MATS 2013

VIDEO: MATS 2013 walk-through

Owner-operator George Parker shot the walk-through vid during his miles of exploration of the show floor in the mammoth Kentuck Expo Center with a GoPro camera mounted on his baseball cap.

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Does Anne Ferro have a driver’s license?

At MATS 2013, Wendy "got to meet her and ask her the solitary question I had for the only high-ranking government official I've ever met."

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This truck brand reigns in diecast model market

One of the back aisles staples of the Mid-America Trucking show is the vendors of model trucks. What truck brand wins the hearts of buyers? Over the years, it's Peterbilt. That's according to Larry Black, who's got a huge stock of model trucks on sale at his diecastdirect.com booth. That's not surprising. Go to any of Overdrive's Pride & Polish events and Petes make up 80 percent or more of everything out there. If there's a ...

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Hotels4Truckers integrates with DAT app, inks more chain partnerships

The online directory of truck-parking-friendly hotels, featuring discounts on many, is offering free memberships (normally $9.95/year) at its MATS booth #67140.

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Photos: Best of the show trucks at Mid-America

Though it's the second day of spring, the clouds, brisk wind and 40-degree weather in Louisville, Ky., would have you convinced otherwise. That didn't stop dozens of show truck owners from showing and thousands of Mid-America Truck Show attendees from walking and gaping at the rigs in the lot behind the Kentucky Exposition Center. Here are photos of some of the more eye-catching trucks entered in this year's show:

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FMCSA Administrator walks with drivers for health awareness

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, as well as TravelCenters of America CEO Tom O'Brien joined the annual Trucking Solutions Group driver health walk at MATS 2013.

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Blast from the past at MATS: 1928 Hendrickson 6×2 tractor

Here are a few photos of a 1928 Hendrickson 6x2 cab and chassis at the Mid-America Trucking Show. This truck has real wood on it. Here's some stats about it: Waukesha six-cylinder gasoline engine Brown and Lipe four-speed transmission 30,000 pound capacity Vacuum assist brakes Vacuum-operated two-stage fuel system

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Upcoming: Exclusive in-cab interview with IRT star Lisa Kelly

Overdrive Executive Editor Jack Roberts had the chance this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show to ride along with Ice Road Truckers star and "Sexiest Trucker Alive" Lisa Kelly, where the two talked modern trucking, the show, Kelly's on-road pet-peeves, her animals and what her role has been in boosting women in the industry. In the exclusive 10-minute interview, Roberts sat behind Kelly on the sleeper bunk while she took a Volvo VN 670 for a ...

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A match made in MATS: Couple gets married at truck show

With tears in her eyes, Shannon Mann said her 'I dos' to her husband, Kevin Young, in front of her friends, family and thousands of people on the radio. In a sea of jeans, t-shirts and name badges, Mann, dressed in white, walked down the aisle, at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Her feet passed by white petals on carpet as she and her now-husband, walked up to the Sirius XM microphones at the Pana Pacific booths ...

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Firestone reenters truck market with radial line

Firestone dropped the curtain on three new truck tires designed to offer drivers and small fleets a fuel-efficient replacement option, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., marking its return to the trucking industry. Matt Frank, head of product marketing for Firestone, said the company's new goal with reentry into the commercial vehicle market is to offer a tire for the small fleet and owner-operator market. Parent company Bridgestone is ...

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