Todd Dills

Worth more than 78 words

Custom Rigs Editor Bruce W. Smith took this fanciful pic of three hot haulers at the Shell SuperRigs event June 2-4 at the Kenly 95 Petro in Kenly, N.C., this year. The flattop's hauling gallon jugs of Shell Rotella products, the Big Lonestar a company display trailer. The mid-size Lonestar lookalike, well, you can check it out in action, below. Off to the model-truck go-kart races! Happy weekend of the Fourth, everyone. Catch you back ...

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Mustang’s Trucking at the tattoo parlor

Last time we checked in with Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford it was on the occasion of the death of his longtime trucking companion in his dog, Fred. This time round, Crawford stopped on his way through Nashville for a brief talk and photo shoot. Crawford, who recently got his DOT authority -- note the "Mustang's Truckin'" emblem on his 1994 Freightliner's door -- and went out on his own hauling dedicated ...

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Broker Trinity Transport seeking best driver nominations

On its website and Facebook page, broker Trinity Transport is seeking nominations for a competition for best truck driver held in conjunction with National Truck Driver Appreciation week, "dedicated to those who spend their days away from home to make it possible for others to live comfortably," as their site notes. A good description of the driver's job, and a fair one. First, Second and Third spots in the contest receive $1,000, $100 and $25, respectively. You ...

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A trucking Western thriller ends run on Chicago stage

It wasn't exactly going for contemporary industry realism, but it's called "Mother Bear," named for the handle of a leader in a band of not-exactly-savory Utah haulers a young lawyer and "salt man" for an upstart truckers' union seeks out to enroll in his new organization, knowing minions will follow him. Rough-and-tumble Western in tone -- with truck drivers instead of cowboys/outlaws, channeling, perhaps, a film most will know too well in Convoy -- the ...

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Get your Ice Road Truckers DVDs while the roads remain

Yes, it was only a matter of time, I'd say, before a newspaper in the Great White North did a long feature on the potential impact melting sea ice in the Arctic and changing climate patterns due south of it could have on an important part of the Canadian economy -- and our own television viewing. The Globe and Mail, Canada's newspaper of record, in late May published a wide-ranging feature on global warming's impact on ...

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One trucker’s video of April flooding on I-29 in North Dakota

File this one under "Old news" if you like (or under "Don't try this at home" or "Not the greatest decision"), but to get the week started here I thought I'd share a vid from the April flooding of I-29 near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, as shared by the folks at the N.D. Grand Forks Herald newspaper's website. Purportedly shot by a truck driver, en route along I-29 north of Manvel, N.D., headed northbound, the ...

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New speed governor: Public art on the roadways

No, it's not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists -- nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star's website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt's Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part. It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and  I-35 in Roeland Park, ...

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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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‘Medically certified’ — join us for radio show Wednesday to probe driver health regs

At 7 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow evening (Wed., June 22) I'll join Truth About Trucking Live hosts Allen & Donna Smith as well as my colleague Max Kvidera for a special show probing the issues raised by the current, June Truckers News cover story Kvidera and I penned about state and federal regs for driver medical certification. Joining us will be a special guest, a big-hearted driver I wrote about in my portion of the ...

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What are the top ten trucking songs of all-time?

Planning for Overdrive's 50th anniversary this year, we want to hear from you with recommendations for a top-ten list of the best trucking songs of all time. Lest I unduly influence the process, I will refrain here from mentioning my own top-ten, but let's say potential contenders could range from classics by Red Sovine to "Eastbound and Down" to the more recent, such as Pure Grain's "Trucking Song" or many a tune penned by owner-operator-crooners ...

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