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‘Is it a 10-speed?’

What's that line at the end of the Canadian slapstick classic Strange Brew? It's on the tip of my tongue... Oh wait, I remember. The McKenzie Brothers, Bob and Doug, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, are given the keys to a big rig loaded with beer after saving the brewery's day by averting an evil brewmeister's plot toward world domination. Someone asks, "Do you know how to drive one of these things?" "If it's a 10-speed..." ...

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UPDATE: ‘Hats for heroes’ special delivery, take two

You will recall my story here about the genesis and progress of Marten Transport driver Candy Bass' "Hats for Heroes" program of providing an outlet for a wide array of trucking industry participants to honor the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers. Well, the past year's volume of hats was significant enough to require more than just a single load of donated hats for the wounded delivered. Owner-operator Brian Chute (pictured here), based in Kansas City, delivered ...

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Our EOBR gifts to Mexican carriers

One of the curious aspects of the current cross-border trucking plan is the U.S. paying for Mexican trucks to be equipped with electronic onboard recorders.

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Don't get no respect!

Dear Carolyn, I’ve been driving for the same company for two years. Lately, they’ve been treating me badly. Dispatch is rude and the owner of the company has told me several times that he’s not sure he’ll be able to keep me on. He’s letting the equipment get run down and skimping on repairs. Part of the reason I hired on was because he had nice new trucks. I’m working myself to death and worrying about ...

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‘In one helluva fix’ without truckers

Overdrive's 1972 disc jockey contest highlighted trucking radio hosts, some of whom are still on the air waves.

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New Frito Lay trailer wrap supports Women in Trucking

Last week in Louisville, the Women In Trucking Association went for the Guinness World Record again for the largest gathering of female truck drivers with their second annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel. You may recall my reporting on last year's unsuccessful attempt. This year, the gathering drew 204 professional female drivers (last year, the number was just under 300) on Saturday, April 2, and though that number failed to break the record, the event ...

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Back to the past: $4 diesel returns

Well it's official, folks. The Energy Information Administration's weekly diesel report this week showed the national average with 3 cents of the $4 mark, reaching the highest point yet in the now near nine-month run-up in price we've seen since last August, by now oh-so eerily reminiscent of the 2007-08 run (an Overdrive headline in April 2008 read, "No April Fool's joke: $4 diesel"). This blow-up is ever more remarkable in what it's been revealing about the glacial ...

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‘Truck spotting’ takes off in England to industry image benefit

Remember the oft-described "good ol' days" of the 1970s? When truck drivers were portrayed by the movie stars of the day and lionized by the public as hardworking heroes of the American way? The image of drivers and public interest in trucking may never have been higher on this side of the pond, it's certain, and the recent success of some trucking-related television programs indicates at least that the interest is returning in a limited ...

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Outside the truck: Ultrarunner to tame the ice roads

Starting Wednesday, reports the Toronto Sun, ultrarunner Alicja Barahona will attempt a 240-mile round-trip haul between Inuvik, north of the Arctic Circle, and Tuktoyaktuk on the shore of the Arctic Ocean on the ice road that is the frozen McKenzie river in Canada's Northwest Territories. Made well-known for the truck travel there when the History Channel series Ice Road Truckers filmed its second season there, the McKenzie River ice road is perhaps as treacherous as they ...

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Roadside Attractions

A live necklace, a chance to win a flatbed, a heroic trucker, striking truck drivers in South Africa and record cargo theft are among the trucking issues featured.

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