Roadside Attractions

Former Arrow Trucking driver advocate Donna Creekmore needs your help

At the collapse of her employer, Arrow Trucking, just days prior to Christmas in 2009, she was there when stranded drivers the nation over needed her help getting home -- Arrow driver advocate "Momma" Donna Creekmore was up for much of four days straight in those heady times, though her own troubles were beginning as well. Creekmore, in addition to being rather high-profile among industry watchers for her efforts, was in the Tulsa news at ...

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It’s true — ‘Sexiest Trucker Alive’ did go to the Himalayas: ‘IRT: Dealiest Roads’ premieres

They were speaking truth over at Esquire mag when, as I wrote here in June, they noted that their annointed "Sexiest Trucker Alive," Ice Road Truckers star and Alaskan Dalton Highway hauler Lisa Kelly (pictured), was in the Himalayas filming a television show. It was announced today that the new History Channel series "IRT: Deadliest Roads," in which Kelly and other IRT notables -- Alex Deborgorski and Rick Yemm among them -- tackle "the world’s ...

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NASCAR truck series driver Caitlin Shaw honoring truckers going ‘green’

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Caitlin Shaw, pictured, at 21 years old has taken on quite a task that is also something of a promotion and meant specifically to honor the nation's haulers -- particularly, she says, those many individuals "who have made a difference in the environment, whether it be a large change, or something as simple as changing oil brands to gain better mileage." She wrote us personally, which might be considered something ...

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Brit newspaper catches hauler unawares, mouth (and hands) full

Yes, the photo is real, the driver moving quickly down the M25, which circles London, and yes, he appears to be eating cereal, using both hands. As Ted Thornill of the Metro free newspaper (available in 16 British cities) wrote, "He clearly doesn’t care much for the Highway Code. It firmly states that you should ‘avoid distractions when driving’ such as ‘eating and drinking.' Even a police officer full of the milk of human kindness would take ...

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Small-biz trucker finds his niche with versatility in Battle Creek, Mich.

Jim Wood of Maverick Express in Battle Creek, Mich., was interviewed by the Battle Creek Enquirer newspaper, the talk published in the exceedingly rare (in newspapers) Q&A format. Remarkable results for the trucker, whose boss at the carrier he worked for in his mid-30s told him, as he told the story to Enquirer reporter Andy Fitzpatrick, "'Jim, big companies don't need any mavericks'... I think I was 36 at the time. Here we are with two ...

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Congestion diary: And you thought we had it bad. . .

Next time you're sighing or beating your steering wheel over some mammoth traffic jam on your way into Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. or other American city, consider this: Two successive 60-plus-mile traffic jams, some lasting more than an entire week, have plagued the Beijing-Tibet Expressway into China's capital city in the past month, highlighting some congestion woes that, well, make our own seem piddly. The second of the big jams, Reuters reported, was led by big coal ...

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‘Never forget': 9/11 remembered by owner-operator Dick McCorkle

Perkins Specialized leased owner-operator Dick McCorkle (pictured) was there, or at least within a few miles of there, when jet airliners were flown into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11, 2001. Specifically, he'd just delivered to a trade show at 42nd St. and 7th Ave., near Times Square. "I was delivering New York City for three or four years there," he says. "At one point in time, ...

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Speeding ticket insurance?

A new service offers "Prepaid Traffic Tickets," investments as a sort of hedge against the likelihood of getting a speeding or other ticket in a specific amount of time in the future -- all while stressing that it does not in fact condone or encourage folks to speed. Basically, the company issues a voucher to an individual for a specified price ($13.33, for instance) reedeemable for a certain amount ($100) to go toward paying a speeding ticket ...

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APU rebates, Leslie train horns for East Tennessee’s Sams Trucking

Check out my story in the September Overdrive magazine on various financial incentives -- rebates, grants, various low-interest loan programs -- state governments are making available to owner-operators and carriers to encourage the purchase of idle-reduction technologies like APUs, cab heaters and the like, and you'll find in the lead this pic of the new Thermo King TriPac unit on Billy Sams' 2001 custom Peterbilt 379. I got the opportunity when I met Sams in ...

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Massachusetts soda delivery driver bags $50,000

His name is Scott Matthews, and in case you missed the original television airing Sept. 1, you can check him out competing with a game partner in Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and Georgia state senate deputy press secretary Natalie Strong on the online broadcast of NBC's Minute to Win It show. A company driver in the private fleet of a soda bottling company, Matthews took home $50,000 in the end, performing with Strong a series of ...

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