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New diesel thieves; ‘American Trucker’ visits the custom shops

High-tech diesel thieves You know fuel prices are bad when you start seeing reports such as the one published yesterday via the website of Central Florida's WFTV. "Some long-haul truckers found a new way to steal diesel, Marion County deputies said Wednesday," WFTV reported. Deputies apparently arrested three separate haulers who were passing off a gagdet to hijack fuel pumps at an I-75 Pilot electronically. Asked about the device used, Pilot manager Steven Freant told the station ...

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‘Deadliest Catch’ star to sign autographs at Louisville trucking show

The "Deadliest Catch" TV show on the Discovery Channel, chronicling the lives of fishers on Alaskan King Crab boats, might seem as far removed from the world of long-haul trucking as it's possible to be. But in a short couple weeks at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Chevron Delo booth No. 14140, drivers from around the country will have the opportunity to meet Edgar Hansen, Deck Boss and Chief Engineer of the Northwestern (pictured) vessel and ...

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‘Here comes plug-in diesel!’

So gushed the website and weekly update of the group Hybrid Owners of America about several automakers' concept cars on display at the Geneva Auto Show last week. But in some sense, freight movement by plug-in powertrain is here, if not in the Class 8 realm, without even the diesel. Navistar recently announced expanded service points for its eStar (pictured) Class 2c-3 all-electric truck, developed in partnership with Modec EV. The new service locations include Chicago ...

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Kentucky hauler stars on History Channel w/ Larry the Cable Guy this Tuesday

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET Murray, Ky.-based driver Ben Brumley (pictured) will take Larry the Cable Guy part of the way through a tour of the long-haul life at the mammoth Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa, an episode in Mr. Cable Guy's "Only in America" series. In it, Larry sets out to explore "all that’s unique and interesting to America," and it's certain you won't find anything like Iowa 80 ...

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‘Tell ‘em Don Knotts sent you’

Don Knotts, who made the role of Deputy Barney Fife a legend, appeared in a 1970 Dodge Trucks ad in Overdrive.

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Is large truck lemon law needed?

There's only a couple effective lemon laws in the country that actually provide protection from "defective" Class 8s for buyers. If you've as yet missed my March cover story in Overdrive on the subject, click on the images here to read, or access the text version here. Among sources was Mike Noll, a retired owner-operator in Sun Prairie, Wis., whose career ended "on something of a sour note," as runs the story's beginning. A new ...

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A few extra horses power rig through snow

Sometimes, the best solutions to problems are the simplest. Or that's one way of looking at the vid below, posted to YouTube by user roush61799 on Feb. 21 and purporting to come from Amish country in Central Pennsylvania. Four horses and a farmer's cart tied to the front end of a big Peterbilt pulling a tanker were more than enough extra boost to unstick this hauler, it looks like. And there's a bonus here, too. Turns out, ...

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News bytes: Diesel prices, Driving sans pants, Willie’s Place to be Petro

Commodities speculation back in the spotlight  The commodities futures positions limits problem is back in the TV news via a series on liberal populist host Ed Schultz' "Ed Show" this week. The first spot in the series distilled the history of the elimination of position limits that I've written about some over the years, most recently in a discussion of the Griftopia book as oil/diesel prices continued their long rise, which began late last summer in ...

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Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

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Inbound/outbound: Trucking news Monday

Strange days on the road A New Jersey-based driver last Thursday jackknifed his rig under murky circumstances on I-805 during rush hour in San Diego, Calif. He then exited the cab, laid down on pavement just next to the center highway divider and, when police arrived, asked to speak to President Obama, reported Hailey Persinger of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Law enforcement reps noted he didn't say what he wanted to talk to the president ...

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