Todd Dills

Most dynamic interior award: Steve Hurley’s classic 1987 Peterbilt 359

Among a variety of enhancements, including a Unibilt sleeper conversion, it's owner-operator Hurley's interior that turns the most heads at shows: from its mirrored ceiling to the old license plates -- the floor of the Pete is covered with them.

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Limited-Mileage Combo: Crème de la crème

Freddy Velasco’s 2003 Peterbilt 379 was given an overhaul before the 2015 Great American Trucking Show, perhaps highlighted by Velasco’s unique paint scheme of purple and “crème brule.” The rig’s “California Dreamin'” moniker was suggested to Velasco by, what else, the model year. It won’t be picking up produce out in the Golden State anytime soon, he says.

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POLL: Is there a video camera in or on your truck?

Do you or your fleet utilize any single camera or a combination of cameras for event-capture or driver-monitoring purposes? Weigh in here.

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More on the Kelty Farms 1976 International TranStar COE

Current owner Kyle Kelty tells the rest of the story around his restoration of his grandfather Jack Kelty's 1976 International TranStar cabover, a big part of the Kelty family for decades now.

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Spot market update: If you’re following the demand, ‘Go west, young man’

"The whole West Coast is showing good freight and rising rates," notes DAT's Ken Harper, particularly in van/reefer segments. "L.A.-Long Beach was driven by the Hanjin debacle," the abrupt bankruptcy of the Hanjin ocean shipping company, but Northern California and the Northwest are showing improvement as well.

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POLL: Who’s most likely to get your vote in November for President?

Did the first presidential debate sway you one way or another? In this poll, Overdrive asks readers to weigh in on where their presidential votes are likely to go, whether toward the major parties' or third-party candidates.

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Jay Holsomback and his workhorse 1996 KW W900L

The truck is nothing short of a work of hardworking art, powered by a 550-hp Cat with an 18-speed transmission, 3:55 rears and a 305-inch wheelbase. Take a video tour through its modifications here.

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Negotiating rates without needing ‘extra blood-pressure medicine’

Conceive of negotiations over loads/rates as an opportunity to start or extend a potential long-term business relationship -- don't leave money on the table, but always keep in mind this rule of thumb: "If both sides aren't happy in the end, it's not negotiating."

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Truckin’ Runners Virtual 5K Oct. 24-30 to benefit St. Christopher fund

The event, providing a "virtual" twist on the traditional 5K (3.1-mile) road race, is in its third year from the increasingly active Truckin' Runners Facebook group for mutual support/encouragement in member efforts to keep active on the road.

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Special Olympics convoy: Joplin shatters truck-number record, raises $100,000-plus

Convoy footage, participants' choice Best of Show winners, 4 States' annual Larry H. Martin award presentation to a driver who is trucking "to the core," and more from this weekend's Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin.

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