Roadside Attractions

New load board hopes to facilitate O/O-shipper connections

UPDATE 10/18/2016 about No Broker Freight.com: Valerie Hemmings is the spouse of an owner-operator running under his own authority -- she recently wrote in with something of a plea for owner-operators to stand together for better rates, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the many permutations of middlemen in the ultimate carrier-shipper transaction. "Owner/Operators," she wrote, are "gasping for financial air because of the middlemen like brokers, agents and double-brokerage side-line agents, and fake brokers who ...

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Mustang’s Trucking at the tattoo parlor

Last time we checked in with Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford it was on the occasion of the death of his longtime trucking companion in his dog, Fred. This time round, Crawford stopped on his way through Nashville for a brief talk and photo shoot. Crawford, who recently got his DOT authority -- note the "Mustang's Truckin'" emblem on his 1994 Freightliner's door -- and went out on his own hauling dedicated ...

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New speed governor: Public art on the roadways

No, it's not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists -- nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star's website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt's Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part. It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and  I-35 in Roeland Park, ...

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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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What are the top ten trucking songs of all-time?

Planning for Overdrive's 50th anniversary this year, we want to hear from you with recommendations for a top-ten list of the best trucking songs of all time. Lest I unduly influence the process, I will refrain here from mentioning my own top-ten, but let's say potential contenders could range from classics by Red Sovine to "Eastbound and Down" to the more recent, such as Pure Grain's "Trucking Song" or many a tune penned by owner-operator-crooners ...

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Jason’s Law national call-in day June 23; drivers urge action

Last year it came on the heels of calls for passage from often at-odds constituencies in the industry, and this year, drivers and other industry parties are following similar unity after Jason's Law's May reintroduction to the 112th U.S. Congress by New York Congressman Paul Tonko to urge drivers to make vocal their support next week, June 23. (For video of the press conference reintroducing the legislation, see the bottom of this post.) The legislation, H.R. ...

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4 State’s Bryan Martin on Joplin rebuilding efforts in All Drivers Together conference call

In a conference call last week put together by the All Drivers Together group, a collaboration of owner-operators and drivers opening up a free conference line to drivers and others in the trucking industry around the nation to network and share information toward industry betterment, 4 State Trucks' Bryan Martin noted the shift in efforts around his home city of Joplin, Mo., to rebuilding in a big way last week. "This week, it’s cleanup crews ...

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Hardage custom combo unit gets final fix

You might remember Jeff Hardage, owner of the J&C Investments small fleet, based in Garland, Texas, if you've been paying any attention whatsoever to the news coming out of the Pride & Polish competitions at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas the past several years. Most recently, I wrote about Hardage's son Eric's 1963 Mack B83 with a winch body, itself Jeff's own father's truck from the generation prior, in the December issue of ...

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Amsoil now on the marquee at Wisconsin dirt track

Synthetic oil manufacturer Amsoil, with a significant presence in the trucking industry, continues its support of dirt track racing in the Midwest as the new title sponsor of the Superior Speedway in its home city of Superior, Wis., at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds on the south end of the city. The sponsorship agreement includes naming rights to the facility, and the track formerly known as Superior Speedway will now, for a minimum of ...

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Trucking continues coming to Joplin aid

The stories about relief efforts in Joplin keep coming in. Before I get to a couple more, I thought I'd take a moment to note that I will be out of the office through June 7, though Channel 19 will continue to bring all manner of side routes and byways into the industry in my time away. Definitely keep ears on Monday for an awesome Memorial Day dispatch by Overdrive managing editor Lucinda Coulter. (If ...

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