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Cabover fanatics, this one’s for you: 1973 K100 vid

Bill Bradford's video of the restoration of his antique Kenworth COE.

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Chatting with Aaron Tippin at Uncle Pete’s

I bet you I-40 regulars know Uncle Pete's -- formerly Tennessee 40 -- at 1210 Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tenn., at I-40. It might well give any stop east of the Mississippi a run for the money for the "most distinctive" honor. Adorning its walls is a collection of more than "4,875 coffee cups," says Uncle Pete Norman himself, owner. "Never bought one, but I've drank out of every one." Pete's special proprietary bean blend ground ...

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Two J&S Petes — views from a new custom player

The combination of the J&S Truck and Trailer Sales dealer in Knoxville, Tenn., and J&S Body Shop, run by Benny Coffey in nearby Corryton, showed these two newly restored / customized Petes at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville last month. They're lookers, that's certain, and both on sale at the J&S sales installation at 2816 John Deer Dr. in Knoxville. The sleeper truck on the left is a 2005 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with ...

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Holloway Sisters, good music, nice truck, and a joke

Nice truck, don't you think? Drivers, meet the Holloway Sisters, Michelle (right) and Sondra, both of whom we met here next to Jimmy Jabo's custom 1953 Ford F100 on the grounds of Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show a couple weekends back. The sisters performed with their family band, Outta the Blue, headed up with mother and father Nancy and David (also pictured below), well before trucking troubadour Leland Martin took ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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More trucks, scenes from Knoxville show last week

Cinderella sleeper storyI was stoked at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend when, on Saturday morning, this yellow Mack pulled into the lot with none other than my childhood hometown of Rock Hill, S.C., lettered on the doors. The unit is the four-year project, completed when he put the truck in service in 2001, of 41-year-old owner-operator John Randolph, who lives in nearby Blacksburg, S.C., but whose shop for his and his ...

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Southeastern Regional truck show one month hence

Mid-America had to start somewhere. --owner-operator Ted Bowers, president of the American Truck Historical Society's Smoky Moutains chapter The show about which Bowers had those thoughts for me is a joint venture with his ATHS chapter and several others in the Southeast, and it's coming up quick: April 13-14 in Knoxville. Bowers made his comparison with the giant Louisville trucking show after noting that he expected more than 200 trucks to enter the Knoxville event. Some of ...

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ATHS Music City Chapter kicks off the new year

Thanks to Rhonda Reagan (pictured) for the invite to the American Truck Historical Society Music City Chapter's year-beginning meeting and auction this past Saturday, Jan. 14. Held at an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., the event drew a crowd near 100 strong, made up of members and their families as well as representatives from other regional ATHS chapters like the Smoky Mountains chapter in Knoxville, among others. All told, says Reagan, the organization nearly doubled ...

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A turn in the road for owner-operator R.C. Barnes

Since I shared his "Old Glory" video here on the blog, I've had the opportunity to learn more about the man behind the vid: R.C. Barnes ultimately might have more experience behind the wheel of a trucking business than any other hauler on the highway today. “I’ve heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am,” says the 77-year-old Youngstown, Ohio, resident, “but nobody who’s been out here as long as ...

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