Smokin Joe in Overdrive

Smokin’ Joe Lee Smith rides into the sunset

Today, a salute, a send-off, for Smokin' Joe Lee Smith, a hardworking free spirit of a driver well-known for his 1989 album of rock 'n' roll truck-driving music, Smokin' Joe in Overdrive. I wrote about Smith after his record found a second life back in 2010. (Find a more detailed story about the record and Smith in this story, part of my column for Truckers News at the time.) Longtime friend from the Texas-based owner-operator (Smith was ...

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Rockin’ down the highway with new Bell seat covers

The Bell Automotive company is now offering seat covers that bring to mind my teenage trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., state of my rearing, when I spent several years infatuated with the many (and I do mean many) t-shirt shops specializing in the heavy-hair-metal bands of the day. Some of those shirts survive buried in drawers in my house, and just looking at Bell's new line of seat covers makes me, alternately, cringe and revel ...

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Channel 19

Check out this dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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Put your CD player in ‘Overdrive’ — hauler Joe Lee Smith reissues record

Sitting outside Overdrive sister mag CCJ's Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas yesterday and typing away on a story, one of the presenters, with whom I've talked in years past, walked by and nodded my way with a quip I've heard near countless times over the years from folks who know who I work for. "Put it in 'Overdrive,'" he said. I laughed, for what I was at that exact moment looking at on my laptop screen made the ...

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