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Trucker of the year

It's not often a trucker gets the front-page treatment in a mainstream newspaper's business section, but such was the case for James Loveland, Willie Shaw Express driver and 2009 Truckload Carriers Association Company Equipment Driver of the Year, an award partly sponsored by Truckers News, after Loveland appeared on the cover of our May issue. In a story in his hometown newspaper, the Mobile Press-Register -- "'Outlaw Hog' top company truck driver" -- by K.A. ...

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TruckerSteve and friends

Trucker Stephen Adams (pictured) -- also a seasoned blogger, podcaster and videographer -- posted this short film (below) to YouTube recently. He describes it as a project embarked upon to "practice working with my new equipment," basically, but the suspense created is nearly palpable. There's quite a bit of humor at his site, TruckerSteve.org, of the occasionally off-color variety, be aware. A funny prank on marathon Twitter-er DriverGeoff is a highlight. (Geoff's near-constant "I'm draggin ...

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GeoWoodstock VII

This past weekend at the GeoWoodstock VII event in Bell Buckle, Tenn. (my first-found personal cache, let it be known, an "event cache" the 3.5-inch Teletype WorldNav GPS navigator led me to without flaw), I got to meet one of the biggest trackable "travel bugs" out there. Pictured, it's the Freightliner driven by Wisconsin-based D.J. Christie and Frank Williams, TwoTruckers on Geocaching.com and GroundSpeak, veteran geocachers. If you're unfamiliar with the activity, geocaching I've heard ...

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Bringing a trucker home

Shawna Hicks wrote us last week with a request. Her father, Allen, of Orem, Utah, was missing. Before we could get word out about the search, he was found deceased in a Hagerstown, Md., truckstop. She asks that able parties donate to a fund that has been set up to bring him home to be buried: the Wells Fargo Allen Hicks Memorial Fund, account no. 9194243458.By mail to:Allen Hicks Memorial Fund278 N. 400 E.Orem, Utah ...

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Bring on the COEs

The show-truck landscape in the United States is undoubtedly dominated by the conventional tractor. By and large, too, though aerodynamic packages have seen play in some recent custom creations (perhaps most notably in the International ProStar Mayh, customized in large part by the folks at Elizabeth Truck Center in New Jersey), these trucks tend to conform to the ever-popular Outlaw style -- low-slung, big-bumpered, boxy-front-ended rigs with minimalist paint jobs.Over in Europe, though, things are ...

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Video blogging to lose weight

Trucker Steve Jennings of LaFollette, Tenn., is on a quest to lose weight, he tells us -- and not just us. He's chronicling said quest on YouTube. Follow his progress here on his channel or on his profile pages at CDLofit.com and facebook.com. The first such vid (below), posted just last week, follows Jennings on a protracted walk around his truck, among other things. Did you know 33 times around the truck equals a mile? ...

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Music for ‘Hard Times’

Volume 2 of the CD series Truckers Tracks, dubbed "Hard Times," is out now from Nashville's Spec Records, brainchild of musician and producer Doug Jones. When Doug Jones moved to Music City in the 1990s he was following the tracks of his friend Johnny Neel, the famed keyboardist who did a stint with the Allman Brothers starting in the late 1980s. (You might be surprised, or you might not, to learn that both Jones and ...

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New Autocar/White antique truck books

divdivFrom the folks at Iconographix in Wisconsin come two new collections of photography of, respectively, Autocar and White trucks of the 1950s, both out last week. Large-format perfect bound softcover books with excellent photo reproduction quality, the books, says Nichole Schiele of Motorbooks, the primary distributor, says the collections are great for enthusiasts of trucking and automotive history. Both Autocar and White's roots go back to the origin of the truck as a freight-transporting ...

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The Channel 19 counting method

Local news outlets around the nation have been full of them lately, stories detailing the difficulties for drivers and owner-operators far and wide. You've seen some mentioned here (extended wait times between loads and the attendant difficulty keeping up with truck payments, operators shut out of ports), and the stories are remarkable to my mind for the operator persistence they evoke, despite their portrayal of our tough economic times.The Associated Press just yesterday added something ...

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Big hearts, many miles, sweet songs

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