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‘BlackGold’ scale memorial Mack, Cecil Spurlock’s son and family’s tribute to the Kentucky coal hauler

The 1/25th scale model of Spurlock's 1981 Mack DM 800 coal hauler is their way of honoring his legacy. When Spurlock passed in 2012, says his son David, he was buried "with his Mack cap on his head, and a coal miner on his grave stone with a pick and shovel on his shoulder, showing where he came from."

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A few points on scoring better rates from owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford

Rutherford's take on rates, deadheading, "cheap freight," broker relationships and more.

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‘Gold trucks’ shined up, back on the haul

Why had it been so long since I'd heard from TMOG, LLC (that's for "These Trucks Are Made of Gold") independent owner-operator Howard Salmon? Turns out, he'd been off the road the last four months or so putting plenty of work into his vintage 1999 Kenworth W900. 

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Trucker Eugene Leptien’s custom-designed X50 flag mounts for trucks and more

Designed by a trucker in part for truckers, the X50 company has flag mounts for both trucks (on West Coast mirrors) and motorcycles (a two-piece mount, and the source for the majority of X50's orders to date), among other vehicles.

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Is ‘moving the hours finish line’ the right tack for change?

Owner-op Gary Buchs on hours-change potential, including recent bills and petitions: "People regularly pontificate about how much better trucking was with the old 10/8 rules and more sleeper splits. I’d challenge these memories somewhat with a reminder that we still got tired, and that the working environment for trucking was very different." ...

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Amazon: The 800-pound gorilla still in need of a few good lumpers

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast edition tells the story of an Amazon load hauled by Gary and Ondena Caraway, whose fine print said 12-48 hours would be required for unload at the Edwardsville, Ill., facility. When that 48 hours turned into a week.... Well, let's just say they were not happy indeed....

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Rise of the ‘shipper of choice’ phrase, particularly when it involves truck parking

In addition to the case of shipper Unilever’s Newville, Pa., facility, which I wrote briefly about last week, there are plenty other shippers and receivers who do make parking options available to drivers when space allows. At once, they’re hardly the norm, yet attention to parking issues is growing in the ELD mandate's wake.

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Faces of the Road: Mary Gauthier and her new record of songs written with military veterans

How "Mercy Now" folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier came to pen the 11 tracks on her new "Rifles and Rosary Beads" record working with military veterans as cowriters, the latest in "Long Haul Paul" Marhoefer's "Faces of the Road" series.

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Working remotely as an owner-operator — autonomous remote-pilot test driver profiled

Ex-owner-op Jeff Runions today is working as a "test driver" for the San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics tech start-up, whose remote-pilot exploits in the "autonomous trucks" realm have made news in recent months.

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Truckers engage with FMCSA, work on follow-on petition for hours change to allow more sleeper splits

Remember that recently invoked saying about squeaky wheels? Some good emerged from the MATS session on hours that went off the rails, as several truckers pivoted with outreach to FMCSA, planning and taking part in meeting with officials about hours of service revision potential.

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