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YouTubing truckers hit NPR Charlotte station

Julie Rose of Charlotte, N.C., NPR affiliate WFAE.org (a voice I remember from my times south of the city in Rock Hill, S.C.) picked up on the phenomenon of the YouTube community of truck drivers with a story, available at the WFAE.org site this past Monday, that features some familiar faces. Among them was included good ol' Bobbie Boofay and Keys Truckers James and Jan McCarter, featured in Overdrive's September issue, but in the lead of the ...

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Trucking to the Bowl Championship Series

Five trucking sponsors have partnered to make possible a college football bowl game to be held on December 18 in Boise, Idaho, with a 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN. With the Truckload Carriers Association, broker organization the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the Healthy Trucking Association of America and Women in Trucking, uDrove, a provider of smartphone-centric trucking software, gives its name to the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. The game will the first under a new four-year relationship, ...

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Friday: Deadline for trucker award nomination

The nomination deadline has been extended to Oct. 29 for the 2011 Overdrive TCA Owner-Operator of the Year.

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Trucking’s newest competitor: Rail? Forget it. . . .

A new competitor in the freight market is emerging. We've written about them from time to time, of course, from all the attention the railroads are getting on Capitol Hill and on the airwaves to those nifty cargo bikes eating into local delivery drivers' payloads. Enter the pedestrian. The Super Power Pusher (pictured), say makers NuStar, Inc., "has the muscle to roll loads up to 150,000 lbs. If it rolls….we can move it."  The battery-powered pusher, all ...

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When the Midnight Cowboy changed his name

Renowned trucking DJ Bill Mack hadn’t planned on being a liaison between spouses when he went on the air decades ago, but he learned that when you open the phone line for truckers and their families, you never know what to expect.

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N.Y. reps push to reopen cross-border trucking

Nine New York congressional representatives have asked President Obama to resolve the trade dispute with Mexico after it imposed new tariffs on apple exports to Mexico. Democrat Reps. Michael Arcuri, Scott Murphy, Maurice Hinchey, Bill Owens, Dan Maffei, Paul Tonko, John Hall and Louise Slaughter, along with Republican Rep. Chris Lee made the request after apples were added to a list of retaliatory tariffs, according to the New York Apple Association Mexico recently added tariffs of 20 percent ...

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Allen Smith, others at Memphis Trucking Expo Oct. 23

It's a banner month for first-time trucking shows in my home state of Tennessee. After Nashville last week, not to be outdone, of course, is Memphis, the site of the first annual Memphis Trucking Expo, presented by the folks at Worldwide Transport and Permit Service. If you missed Jan McCarter and Doug Jones (pictured) in Nashville last week, tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 23) is your chance to see them live. What's more, unlike the Nashville show, the ...

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Trailer aerodynamics package

The Next Generation trailer aerodynamics system avoids sideskirts and reduces drag by managing airflow underneath and above the trailer. The system is compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s greenhouse gas regulations and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Program. The system is made of polyethylene plastic designed to withstand road debris, chemicals, ice and other abrasions. SMARTTRUCK, www.smarttruckbrands.com, (864) 990-0781

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Novelist takes literary achievement to the truckstop

Beyond the spotlight of trucking industry news in July this year a novelist was hard at work promoting a book, her first, in which one of four main characters is a long-hauler turned local delivery driver struggling to maintain a connection to his son. What's more is where the writer was promoting the novel. Making three stops from July 23-39 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore., Barbara Richardson (pictured; not her truck) put down 1,750 ...

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Nashville Rush Chrome & Class show winners

Friday I reported from the site of the first annual Chrome & Class Truck Show at the Nashville location of Rush Truck Centers just east-southeast of downtown in Smyrna. If you missed it, read about the first day at Nashville Rush, a story largely about the Eady family of truck owners/builders from Hillsboro, Ala., and their custom 1996 Peterbilt 379, built from the ground up by brothers Hayward and Hayden and run by their father, ...

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