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Vintage Kenworth motor coach returns to Mt. Rainier

Two men from Gig Harbor, Wash., have rescued a 1937 Kenworth Motor Coach from the rust heap of history. So reported the Seattle Times newspaper July 21. Art Redford, 69, "who founded Honey Bucket, the portable-toilet business with the instantly recognizable name," reported the Times, even remembers the vehicle's original purpose: to drive tourists to and from Mt. Ranier. Kenworth only built a few of these coaches, specially designed for the Rainier National Park Company, ...

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Interviewing the 2009 Great American Trucking Family

This month's issue of Truckers News features the Great American Trucking Family for 2009, the Valdepenas of San Bernardino, Calif., who've been trucking for four generations. Truckers News editor Randy Grider took footage of part of his interview with Ralph Valdepena Jr. on his visit with the family out west earlier in the summer. The resulting vid is below. For more on the Valdepenas, check out the full story by Grider in this month's issue ...

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Study probes trucker talking and texting

Results from a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and financed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, made their way into the New York Times and numerous other mainstream media outlets yesterday. One upshot?: texting while driving should be illegal, said researchers, no exceptions.The study tracked more than 100 drivers with video cameras in their cabs over the course of months, logging countless hours of footage over more than a collective ...

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Whoops!

Will Climb for ReceiptA coal hauler filed suit against his fleet, claiming they pressured him to fake his scale receipts by performing a complex climbing maneuver, during which he was injured. "On the day in question," reported the West Virginia Record newspaper, " Calhoun says he pulled up on the automated scale to find it showing his load was 148,000 pounds." To get it to a legal 126,000 pounds, he had to roll forward, "so ...

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‘My Truckin’ Luck’

Such is the name of a new boardgame designed by Blackfoot, Idaho, resident and potato hauler Randy Cox. The Idaho State Journal reported on Cox earlier this month, and in that story Cox described what amounts to a $45,000 investment in the project. Players likewise roll the dice to see how far they can advance on a trek across a U.S. map, beginning in Washington State, and how much money they can make before they ...

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Virginia rest area closures hit the mainstream

The long-planned Virginia rest area closures, which began last week, have been on the trucking radar for months now, ever since the tragic murder of N.Y. hauler Jason Rivenburg in South Carolina focused driver efforts on raising awareness about the dearth of overnight parking in spots nationwide. But yesterday, July 22, a feature on National Public Radio's afternoon All Things Considered program by Adam Hochberg showed the full measure of public concern over the rest ...

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Truck stop chain CEO’s vacation home featured in ‘Traditional Home’

iBy land, sea or air/i could be the motto of Pilot Travel Center CEO Jimmy Haslam III. Not only does the truck-stop tycoon know a lot about trucking lanes, he also has a bird's-eye view of one of American history's great maritime centers. Featured in the June/July issue of iTraditional Home/i magazine, Haslam's vacation home (pictured, with interior detail) rests atop a bluff on Nantucket Sound, where, in the 1700s, more than 125 ships docked ...

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Latest at-fault auto

Thursday last week a pretty common thing with uncommon results happened on I-75 on the "9-Mile Curve" section through Detroit. A wreck ended up destroying a Honda Civic, a tractor pulling a tanker, another tractor-trailer and a large section of bridge over the freeway, which succumbed during the subsequent fire. As the Detroit Free Press reported the story, "Saied Haidarian-Shahri, 27, of Clawson, who’d just received his license in May, apparently lost control of ...

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A salute from Good magazine

With the first of the month came this post to the website of Good magazine -- a charitable magazine about "good" things, generally (they match subscription prices with a contribution to the charity of your choice) -- about photographerrtist John Bakos' series of truckstop portraits (one is pictured here) taken mostly in the Northeast. It's a small paean to the truck drivers of America from and to the general public. As the folks at Good ...

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