Todd Dills

Owner-operator takes delivery of first Lonestar Harley special edition

Twenty-year trucking veteran and current owner-operator Chris Hawker, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, took delivery in late October of the first Harley special edition of the International Lonestar Class 8 tractor (pictured). In a ceremony in Milwaukee, Wis., Hawker was presented the keys to the first production unit and launched on the "maiden voyage" in Navistar's new "Drive for Jobs" program; for each mile that Chris Hawker drives in his new LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition, Navistar ...

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From outside in: Top 10 things learned in a rig on the highway

Joan Duggan Connell (pictured) penned this lead letter in the Speakout department of this month's edition of Overdrive. While we had to run it in short form due to space limitations of the section, for my money its original form is worth some additional attention, likewise the unique character of its author. Connell's more an office type than a trucker, with 20-plus years under her belt as a paralegal and with various nonprofits. But last ...

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Latest stowaways in UK

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. The story -- headlined "Trucker's a-maize-ing find" -- is played for its shock value, hinging on the stunning photograph of one of the illegal immigrants, covered head to toe in starch and bound in handcuffs, but for my money its ...

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Trucking; the key to Afghanistan stabilization

At least economically, anyway -- such is the viewpoint of Washington Post defense correspondent, ForeignPolicy.com blogger and Fiasco author Tom Ricks, expressed in a relatively recent missive on the subject here, titled "Keep on Trucking, Afghanistan.""The key to economic reconstruction in Afghanistan," Ricks writes, "would be restoring its traditional role of carrying goods from South Asia (full of nice cheap consumer goods) to Central Asia (now featuring oil and gas revenues). To do this, the ...

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I-80 tolls in PA: Third time’s a charm?

News surfaced last week that Pennsylvania had once again applied for federal approval to add tolls to I-80 within the state's borders under a pilot program for tolling existing interstates (as a means of road funding when all other options for road rehabilitation were exhausted). The Pennsylvania Fifth District congressional seat, formerly occupied by John Peterson (pictured, flanked by OOIDA members at a 2007 rally in Harrisburg, Pa., on the state capitol steps after the ...

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Klos Custom Trucks photo book

It makes a great coffetable book at "280 photos splashed across 112 glossy pages," says photographer Robbie "Dingo" Rose, whom we've written about in this hall previously (you'll remember this post about Dingo's YouTube resume shot to further his down-under trucking career). These days he drives for McColl's Transport in the Australian state of Victoria, and the Klos Custom Trucks shop is based there as well in Geelong. Klos might best be dubbed the "Chrome ...

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Convoy for a Cure postmortem — a resounding success

With $13,000 raised and more than 30 trucks and many good times, the Convoy for a Cure event, dedicated to breast cancer awareness and fund-raising, at Willie's Place last weekend can no doubt be called a success, says Overdrive's October Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon. Salmon (pictured here with fellow country singer Kathy White) performed songs from his "These Trucks Are Made of Gold" record and enjoyed time with his wife, Mary, who flew ...

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Talking with TruckBytes software creator W. Joel Baker

a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SuiTYFD6qFI/AAAAAAAAAc8/5b0d0c3C_HE/s1600-h/DSC_0035.JPG"img style="MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 320px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 214px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5397726195288287314" border="0" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SuiTYFD6qFI/AAAAAAAAAc8/5b0d0c3C_HE/s320/DSC_0035.JPG" //aIn the run of reporting a feature about owner-operator IFTA accounting rules and procedures for a href="http://overdrivedigital.com/"Overdrive's November issue/a, I happened upon a wonderful example of all that's good about the enterprising spirit of so many among the driver/owner-operator community. His name is W. Joel Baker (pictured), of Clarksville, Tenn., where his Baker amp; Sons Trucking ...

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Launch of YouTubeTrucking.com

Texas regional hauler Texomatic (www.twitter.com/texomatic, http://www.texomatic.com/>) is fed up, he says. "I am sick and tired really of minimal, zero, exposure on the national, regional or industry stage for all of us drivers...who make videos and put them out on YouTube." Minus a story he says appeared in Road King magazine, little industry attention has been paid to a growing cohort of driver-videographers producing video work of various and sundry natures as they haul across ...

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New iPhone app from trucking insurer

Since the introduction of the iPhone Trucker app earlier this year, more trucking-related endeavors have entered the area where mobile communications technology and business intersect. The latest iPhone app is Trucker1, what developer 1st Guard Corporation is calling "the first mobile application developed specifically for owner-operators," now available via the iTunes App Store. And, significantly, it's free. 1st Guard is a leading provider of physical damage and non-trucking-use liability insurance to owner-operators and small fleets, ...

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