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Truck makers on leading edge

Paccar, Inc., maker of Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks, is singled out in the current edition of IndustryWeek magazine (story available here) for their achievements in the hybrid drivetrain space in commercial truck development and production. Both Peterbilt and Kenworth rolled out hybrids this year for pickup and delivery and regional haul, from Kenworth's T370 Class 7 model to Peterbilt's 367. Aside from a few hybrid SUVs that have been available in recent years, the story ...

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The old o’er-hasty all-clear

In a short surveillance video recently posted on Yahoo's Butterfinger Comedy Network, a group of men are denied their opportunity to close the doors on a dry van full of shopping carts at a loading dock. One long-expanding shopping cart accordion is the end result as the driver slowly mosies his rig prematurely away from the dock. Too bad you can't hear the discussion that follows, as two clearly crestfallen lumpers watch the drama (or ...

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Gear up and ride

Rockwood Products, the custom truck component manufacturer, and Nashville's Spec Records have teamed up to offer a compilation of fresh country and Southern rock tracks called ">Truckers Tracks, Vol. 1 (Saddle Up and Ride)." Among notable performers/writers on the CD is Johnny Neel, formerly of the Allman Brothers band.">This is an absolutely wonderful collection for truckers, families of truckers, country music lovers and Southern Rockers," said Michael Smith of Swampland Reviews. "It is a collection ...

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Ocean’s Eleven, anyone?

In last week's edition of the alternative newsweekly the Nashville Scene, one of the feature stories told the tale of an area long-hauler who, in a move somewhat reminiscent of the plot lines of certain Hollywood crook-as-ingenue-type flicks, attempted to sell two big-box casinos a major fix to a security problem. As writer Brantley Hargrove tells it, that long-hauler, Jeff Greer, of Parsons, Tenn., wasn't any sort of master hacker, though. He simply realized on ...

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A modest proposal

The state of California's Air Resources Board made headlines recently when proposals for new truck, bus and greenhouse-gas-emissions regulations were announced, posted to CARB's website and opened up for comment. "California has posted proposals online that, if passed, will impact more than 400,000 state-licensed trucks, 500,000 out-of-state trucks operating in California and more than a half-million trailers," Jill Dunn reported at eTrucker.com.Prospective commenters (the comment period ends Dec. 10) can visit the equipment reg proposals ...

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Guitar man, take 2

Cliff Douglas doesn’t call himself “Guitar Man” on the CB for nothing. The 49-year-old former long-haul driver, based near Vail, Colo. -- now a driver for the Colorado DOT -- this summer released a batch of inspired tracks on his “Truckin’ Country” CD (http://www.cliffdouglas.com/>). “I did love Jerry Reid,” he says of the famed “East Bound and Down” singer, who passed away Sept. 2 this year. “I got to see him at the Fresno, Calif., ...

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Just deserts for Brit TV personality

UK truckers get their revenge on BBC2 talk show host Jeremy Clarkson in a new computer game, out from Glasgow-based development company T-Enterprise. Clarkson, the host of auto-news show Top Gear, caused a stir of controversy among UK truckers this week after running a tractor-trailer through a brick wall for a stunt on the show. Trucking's a hard job, he said from the cab. "Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, ...

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Trucker for pres… excuse me, state assemblyman

Owner-operator Bill Ingram, leased to Meyer Bros. in Elk Mound, Wis., earlier this year transformed his 2001 Freightliner FLD (pictured) into a sort of campaign bus as part of his efforts to win the presidency of the United States. As with most such small independent runs, there was a YouTube video to go along with it. In the waning weeks of his campaign, after a smattering of stories in various publications around the country, including ...

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Joe the trucker?

While John McCain chose an aspirational plumber as his campaign's last prevailing symbol, he might have been better served by choosing a small-business owner-operator. Freight's down, credit's tight, and the independence most operators cherish is falling out of reach for many. Take Colorado trucker Brian Johnson, who ">didn't vote early because he was on the road," reported Denver's Rocky Mountain News yesterday. The newspaper spoke with Johnson outside Dry Creek Elementary School in Centennial after ...

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Necessary intervention

The 60 Minutes "Coming Home" segment Sunday concerned vets returning from overseas to find their jobs disappeared, in contravention of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA. Con-way Freight vice president Dave Miller was interviewed about the strain the company's support of its 50 called-up reservist and National Guard drivers and other employees puts on its books. Con-way driver Jeff Vineyard, too, was featured. Vineyard, sent to Iraq for a year ...

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