Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2011

APRIL 15-16: OLD TRUCK SHOW of ATHS Wheat State Chapter, Newell’s Truck Stop, Newton, Kan., (316) 283-0130

MAY 6-7: MIDWEST PRIDE IN YOUR RIDE TRUCK/TRACTOR SHOW, Tri-State Raceway, Earlville, Iowa, (560) 580-8200

JUNE 9-11: GREAT WEST TRUCK SHOW, Las Vegas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287,

JULY 14-15: WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE, Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa,

AUG. 25-27: GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, Dallas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287,

Easy on the Pedals

Decreasing your acceleration rate will consume less fuel and be easier on your engine, driveline and tires. Getting up to speed slowly on hills or in the mountains is especially important. Conversely, hard and frequent braking converts fuel to wasted energy. Anticipate stops and other traffic developments as early as possible to prevent having to react at the last second.

This tip comes from the Partners in Business program, produced by Overdrive and ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm. It’s sponsored by Schneider National and Freightliner Trucks.

Back maintenance 

Unless you’ve got a moonlighting masseuse for a driving partner, Body Essentials’ Portable Shiatsu Back Massager could be just the ticket to ease out the back strain of a long day over the road. It can transform any chair, including the passenger seat of your Class 8, into a powerful massage-therapy seat. The massager utilizes four rollers that stretch and relax muscles. It’s programmed with eight massage sessions to allow for full or targeted massages. It retails for $200 at

Truck Gallery

Evil Mistress

This dark horse 1978 Peterbilt 359 belonging to Wesley Guest of Comer, Ga., who hauls tombstones nationwide, was found as a “stripped-down mess.” Guest gave it a nearly complete makeover, including a rebuilt 350-hp Cummins. Guest had a bit of flattener added before painting on the semi-gloss enamel. “I didn’t want it to be flashy or stand out too much,” he says. “I didn’t want the DOT messing with me.”

Wild ride

Aggregate hauler Roger Welch, of Mauk, Ga., “takes sand and gravel on a wild ride,” he says, and tries “to look good doing it.” A 445-hp Caterpillar and 8-speed tranny power the 2001 Kenworth W900L. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.