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YouTubing truckers hit NPR Charlotte station

Julie Rose of Charlotte, N.C., NPR affiliate WFAE.org (a voice I remember from my times south of the city in Rock Hill, S.C.) picked up on the phenomenon of the YouTube community of truck drivers with a story, available at the WFAE.org site this past Monday, that features some familiar faces. Among them was included good ol' Bobbie Boofay and Keys Truckers James and Jan McCarter, featured in Overdrive's September issue, but in the lead of the ...

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Trucking to the Bowl Championship Series

Five trucking sponsors have partnered to make possible a college football bowl game to be held on December 18 in Boise, Idaho, with a 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN. With the Truckload Carriers Association, broker organization the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the Healthy Trucking Association of America and Women in Trucking, uDrove, a provider of smartphone-centric trucking software, gives its name to the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. The game will the first under a new four-year relationship, ...

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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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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

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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