Overdrive Extra

Checking in with ChampTruck competitor Allen Boles on his small fleet’s prep for upcoming truck races

Jupiter Enterprises’ owner, manager and driver Allen Boles has been hard at work prepping his 15-truck fleet’s two Peterbilt entrants for the upcoming Meritor ChampTruck World Series truck races, which kick off later this month at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. I had the chance this week to talk to Susan Boles, Allen’s sister, about the coal haulers’ progress on the racers and other prep with just a week remaining until they venture from their Weaverville, ...

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25th anniversary pride: Our 25 best show truck videos

One way we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Overdrive's Pride & Polish this year is highlighting our best custom truck videos.

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Worst case scenario: A truck fire! What to do if your rig’s ablaze

Smelling smoke while you're on the road? Take action before it's too late. Read these seven key points, or you can view our 30-Second Trucker Tip video series to get the quickie version.

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Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive says

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates.

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Start the Pride & Polish season with six seconds of stars

Any of you show truck aficionados who'll be in central Florida April 24-26 can get a good fix at the 75 Chrome shop show. It's the first Overdrive's Pride & Polish event of 2015, taking place that weekend at the shop on I-75, just northwest of Orlando (map). Can't make that? Check the locations and dates for our four other competitions this year. We never know who all the entrants will be until the last ones show up, ...

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VIDEO: Obscene Gesture cabover rescued from junkyard

Among the many cabovers at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, one of the best-looking was Jeff Shawhan’s 1990 Kenworth K100E, which he calls Obscene Gesture.

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Owner-operators finally escaping the recession’s shadow

If you can overlook the growing regulatory burden, this may be the best time to be in the market we’ve seen in years.

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A special glimpse into the early days of motoring

Those with a weak spot for the olden days of America’s highways will enjoy this collection of some of the earliest car commercials and other videos.

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A final chance to dodge the Obamacare tax penalty

The federally facilitated health insurance marketplaces are reopening for enrollment through April 30.

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Tire testing: Watch out for nails, slick pavement and things that bite

The Goodyear Proving Grounds is a fascinating place, at least for those who like to push equipment to the limit and meticulously measure the results.

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