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Lighthouse comes to N.C. truckstop

If the shine on the stainless in their new chrome shop wasn't enough to get your attention, the Kenly 95 TA Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., has unveiled a 65-ft. lighthouse to send a beacon to all haulers traversing the highly trafficked I-85 corridor in the Southeast. Part of the Iowa 80 Group, Kenly 95 continues to grow and remodel on a schedule ending next year. In addition to the lighthoues and chrome shop, the restaurant ...

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‘Horsepower’ host tries hand at diesels

Navistar's Maxxforce engines and their 2010 emissions technologies might be the only heavy-duty diesels to have ever had their own television show -- the new Maxxforce TV website debuted in the last couple weeks and features Qamp;As with drivers around the country in quiz-show style, complete with cash and prizes.In the first episode, one Illinois hauler named Sal gets quizzed on Maxxforce advanced EGR emissions technology by Spike TV's Horsepower car show host Joe Elmore ...

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And you thought CA was tough on diesels

With all the fire on owner-operators of diesels coming out of the Golden State, one wouldn't be unjustified in feeling a little picked on (the skinny on upcoming California deadlines for reefers and trucks serving ports you can find here). But perhaps you can take heart (or bile, depending on how charitable you're feeling today) from this latest announcement from the California Air Resources Board, the state's arbiter of emissions regulations. Wednesday CARB said it ...

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‘Truckin’ Life’ magazine founder remembered

Truckin' Life is Australia's premiere trucking magazine for owner-operators: in certain ways, it shares with its American counterpart in Overdrive a defining mission, clear from the tagline that adorns its cover, "The voice of the Australian trucker." Truckin' Life's founder, Malcolm B. Johnson (pictured, courtesy Truckin' Life), suffered a heart attack July 31 and passed away in early August.According to former Truckin' Life managing editor Jim Gibson, writing Johnson's obituary in Truckin' Life recently, the ...

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Blind driving just around the next corner?

Today's topic of note calls for a modification of the last line of novelist Ralph Ellison's 1950s book Invisible Man, which concludes with the book's protagonist a little closer to visibility perhaps than when he started setting down his story. In this case, a technology may well make the revised sentiment a possibility, which has all to do with bringing the activity of driving into the hands of a significant subset of individuals previously locked ...

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Air cargo pilots looking for the bathroom

Pilots for air-cargo company Amerijet are on strike, alleging already bad and deteriorating working conditions. Among those conditions, detailed by a couple striking pilots interviewed by an independent journalist in the video below, via YouTube, is the fact of the small bags the pilots must use to relieve themselves, then storing the bags at the back of the cockpit for the course of their up to 18-hour shifts. They also claim that when they arrive ...

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Latest engine-brake quandary

Engine brakes -- followed in a close second by idling -- might be the No. 1 bugaboo of localities around the nation when it comes to trucking. They're loud, residents say, a veritable scourge to peaceful living, and have been approached occasionally by attempted bans of trucks from long-used routes in different areas around the nation.The latest controversy brakes was remarked upon by a letter writer to the News-Transcript in the Freehold, N.J., area, about ...

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One truck cranks with football season

The equipment truck for the University of Alabama football team, a 2004 International 9900 decked out with Crimson Tide insignia, triggered almost as much hoopla as a season-opening kickoff when it pulled into a dealership in the veritable heart of the heart of Crimson Tide country (and the home of Overdrive offices), Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a needed part last Thursday afternoon.Before Covan World-Wide Moving dedicated driver Jack Vickers had the 53-ft. Kentucky trailer loaded with ...

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Convoy for a Cure, across North America

The Convoy for a Cure organization jumpstarted last year on the efforts of a Quebecker long-haul driver looking to raise money and awareness, respectively, for breast-cancer research and the challenges of its sufferers. The first, all-female-driver convoy subsequently took place in Ontario, Canada, and inspired others in both Canada and the U.S. Upcoming this October are three more Convoy for a Cure events in Texas, Alberta (Canada) and New Brunswick (Canada).The last of these (see ...

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Owner-operator couple raises money for breast cancer victims

Owner-operators Tom and Debbie Berkel (pictured) had the only truck at the Great American Trucking Show festooned with hot pink roses and sugar-pink ribbons. The couple’s 1995 Kenworth W900L was a popular exhibit that ended up enlisting $825 in raffle ticket donations for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness campaign.The Berkels, leased to Mercer Transportation as team drivers together for 28 years today, have been raising money for others in need for four years, ...

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