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Todd Dills

Biggest tractor-trailer cake in the world

| July 10, 2009

In celebration of two anniversaries at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree today, an 8-ft.-long cake built as a semi will be served up to an estimated 2,000 people at 2 p.m. The anniversaries: the Jamboree's 30th, ...

Give that man a CDL!

| July 09, 2009

Little did South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford know how common was the feeling he revealed to his Argentinean mistress in one of several e-mails released by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Describing an early ...

Good Karma

| July 08, 2009

Birds aren't the only animals who tweet. Karma, perhaps the most popular trucking dog on social microblogging site Twitter, has drawn quite the following. At last count, the young German shepherd had 1,150 followers, thanks ...

One fine RV

| July 07, 2009

Talk about a final ride in style. Recently retired owner-operator Howard Brinson, who worked up to and beyond his 80th birthday, with the help of an owner-operator friend and colleague turned his vintage 1984 Peterbilt ...

Got wheelbase: Project 351 redux

| July 06, 2009

Since I reported on Anthony Fischkelta's Project 351 Kenworth W900 in October last year, the 351-inch wheelbase tractor has made the rounds of various shows and has gotten the YouTube treatment yet again. Here's the ...

Not your father’s air-cleaner canister

| July 03, 2009

Though the urns resemble somewhat scaled-down versions of the chromed canister you’ll find on either side of the cowl of classically styled Petes and Kenworths, they’re sealed to protect your loved one’s cremated remains from ...

Optimus Prime returns flame-heavy as ever

| July 02, 2009

Fans of classic big rigs, the first Transformers movie or both may be thrilled to find out that Autobot leader Optimus Prime returns to Earth in heavy metal as a blazingly blue Peterbilt with hot-red ...

On-highway politics, take two

| June 30, 2009

When the Springfield, Mo., neo-Nazi National Socialists group moved to adopt a section of the West Bypass around the town from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine (and thus have their organization's name plastered on ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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