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Roadmansion photo gallery, background from founder Mike Parkhurst

Overdrive founder Mike Parkhurst converted a Los Angeles home into the Overdrive Roadmansion, a hotel for truckers, in 1967.

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Louisiana sued over truck stop’s exemption to keep Tony the Tiger

The author of the Louisiana’s 2006 law prohibiting private ownership of big cats is suing the state over a new law that will allow Tony the Tiger to remain at his truck stop home.

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Poetry in photo captions? Yes, dump trailers too

We asked -- "What's with these two shiny trailer rears?" -- you told. The best among photo captions for a reader-submitted photo of some finely-polished dump trailers.

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Custom built: Independent’s drill hauling Pete

Independent owner-operator Randy Green of Lufkin, Texas, has his own company, A Team Heavy Haul, hauling mostly drilling rigs with his custom-built Peterbilt.

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Missing a day is out of the question

In which Wendy gets a direct hit by a sudden-onset migraine -- or is it the sandworm gnawing at her brain again?... "People don't seem to understand that long haul truckers can't miss “just a day” of work. They miss an entire trip..."

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Driver helps motorist whose car collided with a deer

Gary de Vos has been named the latest Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association after he helped a man whose car had been in a serious accident after his car hit a deer on the highway.

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Overdrive’s Roadmansion: A fancy driver’s oasis in 1967

Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Overdrive Roadmansion in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, is one of them. He contacted us recently to see if we had any information on the house, which provided lodging and amenities to drivers. Nickel recalled staying there during, he believes, 1967. He had a dedicated route with Kansas-based Tip Top Dairy Products running between Kansas and Los Angeles. He was lacking a return load one day, ...

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Mack steals show on the red carpet

At this year's Much Music Video Awards, Canadian hip-hop rockers Down With Webster emerged on the awards-show red carpet from a Mack Pinnacle Rawhide Edition with a 70-inch mid-rise sleeper.

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‘America respected and loved truckers a lot more back then’

Six-million-mile man Gregg Blair, now retired, remembers a long career.

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Keeping it old school: ’02 Peterbilt 379

Rick Meijer, an Orono, Ontario, native, owns this 2002 Peterbilt 379, which is powered by a 550-hp Cat and 18-speed transmission.

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