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When ‘Bandit’ debuted, the Force was with it – and still is

The legendary romp was released 40 years ago, and the May 1977 Overdrive highlighted the magazine's involvement, notably the inclusion of a truck race banner bearing its name.

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A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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History made on ‘Hollywood hill’: The day five famous trucks from 1970s trucking movies, TV shows all got together

Robb Mariani's firsthand account/short doc film of the event, bringing together trucks from movies "Duel," "Convoy", and "Smokey & the Bandit" with Paul and Craig Sagehorn's "Movin' On" and "B.J. & the Bear" TV rigs -- among hundreds of vintage trucks last September at Brad Wike's Southern Classic Truck Show.

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And our flag was still there…

Wendy offers a history in brief of the the U.S. national anthem, and a note of the bedrock love of country that guides so many of us.

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Way-back machine: Never-before-seen footage at Overdrive’s late-’70s New Jersey diesel drag races

U.K.-based Andy Harris' late 1970s short film on U.S. trucking, via Overdrive's Englishtown, N.J., truck drag racing event, provides a clear window back in time, including a glimpse of Overdrive's founder. Watch the film here -- recognize anyone?

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A brief timeline of 83,000 years

"Let's take a chance on disrupting the space-time continuum, and just cruise through what's happened in the past 83,000 years, while we were sitting in traffic last year."

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A little piece of trucking history

Wendy unearths a 1935 Ohio chauffers' license pin while assisting an estate sale in Dayton.

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Here’s the story of a couple named Parker

Wendy hopes for a Happy New Year from within the 20th year of marriage to George Parker. So far, "it's been a blast, even with a truck." Meanwhile, George's annual video wrap-up is here.

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“God and God Alone”: Driver-songwriter Paul Marhoefer’s latest

The song has its roots in an accident that destroyed Marhoefer's Western Star in 2001 and nearly killed him, bringing on some tough times for the family. Hear it -- and more from his lately-released EP -- here.

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Run an e-log as a team? Keep a regular weekly schedule? …

Here's the criteria FMCSA used to allow McKee Foods' private fleet's drivers to use 5/5-, 4/6- or 3/7-hour sleeper splits to satisfy the required 10 hours of sleeper berth time.

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