trucking history

Blasts from the past: Bennies and bad checks

Cartoons by Overdrive artist C. Livolsi in the 1960s were hard-hitting satires fused with corny humor.

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You’ve been everywhere, Man

Write in with your trucking memories and vote on your favorte trucking song for Overdrive's special anniversary issue.

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Lady Butterfly, a 1974 Kenworth conventional, was owned by John Mann, of East Canton, Ohio, when the tractor was Overdrive’s Tractor of the Month in September 1980. See more trucks from past issues at www.overdriveretro.com.

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A summer weekend read for gearheads

The technology for air-to-air coolers and auxilliary power units was invaluable for making cleaner running engines and saving fuel.

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A knight of the road recalls the royal carpet

Owner-operator Gordon Alkire recalls an era when the knights of the road, he says, were treated like royalty.

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Revisiting a 12-month truck calendar

Readers still remember Overdrive's January 1980 12-month calendar of trucks, which ranged from modern to antique, American to European.

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Electronically controlled unit injector anticipates the future

The 1985 electronically controlled unit injector was ahead of its time in anticipating the reduction of diesel emissions.

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A produce hauler’s legacy: ‘Best job I ever hated’

Floridian Ed Kimball created a family legacy when he hauled bananas from the Sunshine state in the 1950s.

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A lion tests a model’s mettle

Former Overdrive model Carrie Shubert offers perspective on men, women and life in her mantra as an accomplished psychic.

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‘I loved those trucks’

Wreckers, replicas, dumps and small fleets that once garnered monthly Overdrive awards inspired truckers' career choices.

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