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Open call with Anne Ferro

The folks at the Trucking Solutions Group -- including members we've written about on the blog, from owner-operators Rick Ash and Bob and Linda Caffee to Henry Albert -- are hosting an open conference call with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro today at 3 p.m. EDT today. Call-in details you can find here, and I'll include them in this post as well below. If you have questions for the administrator, please email them ASAP to Ash at ...

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LETTER: Kudos, more maintenance please!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate everyone and everything they do at Overdrive. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine in the mail each month. My wife has learned over the years that every time I come home to a new issue she can expect to be by herself again for the next couple of hours while I pour over each and ...

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National Seating sweepstakes: Do you need a new seat?

If so, here's your chance to get one free of charge. Get on over to this website, which is offering owner-operators the chance to win a brand-new premium National Commodore seat (pictured) by sharing a shot of your current seat and any anecdotes detailing what you like about it and what could make you like it a whole lot more. The contest is ongoing as of June 1, and a monthly winner will be selected.

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Stroup, First Class Services going for a sweep?

Randy Stroup has had no mercy on his fellow Pride & Polish competitors the last two seasons.

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Onboard recorder integrates with Google Earth

The PeopleNet company announced two weeks back that it had integrated some of the onboard data-recording capabilities of its EOBR units with Google Earth in order to provide back-office staff a bird's eye, 3-D-type view of critical events. Check out the picture here, which appears to show acceleration/braking on a right-hand curve. “In direct response to demand, we’ve given customers a ground level view that lets them “drive” the Onboard Event Recording event from point to ...

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This engine’s on fire

Ray Rodriguez' repainted engine may be what pushes his '88 Pete to a Best of Show victory.

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Facebook bragging

  Dear Carolyn, I have a friend who is always bragging on Facebook. She posts pictures of her fabulous life, awesome boyfriend, expensive vacations and newest purchases. I’m barely making it as a single mother of two kids. I drive a truck to pay the bills and would love to walk in her stilettoes for a day or two! I have considered “de-friending” her but outside of Facebook, I like her and she’s been a good friend ...

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Crossville classic — Bill Bradford’s FL 9664T

I'm out at the Crossville, Tenn., truck show of the Music City Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, where things are just getting under way. Bill Bradford, semi-retired owner of a business selling Land Rover parts in South Pittsburg, Tenn. (between Monteagle and Chattanooga), is here with this sweet long-wheelbase (relatively) 1978 Freightliner cabover, powered by a 400 Cummins, 13-speed transmission (see below). He bought it several months ago from an owner based in Grain ...

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Hubby gets healthy

Dear Carolyn, My husband is a 55 year-old trucker who has decided to take steps to improve his health. He’s scared about his high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea. He blames his medical conditions on the trucking lifestyle but for some reason, has decided to make serious changes. I want to help. Do you have any tips for spouses? Sarah Dear Sarah, First, congratulations on your husband’s decision to start on the road to health. I actually do have ...

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