The eTrucker.com Money for Miles program’s most recent $1,000 winner is Annette Robertson of Bastrop, La. For more information on the sweepstakes, visit www.eTrucker.com.
Pilot Travel Centers LLC has completed its acquisition of 60 Williams TravelCenters.
Pilot is re-branding the facilities, located in 15 states in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest, as Pilot Travel Centers. With the addition of the Williams properties, Pilot will operate 296 centers in 37 states.
Tolls to End
Kentucky will eliminate tolls on its Daniel Boone and Louie B. Nunn Cumberland parkways because of recently approved federal funding. The state said the move was the result of funding included in the final version of the 2003 Congressional appropriations bill approved Feb. 13. After the tolls are eliminated, only the Audubon and the William H. Natcher parkways will remain toll roads in the state.
Shell Lubricants will hold its 23nd annual Rotella SuperRigs Truck Beauty Contest on June 19-21 at the TravelCenters of America in Lodi, Ohio. Contestants from through-out North America will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, plus the opportunity to appear in the 2004 Rotella SuperRigs calendar. For information, visit www.rotella.com/events.shtml.
Truckers News is seeking truckers’ recipes that may be spotlighted in a special section of this magazine and in an upcoming cookbook. The recipes must be able to be prepared using appliances and cooking utensils you can carry inside the cab of the truck. To be considered, send your recipes to Truckers News, c/o Jeff Mercurio, 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to www.truckersnews.com and use our online form to submit your recipes.
Pennsylvania has begun implementing a part of recently passed safety rules by requiring vehicles to have headlights on when in a work zone. In February, breaking this law became an offense punishable by $25 when driving in a posted work zone, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. County maintenance departments are posting signs to remind drivers to turn on their headlights.
Fans and owners of Marmon trucks will come together in Anna, Texas, April 18-19, to celebrate the now-discontinued vehicles at the second annual Marmon Truck Gathering. The Marmon company built cars, pickups, military vehicles, vocational and over-the-road trucks. Marmon hand built big rigs from 1961 to 1997, when the plant in Garland, Texas, closed. The event will be held at the Ambest Truck Stop at Exit 48 on Highway 75 in Anna, about 45 miles north of
Dallas. For more information about the show, see www.marmontrucks.com, call 972-924-4204 or e-mail email@example.com.
Drivers across the United States and Canada will again have the opportunity to test drive the new Volvo VN as the “Drive the Future” tour hits the road this spring. Four new Volvo VNs will be part of the tour: two VN780s (with 500-hp Cummins ISX engines), and a VN670 and VN630 (both with the newly released 465-hp Volvo VE 465 engine). The tour will take place at 20 Petro Stopping Centers and other truck stops. For information on the tour, visit at www.volvotruck.us.com.