Beauty and brawn
What does the owner-operator winner of the 2011 Rush Truck Centers Nashville Chrome & Class truck beauty competition have in common with the Southern Invitational tractor pull? It turns out the winner, 1986 Peterbilt 359 owner David Holbrook, is also the pull’s organizer. We gleaned that bit of trivia at the American Truck Historical Society Music City Chapter’s meeting and auction Jan. 14 near Nashville, Tenn. The event raised $3,000 to help fund 2012 show activities. ATHS chapters will stage the Southeast Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., April 13-14. For more about that event, and to meet owner-operators who attended the auction, check out the Jan. 17 entry on the blog.
Even the Guv sometimes needs divine intervention
What happens when a loaded straight dump loses its brakes on a downhill run, almost hits a car containing a governor, then collides head-on with a tanker truck loaded with jet fuel? According to Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, God smiled down and saved him and the truck drivers from certain incineration after this collision on the island in January, reported the Pacific Daily News. “The good Lord served me up a reminder to live each day as though it might be my last,” Calvo wrote in his column for the newspaper. Find links to the story and the column in the Jan. 23 blog post.
For more of the interesting and odd parts of trucking, visit Senior Editor Todd Dills’ Channel 19 blog at OverdriveOnline.com/channel19.
Dry van miles drop at year end, income strong
Dry van clients of financial services provider ATBS saw miles decline significantly during 2011’s fourth quarter. However, with rates remaining strong, income per mile and net income went up.
Read food nutrition content labels closely. Particularly be suspicious of salad dressings with high sodium content. For instance, a 71-gram serving of Jack-in-the-Box Creamy Southwest Dressing has a whopping 1,060 milligrams of sodium, almost half the recommended daily sodium intake.
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“The gates are only open during the day and so trucks have to line up and wait. It can take anything from a couple of hours to more than 16 hours.”
— Toshio Araki, of the Tokyo Trucking Association, describing in Bloomberg Businessweek a new bridge that connects Tokyo to an island that will house a container terminal.
No danger of catching courtesy
What’s been the biggest change in trucking over the last half-decade? That’s what National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steven Innskeep asked 50-year UPS driver Ron Sowder in January. “The old saying used to be ‘courtesy is contagious’ — not so much any more,” Sowder said on his 50th anniversary with the carrier. “You let people in, and that’s that. Only about one out of 50 can bring themselves to throw their hand up, ‘thanks.’” The Ohio resident started his UPS career in 1962 after serving in the Navy. Sowder’s 4 million-plus safe miles have made him the longest-serving active member of the UPS “Circle of Honor” drivers with 25-plus years.