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New vids from owner-operator/songwriter Howard Salmon

I caught up with Howard Salmon at the TA in downtown Nashville a couple weeks back now -- it'd been more than a year since the last time we'd been able to meet up, and he had much to tell. His independent trucking business, hauling in a 1999 Kenworth W900 with a reefer and loading mostly brokered freight around the states, continues well, though like so many out there he's put in long rounds without a ...

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‘Where’s the love’ for truckers? Dr. Love has the answer

Or at least he knows where it's not: I-55 South into Hammond, La., from the No. 46 milemarker about 15 miles to I-12 (much smoother). Dr. Love, or truck driver B.G. Love, takes online viewers on a tour down this road in a video posted in June to the blog for his "Lovology" project, a personal philosophical journey the driver and thinker has been documenting online since April 1, 2010. In the video, he tries to make ...

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Tornado caught on owner-operators’ webcam

Owner-operators Randy Moyano and Ann Burt (pictured) run in a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a Fontaine RGN with Superior stinger axle for heavy/overdimensional loads, leased to Greentree Transportation. I met the pair a week ago today in Lebanon, Tenn., where I took this picture. They were deadheading west then all the way to Oklahoma to pick up an oversize load that would take them back to North Carolina. By Wednesday morning this week, they were stopped ...

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Interviewing Dan Heister, Overdrive’s Trucker of the Year

In this month's issue of Overdrive, I wrote about the recession-surviving prowess of Boyd Bros.-leased owner-operator Dan Heister (pictured), whose mastery of his short-medium haul niche in Boyd's self-dispatch/percentage-pay Independent Express program brought him through the really bad times in 2008 to ever-greater success this year. In addition to recently purchasing what amounts to a small farm in Erin, Tenn., where he'll move the family later this year, he's Overdrive's 2011 Trucker of the Year, ...

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas — truckstop edition

"The only real difference between you and me -- I do it in one night; you do it constantly." --Santa Claus at the truckstop, to a fellow hauler in the fuel line Merry Christmas, all. Here's a little vid from the folks at driver training outfit Driver Solutions to give you a little holiday chuckle. Thanks for doing what you do. -TD

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Texas technicians rope Rush rodeo grand prizes — vids and more from the event

Sorting though the rich experience that was Rush Truck Centers' Tech Skills Rodeo, held last week in San Antonio, is I've found a task best approached over weeks rather than days. If you missed the results, read on, or see my story from last week here. It's impossible to get it all into the space of a single post or news piece, including as it did the drama of mutliple competitions, diverse educational opportunities for ...

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Helpful partner — Western Express driver Derek Dorsey

Not only is longtime Western Express driver Derek Dorsey a great asset to the Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered fleet -- company recruiting director Matt Neal calls him "our go-to guy, great with customers, great with training new drivers” and "one of our absolute best" -- he's also quite accommodating to everyone he meets, including writer-photographers like me. When I rode along with him to Atlanta from Nashville and back as part of the "Gridlock" feature in this ...

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Complimentary advertisement… and: PSP unlikely to be the new DAC

Driver with a lens-load of cool It's been a few months since we checked in with on-road crooner Howard Salmon, so he checked in with us, sending along this picture he happened upon recently, with a pre-emptive answer to the obvious question. Yes indeedy, he wrote, "I am also sending this to Geico Insurance." He caught the gekko, he says, chewing on a piece of some bread he'd been eating while he leafed through a phone book ...

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Still ‘dressed for success’ — Henry Albert’s opening salvo at GATS PIB

Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year, independent owner-operator Henry Albert (pictured, right, with our current Trucker of the Year, Mike Crawford), delivered an opening salvo at Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminar Friday, Aug. 27, at the Great American Trucking Show in an address that elucidated the effects of a very-small adjustment in his  business that, Albert said, led to “increased business, new customers” and big revenue, generally, for his Albert Transport business. But, perhaps most ...

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Coming attractions: Show trucks

The biggest venue for Pride & Polish, produced now by Overdrive’s Custom Rigs, is coming in less than a month. It’s the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 26-28. This show always draws great rigs. You can view a quick sampling from the 2009 show in a music video on Overdrive’s video player. There are also truck videos from the last two Great West Truck Shows, another Pride & Polish venue. Check our recent story for ...

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