., used to be full of bologna -- fried bologna Pittsburgh-style, that is -- with everything else piled inside. A tradition of the Steel City’s mill districts, the Trucker’s Jumbo was first prepared for truckers and steel workers on break with coleslaw and french fries stacked inside so that that laborers and haulers could eat the meal in ...

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Meet Leon ‘Butch’ Mueller and his 1971 Pete 358

Yesterday at Roehl Transport, after a day of talking with TCA/Truckers News Company Driver of the Year John Moeller (pictured here behind me in one of his Roehl Freightliner Coronado's drives' hubs), Roehl President and COO Rick Roehl and I were talking about owner-operator Bryan Dax as I prepared to head off to Two Rivers, Wis., this morning to visit with him. Dax is owner of the 1990 Diamond Reo “Red Giant” truck I saw ...

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One driver’s Wisconsin idyll — photos from the road

On the road yesterday in Wisconsin I happened into this moment of contented beauty -- in the backyard of 56-year-old Roehl Transport flatbed division driver John Moeller. Moeller was named the TCA/Truckers News Company Driver of the Year just weeks back at the TCA annual meeting in Florida, and his prize Cummins-powered Dodge Ram 2500 is looking well at home in his driveway, I might add. Rolling into Marshfield, Wis., enjoying the unseasonably warm March Monday, ...

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What are owner-operators’ top five problems?

Readers, I'm beginning research on a story I'm preparing for Overdrive's June issue on which I need as much owner-operator input as is possible. It's one that will probe the five biggest problems owner-operators face in the industry today, offering practical and forward-looking ideas/examples toward solutions to those problems. My main problem, at this point, is how exactly to determine what the top five problems are? There are many pressures on owner-operator businesses today, from the ...

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