Overdrive’s Roadmansion: A fancy driver’s oasis in 1967
Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Overdrive Roadmansion in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, is one of them. He contacted us recently to see if we had any information on the house, which provided lodging and amenities to drivers.
Nickel recalled staying there during, he believes, 1967. He had a dedicated route with Kansas-based Tip Top Dairy Products running between Kansas and Los Angeles. He was lacking a return load one day, had read about the Roadmansion in Overdrive, and made a call.
“They sent a van down, picked up me and my partner at the truck stop in LA,” Nickel says. They were given a room, told they could swim at the pool, and that the bar would open in an hour. “Then after we had a couple of drinks, and ate, there actually was a movie theater on the premises.”
After the movie, they returned to the pool for snacks and drinks. The next morning included breakfast and a ride back to the truck stop.
For the shuttles, lodging and everything else, Nickel recalls the cost as about $6 or $8 a person.
Any other old-timers with memories of the Roadmansion? Comment below or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be following up with other pictures and information on the Roadmansion from our archives.
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