Todd Dills

Overdrive trucks to NYC today

Overdrive editor Max Heine and I are doing a little air-trucking this afternoon to NYC for the Jesse H. Neal awards banquet put on by American Business Media. My two-part feature on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one of three finalists in the Best Series category for 2011. The banquet, scheduled for Friday, will see winners in several categories announced. The CSA stories, which you may recall and ...

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‘Outcast Kustoms’ TV show to debut March 26

If you give a look at the March 26 schedule on Discovery's Velocity Channel website you'll find a listing that may well ring a bell or two for the custom-truck enthusiasts among you. Listed at 9 p.m. on that date is Episode 1 of a show called "Outcast Kustoms," which will feature Kelvin and April Locklear of the custom build shop of the same name. The Locklears are the longtime customizers behind the K&L Chrome ...

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Former operator’s novel immortalizes trail-blazing independents

Fred Afflerbach didn’t set out to launch a trucking career when he took a job working for a Bekins Van Lines-affiliated moving company in Austin, Texas, in high school in the 1970s. He caught the fever all the same. “The owner-operators would come rolling in and the drivers are telling stories and your eyes are popping out of your head,” he says of the days his affliction began. “You work for them loading, and their ...

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Evel Knievel’s driver and the 1973 Overdrive interview

Unearthing the history behind Evel Knievel's 1970s touring operation with former driver Mike Draper. Bonus: Videos of the old Mack haul rig, currently undergoing restoration.

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Southeastern Regional truck show one month hence

Mid-America had to start somewhere. --owner-operator Ted Bowers, president of the American Truck Historical Society's Smoky Moutains chapter The show about which Bowers had those thoughts for me is a joint venture with his ATHS chapter and several others in the Southeast, and it's coming up quick: April 13-14 in Knoxville. Bowers made his comparison with the giant Louisville trucking show after noting that he expected more than 200 trucks to enter the Knoxville event. Some of ...

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CSA-Proofing, part two: Closed greasing system

I wanted to highlight a maintenance tip today you may have missed from owner-operator Gordon Alkire, leased to Landstar, down in the comments section on my "CSA-proof your rig" cover story for this month's Overdrive (if you haven't read that story yet, find it here in text or in digital mag format here). Essentially, Alkire's engineered a solution to the problem of needing to get under the truck to grease front and rear suspension components with ...

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‘Roll On, Truck Driving Girl': Introducing trucker-songwriter Lisa Godino

Harmony, N.J.-based Lisa Godino (pictured) is a self-proclaimed "folk artist just trying to make a little noise anywhere I can,” she says. It's not always easy, as the kind of noise she's talking about isn't of the Class 8 diesel variety but music, and with "50 hours a week’s worth of trucking, it’s difficult to find the time, but I keep trying to write as much as I possibly can,” she says. It's clear to me ...

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NEW VIDS: Explorations of ATDynamics’ TrailerTail

At bottom, find a vid from ATDynamics featuring its new trailer-tail design for vans with rear roll doors, but along the way I thought I'd share some video from my meeting late last year with Brett Tobin (pictured), independent owner-operator of Tobin Trucking, based in the Pacific Northwest. Tobin was featured in my fellow Overdrive Senior Editor Max Kvidera's feature on truck-trailer aerodynamics last October for his investment in ATDynamics' skirts and tail technology for ...

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Hours debacle covered at news site Politico

**(Overdrive editor Max Heine is posting updates from the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting via the OD Twitter feed and Facebook page today. Expected to be included among the news are company driver and owner-operator of the year awards. Stay tuned.)** Click through the thumbnail of the graph here for Politico writer Adam Snider's brief dissection of the debate over the new hours rule, his reporting tracking primarily in the divisions over what exactly is wrong ...

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Contest for small-biz office furniture upgrade

Small fleet owners, does your office furniture need an upgrade? Furniture maker DreamSeat just launched a contest geared specifically toward small businesses like yours. They're looking for the best entry to award a full furniture upgrade to one of their deluxe lines of office furniture, which can be customized with your company logo or other image. The company is now collecting contest submissions, in which you're asked to tell the company how exactly you'd use the furniture ...

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