JULY 12-13: WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, www.iowa80truck-stop.com.
AUG. 11: BROCKWAY TRUCKS 100th ANNIVERSARY, Cortland, N.Y., www.brockwaytrucks.org.
AUG. 23-25: GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, including Custom Rigs Pride & Polish, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, www.gatsonline.com.
SEPT 28-29: ANTIQUE AND WORKING TRUCK SHOW, Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion, Cookeville, Tenn., twistette@hotmail, (931) 277-5177
SEPT. 30-OCT. 1: GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION TRUCK SHOW & Customer Expo, Joplin, Mo., www.chromeshopmafia.com, (888) 875-7787.
OCT. 5-6: CHARLOTTE DIESEL SUPER SHOW, zMax Dragway Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C., www.dieselsupershow.com.
OCT. 27-28: TRUCK DRIVER SOCIAL MEDIA CONVENTION, Harrah’s, Kansas City, Mo., truckingsocialmedia.com.
42% That’s the share of fleet representatives who say driver availability is their biggest concern. A distant second was freight pricing, at 14 percent, according to a survey by Randall-Reilly Market Intelligence.
Richard Carlson of Bolingbrook, Ill., pulls a flatbed with this 2005 Peterbilt 379, hauling anything from bedding materials to steel. It’s equipped with an 18-speed transmission and a C15 twin-turbo Caterpillar. Leased to Mercer Transportation, he bought the truck new in 2005 and added sleeper panels, shaved the roof and applied custom 3-D flames on the fenders. Because other drivers have told him it looks like a toy truck, he dubbed it Hot Wheel.
Bismarck, N.D., resident Jeff Christensen bought his 1973 Kenworth cabover in 2011. He uses the rig to haul fuel for Summit Oil Co. He’s added 7-inch straight pipes and a custom paint job. “I just wanted a cabover, and I like older models a lot better than the newer ones,” Christensen says. The tractor’s powered by a 400-hp Cummins and Eaton 13-speed.