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‘Monkey gouger’ Jimmy Ardis beats the odds to 4 million safe miles

| January 26, 2012

Two years on, Ardis was Refrigerated’s top earning owner-operator, he says, and the rest is history.

“I’m scrutinized by the federal government every two years for the waiver,” he says, but “my driving record is spotless. I haven’t had a ticket since 1994-95, and I reckon the reason I’ve done so well in trucking is that I’ve been surrounded by a bunch of great drivers and people in the industry who cared about me through the years.

“Trucking’s been very good to me. I’m very proud of what I do, and I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished – I don’t know of anybody who’s driven this far safely with only one arm.”

Keep on trucking, Jimmy.

My colleague James Jaillet had the chance to meet with Ardis yesterday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he took the pictures in the gallery below of the owner-operator and his immaculate 2007 379, powered by a 475 Cat turned up to 500 hp, 10 speed overdrive transmission and 3:55 rears. Give them a look, and for more about Ardis, you can check out his “Monkey Gouger” (that’s his CB handle, yes, garnered at a young age) website here.

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis

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  • john creel

    JOB WELL DONE U R A GREAT HERO TO THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY . THERE SHOULD BE MORE OF THEM LIKE U OUT THERE . THANK U AND TRUCK SAFE OUT THERE. SPARKPLUG

  • Marc Mayfield

    Like John Creel said, Jimmy Ardis is a trucking hero. I’m in awe of drivers like Ardis. Salute!

  • Bandit

    If this story and the accomplishments this man has attained doesn’t inspire every truck driver out there, I don’t know what ever will. Mr. Ardis, You are truly an iconic inspiration to everyone. Not only to truck drivers, but to everyone who at one time or another is having a tough time of it. You Sir, have shown us all that you’re only DONE if you yourself choose to QUIT. I have a great trucker social site here on the web that I would be proud and honored to have you join. I know you would be a true inspiration to all of our members. If you are interested, just come to http://www.dispatchmehomeext.ning.com I Salute You Jimmy Ardis, ” True Truckin Hero”

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