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Owner-operator takes delivery of first Lonestar Harley special edition

Twenty-year trucking veteran and current owner-operator Chris Hawker, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, took delivery in late October of the first Harley special edition of the International Lonestar Class 8 tractor (pictured). In a ceremony in Milwaukee, Wis., Hawker was presented the keys to the first production unit and launched on the "maiden voyage" in Navistar's new "Drive for Jobs" program; for each mile that Chris Hawker drives in his new LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition, Navistar ...

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From outside in: Top 10 things learned in a rig on the highway

Joan Duggan Connell (pictured) penned this lead letter in the Speakout department of this month's edition of Overdrive. While we had to run it in short form due to space limitations of the section, for my money its original form is worth some additional attention, likewise the unique character of its author. Connell's more an office type than a trucker, with 20-plus years under her belt as a paralegal and with various nonprofits. But last ...

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Latest stowaways in UK

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. The story -- headlined "Trucker's a-maize-ing find" -- is played for its shock value, hinging on the stunning photograph of one of the illegal immigrants, covered head to toe in starch and bound in handcuffs, but for my money its ...

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Trucking; the key to Afghanistan stabilization

At least economically, anyway -- such is the viewpoint of Washington Post defense correspondent, ForeignPolicy.com blogger and Fiasco author Tom Ricks, expressed in a relatively recent missive on the subject here, titled "Keep on Trucking, Afghanistan.""The key to economic reconstruction in Afghanistan," Ricks writes, "would be restoring its traditional role of carrying goods from South Asia (full of nice cheap consumer goods) to Central Asia (now featuring oil and gas revenues). To do this, the ...

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I-80 tolls in PA: Third time’s a charm?

News surfaced last week that Pennsylvania had once again applied for federal approval to add tolls to I-80 within the state's borders under a pilot program for tolling existing interstates (as a means of road funding when all other options for road rehabilitation were exhausted). The Pennsylvania Fifth District congressional seat, formerly occupied by John Peterson (pictured, flanked by OOIDA members at a 2007 rally in Harrisburg, Pa., on the state capitol steps after the ...

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Klos Custom Trucks photo book

It makes a great coffetable book at "280 photos splashed across 112 glossy pages," says photographer Robbie "Dingo" Rose, whom we've written about in this hall previously (you'll remember this post about Dingo's YouTube resume shot to further his down-under trucking career). These days he drives for McColl's Transport in the Australian state of Victoria, and the Klos Custom Trucks shop is based there as well in Geelong. Klos might best be dubbed the "Chrome ...

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Channel 19

Lending a helping rig   In Overdrive’s home base of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in September, truckers pitched in to help police foil a suicide attempt. As a man stood on the ledge of the I-20/59 bridge over McFarland Boulevard, police enlisted haulers with van trailers to build a platform under the bridge. A gallery of Tuscaloosa News photos (tuscaloosanews.com, search “Interstate standoff”) show, among other images, police unrolling an inflatable catch device atop two vans. The man ended ...

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Dollars and Sense: Call a Business Meeting

When was the last time you have a business meeting with yourself?

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

The HOS shuffle needs to end

Looks like the feds plan to rewrite the hours-of-service rule for what seems like the 10th time this decade. Of course, that's not exactly the case, but between all the lawsuits and all the tweaking, it is getting old. This reconsideration looks to have a major impact on trucking with the possibile elimination of the 11th hour of driving and the possible end of the 34-hour reset period. Regardless of what the new rule turns out to be, ...

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Chalk it up as a decent quarter

There was a mixed bag of trucking-related economic reports Friday, though the good seems to outweigh the bad. The American Truck Dealers, citing trade press reports, notes that third-quarter earnings reports from fleets show freight volumes appear to be rising, though revenues aren’t keeping pace. Also, U.S. truck tonnage fell 7.3 percent in September from the same month last year. That’s not good news unless you consider that it was the best year-to-year monthly showing since ...

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