Smokey and the Bandit

Hollywood gears up for throwback trucking flick

18 Wheel Butterfly is supposedly a throwback road film that is part Thelma and Louise, part Smokey and the Bandit.

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Owner-Operator of the Month: Brad Chapdelaine

Brad Chapdelaine devotes as much attention to local outreach as he does his bottom line.

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Safe-cracking time: The Evel Knievel haul rig restore-in-progress

If all goes well, says American Trucker host Robb Mariani, tomorrow he, North Carolina-based Brad Wike and the rig's owner will at least attempt to crack a gallon-size safe found under a cabinet in the floor of the Evel Knievel haul rig Mariani located and featured on his show last year (check out the "Finding Evel" episode via that link). I'll be there for it, so expect an update. "The story is Evel had some jewelry ...

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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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Breaking Free

From fighting for enhanced freedom to haul in its early days to stressing smart business practices later, Overdrive has championed the owner-operator’s concerns.

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Results: The top 10 trucking songs of all time

We asked, you told, then voted. Here are the results, with links to download an mp3 via Amazon, where available.

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82-year-old gets a trucking wish; Minnesota horse northbound and down

Queen of the road A story in the Doylestown, Pa., Intelligencer newspaper details the Twilight Wish Foundation's efforts to grant a long-haul wish to 82-year-old Margarette Kirsch. In late May, she set out of a 15-day journey from Philly to California and back to her Merritt Island, Fla., home with trucker Annabella Wood at the wheel, the culmination of events Intelligencer reporter Kristina Kristofic details in the piece. It's a fantastic look at a singular individual ...

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Action-packed memoir about more than broken bones

Hal Needham, stuntman and director of the "Smokey and the Bandit" trilogy, relates career high points in a just-released memoir.

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Burt, Sally and a W900A

Trucking came to the foreground in the classic “Smokey and the Bandit,” and real truckers played no small part in racing their rigs; and the engine brake of today is developed.

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Charlotte show features Smokey truck

A truck and trailer highlighting the 1977 movie with Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason will be at the Charlotte Diesel Super Show.

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