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16th-annual Southern Classic Truck Show Sept. 8-9

Dates are set for the 16th annual edition of small fleet and Brad's Classic Trucks owner Brad Wike's Southern Classic Truck Show on his sizable property in Lincolnton, N.C.

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‘Take this e-log and shove it’: A talk with Trucker Talent Search finalist Terrance Mathis

Red Eye Radio's Eric Harley talks here with Rockford, Illinois, resident and Kloeckner Metals driver Terrance Mathis. Mathis is the man responsible for the great Johnny Paycheck parody you'll hear a little of here, which earned his spot in the Trucker Talent Search.

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Engage.Bid tool can be effective for small carriers working large-shipper RFPs

Devliering the ability to "price with conviction" is the goal of the tool, released by TMW last year -- it enables carriers to pull shipper RFPs' lane-by-lane requests for rate bids into a proprietary module and apply analysis tools. Then output bids quickly back to RFP lane files, speeding up the process.

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‘The Drive’ owner-operator-focused three-day conference; NPR radio and truckers

"The Drive" conference, the brainchild of Patriot Star small fleet owners and Trucking With Authority podcast hosts Kenny and Elizabeth Long, happens October 17-19 in North Kansas City.

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Singer-songwriter Jayne Denham debuts new ‘Stacks’ single, GATS performances upcoming

Attendees of GATS in Dallas this week, where Australian trucking singer-songwriter Denham will release the video for the "Stacks" single, can catch her at the Red Eye Radio booth at 9:30 a.m. Friday and later that night at the afterparty concert at Eddie Deen's.

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POLL: What was your level of mechanical experience when you started as an owner-op?

Owner-operators, when you launched your business, what level of mechanical knowledge and/or experience did you have -- whether the required basic knowledge or more in-depth professional experience or education?

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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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A hot August: New development for the spot market in van, reefer

Find load-to-truck demand indicator averages for van and reefer below -- for last week, when volumes declined for vans nationally but remained well higher than what is typical for August most years. "Temperatures in our part of the woods have come down from their unseasonably torrid highs," noted DAT's Ken Harper, "but it's still very warm. The same can be said about spot market freight." In July, the national van load-to-truck ratio was 5.5 on DAT ...

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Answering ELD questions: Texas-enforcement panel at GATS

What questions would you put to Sergeant Dana Moore and Lieutenant Monty Kea in Dallas next week? And: An update on anti-ELD mandate grassroots efforts from the ELD or Me group and others.

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