Tag: Mike Parkhurst
'Bandit' lives on as a classic trucking movie
As the movie debuted, the May 1977 Overdrive highlighted the magazine’s involvement in 'Smokey and the Bandit,' notably the inclusion of a truck race banner bearing its name.
May 24, 2021
Memories: An Overdrive model, splurging on ice cream and a forgotten profile of founding firebrand Mike Parkhurst
The grandson of the "first trucking boss" of Mike Parkhurst recollects memories of the Overdrive magazine founder. Learn more about Parkhurst on Overdrive.
January 23, 2020
1970s, 2010s trucking parallels, and: Hauling away (or into) the headaches with a cargo van
In this edition of Overdrive Radio find audio from part of Max Heine’s talk with John Strong about his memories of the 1970s and beyond, and more from my own sit-down with Load One’s John Elliott, about headache boxes checked by the cargo van hauling niche in expediting — not without its significant challenges…
March 8, 2019
Rearview: Overdrive takes on the Teamsters
From the early 1960s to the early ’80s, rarely did an issue of Overdrive leave the printer without one or more articles accusing the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters of widespread corruption, misuse of truckers’ dues and violent bullying tactics aimed at its detractors.
August 3, 2016
A '70s film at Overdrive's diesel drag races, and a 'Back in Time' tour
In 2016, a late-1970s short film on U.S. trucking, via Overdrive’s Englishtown, New Jersey, truck drag racing event, provided a clear window back in time, including a glimpse of Overdrive’s founder. This 60th-anniversary special takes you there ...
May 19, 2016
Mike Parkhurst’s legacy of reform
Today’s owner-operators have him and other leaders, as well as thousands of drivers who followed them, to thank for today’s ease of entry to the industry. No one should take for granted the freedom to compete with no restrictions on lanes, rates, areas of operation or freight.
August 5, 2014
Overdrive founder ‘spent his entire life trying to better’ trucking
Mike Parkhurst’s friends say they will remember Overdrive’s founder and longtime editor for championing deregulation and the cause of the owner-operator. Also, a roundup of reader reactions to Parkhurst’s passing.
July 29, 2014
Roadmansion photo gallery, background from founder Mike Parkhurst
Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Roadmansion hotel in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, was one of them when this story originally aired in 2014. Founder Mike Parkhurst also recalled two years of operation in the late 60s.
July 16, 2014
C.O. Bruce Trucking — classic trucks through the decades
Photos and more from longtime owner-operator C.O. Bruce’s and his 1960s visit to Overdrive offices in Los Angeles.
January 30, 2014
Interesting and odd parts of trucking, truck gauges, truck gallery and many more industry news items are featured.
November 1, 2011
Former Overdrive editor, actor Charles Napier passes on
Character actor and former Overdrive editor Charles Napier passed away at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Napier’s perhaps best known for his role as one of the Good Old Boys in the Blues Brothers film as well as an intelligence officer in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Rambo: First Blood Part II. […]
October 7, 2011
Breaking Free: The history of the owner-operator in trucking
From fighting for freedom to haul in its early days to stressing smart business practices later, Overdrive has championed the owner-operator’s concerns. Here, a history of owner-op business, from 1960-2011, with a special request for you.
September 1, 2011
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