Custom Rigs magazine

Truck Stop Missouri redux; American Trucker GATS episode tonight

Truck Stop Missouri a 'trucking ambassador' in reality? After my interview posted yesterday with Joe Bechtold, General Manager of the Midway Truck Stop and Travel Plaza that is the subject of the Truck Stop Missouri TV show on the Travel Channel, a longtime commenter on the Channel 19 blog took issue with Bechtold's characterization of the show as a positive for the image of the trucking industry generally -- and the American driver in particular. Bandit, ...

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Worth more than 78 words

Custom Rigs Editor Bruce W. Smith took this fanciful pic of three hot haulers at the Shell SuperRigs event June 2-4 at the Kenly 95 Petro in Kenly, N.C., this year. The flattop's hauling gallon jugs of Shell Rotella products, the Big Lonestar a company display trailer. The mid-size Lonestar lookalike, well, you can check it out in action, below. Off to the model-truck go-kart races! Happy weekend of the Fourth, everyone. Catch you back ...

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Hardage custom combo unit gets final fix

You might remember Jeff Hardage, owner of the J&C Investments small fleet, based in Garland, Texas, if you've been paying any attention whatsoever to the news coming out of the Pride & Polish competitions at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas the past several years. Most recently, I wrote about Hardage's son Eric's 1963 Mack B83 with a winch body, itself Jeff's own father's truck from the generation prior, in the December issue of ...

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Owner-operator Jerry Kissinger named to new Shell ‘Million-Mile’ club

His is a familiar face -- to me, anyway. At MATS this week, Jerry Kissinger was named to Shell Rotella's new Million Mile Haul of Fame, introduced to honor drivers who respect their rig and its engine, and take pride in a job well done. Kissinger, owner-operator of a 1991 Mack Superliner, was honored as the first U.S. inductee. He has more than one million miles on his truck, all logged using Shell Rotella T heavy-duty oil in ...

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New diesel thieves; ‘American Trucker’ visits the custom shops

High-tech diesel thieves You know fuel prices are bad when you start seeing reports such as the one published yesterday via the website of Central Florida's WFTV. "Some long-haul truckers found a new way to steal diesel, Marion County deputies said Wednesday," WFTV reported. Deputies apparently arrested three separate haulers who were passing off a gagdet to hijack fuel pumps at an I-75 Pilot electronically. Asked about the device used, Pilot manager Steven Freant told the station ...

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Highway Idols

For Overdrive readers, the road to Paradise has always been populated with their dependable, good-looking rigs.

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‘Workin’ Class’ — a new trucking tune from Leland Martin

It's named after owner-operator Colin Stuart's "big ol’ Peterbilt all decked out and tricked out with beautiful murals of horses on the sides of the trailer," country crooner Leland Martin told my colleagues over at Custom Rigs magazine -- "Workin' Class" is the latest in Martin's catalog, written after meeting owner-operator Stuart and posing for a photograph with Stuart's eponymous rig at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree this past July. The experience had such an effect on ...

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Pride and Polish

Pat and Jonathan Eilen dominate working classes at Dallas Pride & Polish.

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Spring Custom Rigs hits stands

The new issue is available at select Petros and Flying J truck stops, among several locations.

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