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An old star shines coast-to-coast

Owner-operator Mike Long, a native of Marion, Ind., restored a 1979 IH Transtar 4070B six years ago. The Landstar Ranger contractor still drives it.

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Trucking’s newest competitor: Rail? Forget it. . . .

A new competitor in the freight market is emerging. We've written about them from time to time, of course, from all the attention the railroads are getting on Capitol Hill and on the airwaves to those nifty cargo bikes eating into local delivery drivers' payloads. Enter the pedestrian. The Super Power Pusher (pictured), say makers NuStar, Inc., "has the muscle to roll loads up to 150,000 lbs. If it rolls….we can move it."  The battery-powered pusher, all ...

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When the Midnight Cowboy changed his name

Renowned trucking DJ Bill Mack hadn’t planned on being a liaison between spouses when he went on the air decades ago, but he learned that when you open the phone line for truckers and their families, you never know what to expect.

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Allen Smith, others at Memphis Trucking Expo Oct. 23

It's a banner month for first-time trucking shows in my home state of Tennessee. After Nashville last week, not to be outdone, of course, is Memphis, the site of the first annual Memphis Trucking Expo, presented by the folks at Worldwide Transport and Permit Service. If you missed Jan McCarter and Doug Jones (pictured) in Nashville last week, tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 23) is your chance to see them live. What's more, unlike the Nashville show, the ...

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How much of your business goes to the trash?

The folks over 40mpg.org, the site of an advocacy organization working to make "40 miles per gallon the standard for all automobiles in the United States," makes note of recent automakers' trumpeting of operations changes making certain of their U.S. plants zero-waste facilities, most notably Subaru and Honda. Which sent my computational brain into immediate overdrive, no pun intended. Bear with me. In our home, my family probably produces in a month a single green-bin-type, rolling, city-street ...

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So you want a good deal on a low-mileage truck…

Sales of trucks, like everything else, slumped badly during the recession. Now there’s a shortage of used trucks in the sweet spot of four to five model years old, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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Novelist takes literary achievement to the truckstop

Beyond the spotlight of trucking industry news in July this year a novelist was hard at work promoting a book, her first, in which one of four main characters is a long-hauler turned local delivery driver struggling to maintain a connection to his son. What's more is where the writer was promoting the novel. Making three stops from July 23-39 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore., Barbara Richardson (pictured; not her truck) put down 1,750 ...

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Kandel Transport’s seasoned legacy

Owner-operator Richard Daniels started trucking in 1946 and retired as Kandel Transport Co. president in 1992. His son, Jack Daniels, grew the Akron, Ohio-based reefer carrier with his father's guidelines: "Flash has no place in a business owner's life."

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Belgium, Wis.

This is the trail that got me thinking about putting together a guide of trucker friendly trails. I have been stopping at the How Dea Truck Stop for more than 20 years. I had even run east about 3 miles to a state park along Lake Michigan. Then one day I was eating a large, unhealthy breakfast when I spotted truckin’ runner Steve Fiel doing the same thing. So, I suggested a post breakfast walk ...

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Nashville Rush Chrome & Class show winners

Friday I reported from the site of the first annual Chrome & Class Truck Show at the Nashville location of Rush Truck Centers just east-southeast of downtown in Smyrna. If you missed it, read about the first day at Nashville Rush, a story largely about the Eady family of truck owners/builders from Hillsboro, Ala., and their custom 1996 Peterbilt 379, built from the ground up by brothers Hayward and Hayden and run by their father, ...

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