Interesting Industry Tidbits

Paterson, who’s sponsored by IdleAire, provider of truck stop in-cab utilities, is working on his first video and performs all over the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.gmpaterson.com.

SINGING ON THE EDGE

Million-miler and 10-year trucking veteran GM Paterson’s debut CD, Overdrive, clearly comes from someone who’s spent time behind the wheel.

“Most of the songs relate to my life on the road and my observations,” says Paterson, who performed at Overdrive magazine’s Pride & Polish truck show at the Great American Trucking Show. “And they’re songs you can listen to while rolling down the road in overdrive.”

Paterson calls his high-energy sound and catchy lyrics “country with a rock edge.” Raised in Sadbury, Ontario, he was inspired by his mother’s idol, Elvis Presley, along with Tim McGraw, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Paterson, who’s sponsored by IdleAire, provider of truck stop in-cab utilities, is working on his first video and performs all over the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.gmpaterson.com.



NO SHOWER COUPON NEEDED

Envious of the fancy rig with its own shower? Well, don’t be. For a much smaller investment, you can clean up with No-Rinse Bathing Wipes and Shampoo. Truckers are one of the customer groups No Rinse Laboratories hopes to sell to.



IF IT MEOWS, A TRUCK BROUGHT IT

A Siamese cat garnered more than its 15 minutes of fame after hitching a 400-mile, non-stop ride from Indianapolis, to Sedalia, Mo., on an 8-inch beam under a tractor-trailer. “Indy,” as the cat came to be known in local newspaper stories, was put up for adoption.
Mary Alice Flores arrived three hours early to be first in line at the animal shelter. “I had to have it just because of the fact it’s Siamese and of course because it rode 400 miles,” she told The Sedalia Democrat.. “That’s actually a miracle, and the fact I got here and there wasn’t anyone else, I know this cat’s meant for me.”



TOOLS OF THE TRADE

“It would surprise you how many times some agencies let these guys go after a traffic stop, even though they had burglary tools and other obvious signs they were about to conduct a theft.”

– Florida Detective Hugo Gomez, of the Tactical Operations Multi-agency Cargo Anti-Theft Squad (TOMCATS), the nation’s largest cargo-theft task force



CASH HAULER

“There were no police to give the cash to, and I wasn’t going to give it to the Americans, so I decided to come back to my country with the money.”

– Egyptian trucker seized by Egyptian customs officials after leaving Iraq with $400,000 cash, which he said he found in Baghdad. He eventually was released – empty-handed

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