Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | April 03, 2011


Year starts with rising rates. Rates for the reefer segment remained steady from January to February, while dry van and flatbed rates increased 9 and 10 cents in February, respectively. Dryvan -- red; flatbed -- yellow; reefer -- blue
March 7, 2011 lane averages.







Prison 359

Jeffrey Groat says his 1981 Peterbilt 359 extended hood is a “simple classic working Pete.” The truck is equipped with a 450-hp Caterpillar and a 15-speed transmission. Groat, a resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, says because he averages more than 30 off-road miles per day, “it’s a never-ending nightmare to keep it looking sharp.” He named the truck the “Prison 359” simply because he “can’t get away from the darn thing. I never do anything else but sit in the truck.” Groat says he’s wanted an extended-hood 359 since he was a kid and plans to tear it down and restore it.


This ’99 Freightliner FLD120 hauls logs and logging equipment in North Carolina. Owner David Miller of Millers Creek, N.C., accessorized the truck with a 16-in. visor, louvered grille, lights, horns and 6-in. straight pipes. The truck is powered by a 500-hp Detroit Diesel and an 18-speed transmission. Miller says he personalized the truck to “have something different [from] what everybody else has.”


Aggie’s Pride

Jeff Hardage of Garland, Texas, owns this 1986 Peterbilt 359, a truck he rebuilt in 2001. The 359 is powered by a 638-hp Caterpillar and a 13-speed transmission. Hardage hauls general commodities nationwide and named the truck in honor of his alma mater, Texas A&M. The truck won Best of Show Working Combo at the 2007 Pride & Polish at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Crowning best of the best

Top truck beauty show winners from across the country will meet this August to compete for the ultimate prize: the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish National Championship. Best of Show winners from the prior four Pride & Polish events will be invited, expenses paid, to the first-ever National Championship competition at the Great American Trucking Show. It will take place Aug. 25-27 at the Dallas Convention Center, where the fifth Pride & Polish event will conclude the series. Visit or for the full details. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.