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Media shoutout to independent high-dollar car haulers

Last week in Monterey County, Calif., enthusiasts and wealthy buyers flocked to the area for Classic Car Week events, and among the out-of-state revelers were the truckers who brought various collectors' items to the event. Monterey County Herald reporter Laith Agha took the occasion to write an appreciative story about a few them, a group of longtime enclosed-car haulers who've combined forces to form the Independent Network of Automobile Shippers, as Agha described them "seven ...

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Seatbelt turns 50

A week ago today was the 50th anniversary of what Volvo is calling the "most important automotive safety device ever, the three-point seatbelt." It was first used in a Volvo four-wheeler, a PV544 delivered in Karlstad, Sweden, five decades ago and today -- because the company gave free use of its patent from the time of its first use to other manufacturers, and due to the belt's obvious safety features -- is standard equipment in ...

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Honor and goodwill in a placemat

Independent Amarillo, Texas-based owner-operator Buster Beverly Jr. designed the placemat pictured here to cover a circumstance that became increasingly common after he and High Plains Tire amp; Diesel in Amarillo began to turn his trailer into a rolling "thank you" to returning vets of current U.S. wars and other survivors of battle. He tells the emblematic story of a Vietnam vet who saw the original message lettered across the back of his trailer and made ...

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Great Recession = ‘Wealthy free spenders’ learning from the majority

Truckers tuned to National Public Radio's Morning Edition program Wednesday heard a newsy repetition of the reality they've been coping with for more than a year in reporter Frank Morris' "Economic slump hits nation's truckers" story from KCUR in Kansas City. In the story, veteran truckers Dee Jones and Mac Shepherd weighed in on the status of trucking and freight while waiting at an Oak Grove, Mo., truck stop. "I've been doing this for 32 ...

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Penske tractor hauls U of M solar car racing team

A Penske tractor is the truck of choice for the University of Michigan Solar Car team. The UM Wolverines, of the famous Maize and Blue, are based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students prepared for the World Solar Challenge (a five-day race across the Australian Outback to be held in October) by conducting a U.S. mock race through the Midwest, about which there is a great pictorial-and-text account at the team's site.The Wolverines captured their fifth ...

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Russian immigrant sentenced in large trucking fraud case

Monday via Wired magazine came a story about the sentencing of 34-year-old Russian immigrant, hacker and Asberger's syndrome sufferer Viachelav Berkovich, who managed to operate a profitable but fraudulent trucking business "over a three-year period," wrote Wired reporter Kevin Poulsen. Berkovich and his codefendant in the case, Nicholas Lakes, also a Russian immigrant, had managed to hack DOT site Safersys.org repeatedly to "temporarily change the contact information for a legitimate trucking company to an address ...

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A recovery of one’s own — grassroots indicators

Fort Gratiot Express owner-operator Cliff Hagedon was featured last week on Public Radio International and WNYC's The Takeaway program in a segment on economic indicators with a human life behind them. Hagedon noted increasingly favorables ratios of available trucks to available loads on public load boards in any given area as evidence that the economic slump was at least beginning to improve for him in some areas of the country. "Right now, I am looking ...

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Waupun Truck-N-Show celebrates 20th anniversary

The Beaver Dam, Wisc., Daily Citizen newspaper reported on the successfully pulled off 20th installment of the Waupun Truck-N-Show in Waupun, Wisc., this weekend. Part of the draw of the annual event is the Ride of Pride convoy of trucks that hits the streets of the small town Saturday. This year, the parade included nearly 200 trucks from around the country. Keep an eye on the show's site for details about next year's event.Among other ...

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Distracted transport secretary announces distracted driver summit

In the wake of the publication of results of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's analysis of long-haulers' texting behavior while driving, the calls for a nationwide ban on the practice have now reached the metaphorical level of deafening, one might say. It'd be pretty easy, thus, for you to have missed a somewhat timid announcement from the U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Tuesday that gave little detail about a supposed "summit" late in September dedicated ...

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Obama ‘on Ice Road Truckers’

Unless you're talking about dissatisfaction with rising government expenditures, such as the prevailing view over on CDLofit surrounding pending health care/insurance legislation, or Teamsters' campaigning efforts, you don't hear the words "Obama" and "truckers" associated in media very often. Late-night comedy shows are another story. Check out this post on PurePolitics.com detailing a night's worth of jokes after Obama's health care press conference from a week and a little extra back. Among the nuggets delivered ...

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