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