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Blasts from the past: Bennies and bad checks

Cartoons by Overdrive artist C. Livolsi in the 1960s were hard-hitting satires fused with corny humor.

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Landstar sees “continued strength in revenue per load”

If this week’s earnings report from Landstar Systems is any indication, the rest of the year looks good for owner-operators. “I would characterize the overall second quarter freight environment as a little choppy, but moving in an upward direction,” said Henry Gerkens, chairman, president and CEO of Landstar, the nation’s biggest owner-operator carrier.  “Pricing continued to be strong.” Landstar’s numbers were strong, too. Compared to the second quarter of 2010, this second quarter saw increased revenue ($676 ...

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Tony’s Convoy for Hope of a cancer cure in Alberta Sunday

The man it's named after wasn't a trucker, as notes Canadian Stouffville (Alberta) Sun-Tribune editor and columnist Jim Mason in the story he wrote about Tony's Convoy for Hope, published July 15. But thanks to his in-law oil-tank haulers, his "is is a big name in Western Canadian trucking circles," as Mason writes. Rossi (pictured) passed away in September 2010, after a rallying convoy was organized by his aforementioned oil-hauling brother-in-law Tom Jack and his wife, ...

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Tonight on American Trucker — Gully Transportation’s antique trucks

Gully Transportation will be featured on tonight's edition of the American Trucker television show. The episode will air on the Speed Channel at 10 p.m. Eastern. The program will show the production of one of the Quincy, Ill.-based regional hauler's newest trucks – a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia – in the manufacturer's Cleveland, N.C., facility. “My father started the business with just one truck in 1947," says company vice president Michael Gully, "and in 1964 he purchased his first ...

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Suspecting foul play in trailer deck collapse, car hauler vows vigilance

File this under "lessons learned," folks. On May 9, 2011, after an afternoon loading cars in Shreveport, La., car hauler Marc Pogrebneak wheeled over to the Petro off I-20 for a quick shower, dinner and a call to his wife. He was set to roll into West Texas to stage near his load's destination, and after a walk-around inspection of his truck, he set off. All seemed routine. But when he made his destination and got out ...

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Motorhead Garage TV’s ‘Big Rig Edition’ series continues

Hosts Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman, formerly of such television shows as Two Guys Garage, Shade Tree Mechanic, and Crank and Chrome, have launched a series of "Big Rig Editions" of Motorhead Garage, Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on the Fox Sports Network, taking do-it-yourself maintenance and truck/trailer know-how from the shop to the small screen. This Sunday's show will feature Randy Pruitt, president of Detroit Radiator, giving Dave Bowman "the low-down on their advanced technology with ...

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Trashing the ex!

Dear Carolyn, My new boyfriend constantly runs down his former girlfriend. He talks trash about her and compares everything I do to how she did it.  I’ve never met the poor woman but it makes me a little uneasy. Why can’t he just enjoy my good side without having to tell me how terrible she was?  Do you think he’s protesting a bit too much? Janet Dear Janet, Pay close attention to this. How he talks about her is ...

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Vid with a onetime ‘Queen of the Road’

Remember 'Queen of the Road' Margarette Kirsch, the 82-year-old whom the Twilight Wish Foundation helped find her way into the passenger seat of a Penske International for a cross-country haul -- longtime dream come true? We came across video of part of her journey with driver/singer Anabella Wood behind the wheel at AARP's Youtube.com page and thought we'd share. It's embedded below. Enjoy. . .

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A yellow butterfly flitters in her golden years

The 1974 Kenworth "Lady Butterfly," once featured as Overdrive's Tractor of the Month, is still pulling her weight and more.

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Visit the trucking museum at Iowa 80 and download a new app

If it happens you're at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop today, be sure to visit the trucking museum. If you're packing  a smartphone, scan the QR code with the phone's camera at the front desk to download a new app and you can go back there anytime you like -- virtually, that is. The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum launched the app just a few days back to virtual visitors the opportunity ...

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