18-wheelers

Truck design contest opens to college students

University students are eligible to enter truck designs suitable for owner-operators for the annual contest Design the Future of Pride & Profit, Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner Trucks announced. The winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship and option for a paid internship at the truck maker. The competition will run from November through February 2012. Three finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, where their designs will be on display at the ...

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Titan serves power lifter contest

Winner Hapfor Julius Bjornsson pulled a Mack Titan faster than the nine other power lifters in the truck-pull event of the Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest, the Greensboro, N.C.-based truck maker announced. Wearing a harness, Bjornsson pulled the 22,000-pound tractor the required 25 meters in less time than of all other contestants at the event held at Wingate University in Charlotte, N.C. Started in 1977, The World’s Strongest Man contest is regarded as a premier event in ...

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About truckin’ time: Tony Justice record in stores Dec. 6

"It’s about truckin’ time," says Tony Justice, East Tennessee-based B&B Transport driver and the songwriter behind the upcoming "On the Road" album (I wrote about it last month here). It's due out in all Pilot Flying J stores Dec. 6. It's a trucking album by a trucker and for truckers, Justice notes, and stay tuned on a feature in the January edition of Truckers News I've penned about the accomplishment (it's a rockin'-country record you're sure ...

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Class 8 truck drivers eligible for sweepstakes, prizes

Starting Jan. 1, drivers of Class 8 trucks may enter the Weigh to Win sweepstakes through June 1 to vie for a Ford F250 grand prize, Walcott, Iowa-based CAT Scale announced in honor of its 35th anniversary. Drivers can enter the contest every time they weigh their trucks on the scales. In addition to the grand prize, other awards include CAT Scale jackets and hats, collector card sets, duffel bags, die-cast model trucks, mugs and lunch ...

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Dispatch Me Home radio network launches

Host Big Al Weekley will broadcast via online radio bluegrass and country music, trucking news and live interviews in an expanded format.

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Cabover extra in ‘Real Steel’ film to be auctioned Dec. 8

Joyce Smith, co-owner of Ron Smith Trucking of Breckenridge, Mich., shuttered the company about a year ago, a month after her husband passed away. The small fleet's equipment will be auctioned off on Dec. 8 at their place in nearby Wheeler. Among the 17 tractors on offer (among livestock, flatbed and other trailers as well as other equipment) is the pictured 1994 Freightliner cabover, which holds the distinction of not only being a fine-looking, long-running piece ...

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Mack Trucks on ‘Made in America’ TV Tues., Nov. 15

The Made in America series will feature Mack Trucks in an episode Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Mack continues to build every truck it sells in North America -- and every truck it exports -- in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Made in America host George Motz (pictured with a Mack Pinnacle tractor) and a Travel Channel video crew made their way to Bulldog country and, in the episode, will get up close and ...

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Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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How to get — and keep — the contract

Success in hauling with your own authority often requires negotiating contracts directly with shippers and keeping those contracts when bigger competitors come prowling. The father-son operation of John and Erick (pictured) Engbarth learned this by experience. Erick makes regular hauls from North Carolina to California loaded with plastics and usually carrying motorcycles back. When Engbarth Trucking first bid on a key contract with a N.C. manufacturer, the rate didn’t exactly seal the deal, but the prospect of regular, ...

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Friday Channel 19 news round-up: Cross-border trucking; ‘driver shortage'; and the 1 on the 53 and the 99

Separate but not equal That separation could be diminishing when it comes to U.S. and Mexican tucking, now that a new pilot program for cross-border long haul is under way.  In the wake of the Oct. 21 border ceremony at Laredo, when the first Mexican truck crossed as part of the new cross-border pilot program, notes J.E. Dyer at the Hot Air Green Room website, the job-creation rhetoric so prominent in Washington these days has been revealed for ...

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