North Carolina

Cooper Kenworth expands with new N.C. facility

Cooper Kenworth has recently opened an expanded 31,000 square-foot parts and service operation along I-40 in Asheville, N.C. The facility is located on nearly six acres at 1895 Old Haywood Rd., less than a mile from the Smokey Park Highway underpass at Exit 44. The parts and service operation features 14 service bays, with one bay dedicated to offering Kenworth PremierCare preventive maintenance services, and a 7000 square-foot parts department. The parts and service departments at Cooper Kenworth-Asheville ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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Visiting with Evel Knievel in N.C.

This morning I'm headed out to Brad Wike's "Brad's Classic Trucks" shop and home of his BPW Transport company, both of which have gotten the feature treatment on the Speed Channel's American Trucker show, hosted by Robb Mariani. Mariani helped engineer part of the reason I'm headed to Wike's shop: Wike's doing a partial restoration on the Evel Knievel haul rig (pictured), a custom-built 1974 F Model Mack cabover that Mariani sought out in the ...

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Human-powered Mack tractor pull

They've called it the "most powerful truck Mack has ever built." Powered by the Mack MP10 engine with a top rating of 605 hp and 2,060 lb.-ft. of torque, the Titan (pictured) was "engineered for handling the toughest jobs in the most extreme conditions – oil fields, logging, heavy equipment hauling," says company spokesman John Walsh. "It doesn’t flinch in rugged terrain or brutal weather.” And now, care of the "World's Strongest Man" competition, held in Charlotte, ...

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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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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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States diesel tax rates set to change July 1

Connecticut will increase its diesel tax, while Nebraska truckers will pay a slightly smaller tax and Georgia has delayed its increase.

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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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Missouri, North Carolina issue trucking waivers

States have temporarily lifted some trucking regulations to cope with damage left by recent storms and tornadoes.

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