North Carolina

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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Honeybees get revenge on bear

North Carolina Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Jenkins had to sit in his cruiser for upwards of 15 hours yesterday after a truck driver under a load of honeybees had been disabled west of Raleigh. "The truck driver," CNN reported, was on his way to Rocky Mount, N.C., and "had been hauling the bees at night, when they are quiet and not apt to fly." Jenkins responded to a report of someone "possibly being attacked by ...

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Another drop in the ‘No Truck Parking’ bucket

Fayetteville, N.C., Observer reporter Myron Pitts put out a clarion call in a recently published editorial for the North Carolina DOT to do the prudent thing to increase safety outside the Motiva Enterprises fuel terminal in the area and add at the least a turning lane for trucks backing up waiting for entry on Shaw Mill Road. The article, "Truckers say no-parking zone means trouble," revealed via fuel haulers' testimonies a pattern that could have long ago been fixed. Tanker haulers, ...

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