Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | January 05, 2011

Oreo design hits the spot

Kraft Foods/Oreo got a treat as sweet as the classic cookie-and-milk pairing when it received the top award in the annual Five Flashiest Fleets competition, which recognizes equipment graphics. The competition is sponsored by Overdrive sister publication Commercial Carrier Journal.

18 Wheels of Contraband

Drug trafficking into the United States is moving from remote routes more commonly used by legitimate carriers, reports National Public Radio’s John Burnett. A whopping 78 percent of all security breaches to the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism this year, Burnett reported, could be linked to Mexican trucking companies. Many drivers are unaware of what they’re hauling.

12 beauties, one county

This 2007 Kenworth W900L owned by Myerstown, Pa.-based Scott Diller graces the cover of the 2011 Shell calendar. Its tranquil setting is Mateer Bridge in Rockbridge County, Va., where the 12 trucks were photographed. Visit and search for “superrigs calendar” to check out all 12 photos. The calendar was available through December at participating Rotella locations; ask around this month to see if any are left.

At Home with Mugsy

Larry Leckrone’s Kenworth is leased to Montana’s Sammons Trucking.

While a majority of truckers don’t view carriers’ pet policies as lease dealbreakers, owner-operator Larry Leckrone, of Colville, Wash., is one who does. His 1962 C523 Model Kenworth is effectively the home of his pet, Mugsy.

The macaw was potty-trained before Leckrone took him out on the road almost 20 years ago. That habit was instilled by Leckrone’s wife, Tina, who today runs a bird raising and rescue operation. Mugsy was their first macaw, Larry says. “My wife trained him to a trash can,” but today Mugsy’s private john is a floormat.

For more images of Leckrone and Mugsy, see the Nov. 23 entry of the Channel 19 blog.

Would you choose a carrier based on its ride-along pet policy?

Yes — 32%

No — 68%


Diabetes and Deception

To order a copy of A Life of Control ($19.95 paperback), visit

The tale of a diabetic trucker is part of a new book A Life of Control: Stories of Living With Diabetes, published by Vanderbilt University Press. The now-retired driver, who had an impeccable safety record, for years falsified his medical certification to get around the blanket ban on licensing insulin-treated diabetics. For an extended excerpt, see the Nov. 8 entry on the Channel 19 blog.

The land of fruits and nuts

Where should you be most on guard for drunk drivers? California, according to data. Among the nation’s major cities, four of the top 10, based on percentage of drivers with alcohol-related driving convictions, are in the Golden State. To be fair to Californians, the high rankings probably are at least partially due to what any trucker knows — the state’s aggressive enforcement of all highway laws.

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