Todd Dills

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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Channel 19 week in pictures: Northern lights, NASCAR

Lights, camera …Carlile Transportation driver Dave Johnston photographed his rig and the Aurora Borealis "just north of Coldfoot," he says, on Alaska’s Dalton Highway, where he runs three times weekly from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. With sunspot activity at a peak this winter, the northern lights have been particularly strong. Johnston shared this photo (and another: link here) in Overdrive sister magazine Truckers News’ photo group on Flickr.com, with which regular readers will be familiar. ...

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Driver conference calls, online radio shows Wed., Thurs.

All Drivers Together hosts Trucker BuddyFirst up, the folks with the All Drivers Together series of conference calls, which have been ongoing with increasing prominence in the months since I reported on them last year, this afternoon are hosting Trucker Buddy International's Randy Schwartzenburg. He'll detail the organization's plans for MATS as well as ongoing efforts to provide students direct interaction with drivers, says owner-operator Ingrid Brown, a principal organizer of the ADT calls. Trucker Buddy ...

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Got downtime in central Indy? ‘Steel Ponies’ on exhibit through Aug.

If you have or can schedule downtime in and around Indianapolis in the coming months, there's a neat exhibit for motorcycle enthusiasts and others interested in the history and culture of two-wheeled transportation at the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indians and Western Art at the White River State Park downtown -- (317) 636-9378. On March 10, Steel Ponies opens (running through August), featuring vintage historical motorcycles and famous Hollywood bikes as well as tricked-out custom jobs ...

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