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TV drama of a gypsy trucker still magic for fans

In 1975, Overdrive covered the filming of the TV series, "Movin' On," starring Claude Akins as trucker Sonny Pruitt.

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Trucking advocate enjoyed Overdrive award

Bruce Wieser won a prize for the Native American-inspired message on his rig and now advocates for trucker heroes.

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Veterans Day tributes on OverdriveRetro

OverdriveRetro, the magazine's website devoted Overdrive's 50 years' coverage of truckers and trucking, features drivers such as Vietnam veteran Douglas Fetterly and others who served in the nation's armed forces to commemorate Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the photo above, Fetterly was reading Overdrive while stationed near the Cambodian border in 1967. Read about Fetterly here and see a display of Veterans Day-themed trucks from back issues of Overdrive here, at OverdriveRetro.

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Veterans Day: Memories of mail call amid war’s toll

Retired owner-operator Doug Fetterly's first job out of high school, in 1966, was with the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

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Still trekking to shoot stills of the big rigs

Amateur truck photographer Russ MacNeil has taken photos of big rigs since he was a teen growing up near Westfield, Mass. As a child, he was mesmerized as trucks roared by on walks with his aunt near Route 20. By the time he was 27, a black Mack Model B he shot near Ft. Pierce, Fla., appeared on the cover of Overdrive’s July 1984 issue and was featured as the Tractor of the Month. One of the ...

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An old star shines coast-to-coast

Owner-operator Mike Long, a native of Marion, Ind., restored a 1979 IH Transtar 4070B six years ago. The Landstar Ranger contractor still drives it.

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Website commemorates Overdrive’s 50th

The new website, OverdriveRetro, offers retrospects on news, features and photos from 50 years of trucking history covered by Overdrive magazine for its 50th anniversary of its September 1961 launch. With special attention to the magazine's back issues and reader interaction, the website has five photo galleries, a section for readers to submit memories and anecdotes about trucking, a equipment section featuring the best innovations over 50 years, a weekly featured topic, videos and a blog by Overdrive managing ...

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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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Read his lips

Owner-operator F. P. Sykes expressed much of the same frustration in September 1965's issue of Overdrive that truckers saythe feel today.

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October: They say it’s our birthday

You’ll find monthly features in Overdrive, starting with the October issue. That month we’ll also launch a 50th anniversary website, OverdriveRetro.com.

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