Overdrive Staff

OOIDA, Western Star ‘Spirit of American Trucker’ tour hits the road

After building a truck from the ground up through fan votes, the Western Star “Design Our Star” show truck is now on the road, pulling the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer to truck shows, conferences and truck stops throughout the United States, Daimler announced this week.  The truck is being helmed by Boise, Idaho-based Jon Osburn.  With more than 16,000 votes during the year-long campaign, fans selected the truck model, application, engine, ...

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Truck Centers acquires Indiana Freightliner dealer

Truck Centers, Inc., which operates a network of Freightliner and Western Star dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, announced this week it has completed the acquisition of Freightliner of Evansville, Ind. “This acquisition expands our presence in the Midwest and, more importantly, our Elite Support service network allowing us to better serve our customers and maximize their uptime,” stated Katie Hopkins, vice president of Truck Centers. 

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Peterbilt announces new nat gas powertrain option of Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton’s UltraShift

Peterbilt announced this week a new powertrain option for several of its natural gas vehicles that combines the Cummins Westport ISX12 G and the Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission. It will be available for its Models 579, 567, 384 and 365 and works for both CNG- and LNG-powered trucks.

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Video log: A day at the tracks on the European truck racing circuit

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts attended a race in the European truck racing circuit last week in Misano, Italy. While there, he caught up with some of the participants in the race and captured some other sights and sounds at the event.

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Finalist Sonja Morris: ‘I love making others feel good about themselves’

Morris, an owner-operator, has been driving for 11 years and says trucking "completely changed my life for the better."

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TransForce buys Transport America for $310M

TransForce (No. 8 in the CCJ Top 250) announced June 2 it has entered into an agreement to acquire Transport America for $310 million from Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. Transport America is a dry van truckload carrier that has 12 terminals, 2,000 staff and independent contractors, 1,500 tractors and 4,400 trailers. "This acquisition will immediately provide TransForce with a critical mass in the highly-fragmented TL sector in the United States and we stand to benefit from ...

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CSA series, driver appreciation video, newsletter score Overdrive b-to-b journalism awards

Overdrive has been named a finalist in three American Society of Business Publication Editor awards categories, including a national award in the Video-News category for Overdrive Editor Max Heine's "Headed Home" video and two other regional awards.

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Get your 10-cent coffee at Iowa 80 June 4

Iowa 80 Kitchen, the 300-seat full service restaurant in the Iowa 80 Truckstop will be celebrating 50 years in business on June 4, 2014. The restaurant is offering customers an opportunity to order from a special menu insert with 1964 prices.

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Pilot Flying J offering double reward points on diesel

Pilot Flying J is offering double rewards points in its MyRewards program to drivers through the end of September for diesel purchases.

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Kenworth announces T680 Road Tour

Truck operators will have opportunities to check out the Kenworth T680 Advantage in a three-month road tour announced this week by Kenworth.

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