Years Ago Highlights
February 7, 2012
Former owner-operator Doug Fetterly, of Thousand Islands, N.Y., has shown classic trucks and cars for nearly 40 years.
January 11, 2012
The Best Dog Story contest winners receive prizes commemorating Overdrive's golden anniversary in honor of in-cab pets' place in trucking history.
January 4, 2012
One trip down memory lane is especially bumpy for owner-operator and trucking radio host Big Al Weekley.
December 14, 2011
The Lady made three. The theft of his truck, trailer and in-cab companion dog was overwhelming for owner-operator L.J. Doig.
December 6, 2011
Maurice Bourne had a teenage love affair with Ford flatbeds in the early 1950s.
December 4, 2011
Bluefield Daily Telegraph Senior Editor Bill Archer gained wisdom as a decade-long steel hauler.
November 30, 2011
"Road Gang" radio show creator Charlie Douglas died Thanksgiving Day. Early night-time audiences revered the velvet-voiced DJ.
November 9, 2011
Frank Mapstone paid tribute to Vietnam veterans, he among them, with his truck Bad Moon Rising, a 1988 Autocar Model AT.
October 28, 2011
Robby Gaines describes making truck replicas from two sources of inspiration: his grandad and Overdrive magazine.
October 20, 2011
On a routine haul, Overdrive's 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford stopped to inspect a bundle on the road and found a friend for life.
October 12, 2011
Old Times Trucks Editor Shirley Sponholtz shares her views about the importance of antiques.
October 6, 2011
Bob Benton's rebuilt 1968 Peterbilt had as many or more adventures as its beloved namesake.
September 29, 2011
Bonnie Weekley, wife of trucker and radio host Big Al Weekley, writes about an unusually fluffy border collie who unwittingly disperses a lot of good will.
September 13, 2011
Bill Starnes' trip from Texas in 1949 is believed to be the first made from the Lone Star State to North Carolina, says Old Times Trucks magazine.
September 8, 2011
Ulysses Solomon, "U.S,". Archer Marvel comic book figure in the early '80s may be unique among the genre as a super-hero trucker who pulled for the good guys on highways.
September 1, 2011
To enter OverdriveRetro's Best Dog Story Contest, send an essay about your favorite dog and a photo of your pet to Lucinda Coulter at LCoulter@rrpub.com, or mail a print copy to her at Overdrive magazine, 3200 Rice Mine Rd. N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. The deadline is ...
August 30, 2011
The 2012 Owner-operator of the Year Contest, a TCA and Overdrive team effort, is taking nominations through Sept 15.
August 23, 2011
Readers chose Bill and Johnny Culver's Peterbilt, Tonight We Ride, as their favorite at the 2005 Pride & Polish truck beauty contest in Louisville, Ky.
August 19, 2011
Overdrive's May 1975 CB Section cover featured Fanon-Courier's Redball 23-channel mobile designed for the long-haul trucker.
August 12, 2011
Lynda Wiesmeier posed for Overdrive in the early 1980s only shortly before she made her debut in Playboy.
August 9, 2011
Phantom Truck No. 1 was a late '60s-era Mack and appeared as a promo for the film "Moonfire" on an Overdrive cover.
July 28, 2011
White's Truck Stop once advertised as the South's largest modern mom-and-pop truck stop, with a nod to its CB radio repairmen.
July 22, 2011
Women with careers in trucking have increasingly become part of a national discussion on the topic.
July 15, 2011
Before TV's Comedy Central made a stand on irreverence, Overdrive magazine's satiric cartoons filled the bill for truckers in the 1960s and '70s.
July 6, 2011
Jerry Malone's "Super Boss" racing truck was emblazoned in red, white and blue and loaded with power for the nation's Bicentennial in 1976.
July 1, 2011
A fresh-faced baton twirler represented the spirit of American independence on Overdrive's July 1973 cover.
June 24, 2011
Owner-operators Gary and Deb Miller hauled honey bees in a lavender truck, whose chromed-out beauty tickled them pink.
June 17, 2011
In a media spotlight, Ron Ford hauled J.J. the gray whale from Sea World to get her home safely to the Pacific Ocean 13 years ago.
June 10, 2011
Harvey Eckart, a former Interstate Commerce Commission inspector and Mack truck history expert, remembers when the agency was regarded as a "big, bad boogeyman."
June 2, 2011
Overdrive's reporting on Alaska's haul roads, with its treachery and triumphs, started in 1963 with Hank Miller's account of the Alcan Highway.
May 27, 2011
Tom Gallo's stint as a Navy Seabee in Vietnam prepared him for a career in steel hauling.
May 20, 2011
Burt Reynolds' grip on a Citizens Band radio from a "Smokey and the Bandit" scene graced Overdrive's CB section in August 1977.
May 13, 2011
"Roll, Truck, Roll," composer Red Simpson and actor Charles Napier visited with truckers in 1972 on a special broadcast of KLAC's all-night trucking radio show.
May 5, 2011
Specialty Oil Co. driver Al Robertson stood straight and smiled like a new father for his photo aside the 1962 Jimmie, outfitted with 5-in. twin stacks and an 8V 71 diesel.
April 29, 2011
Rory Elston transformed a 1958 Wide-Track from what he dubbed as Frankenstein Freightliner to a "real sweetheart" for the February 1975 Overdrive.
April 21, 2011
The Holy Grail of Dodge Bighorns, Chrysler's 1973 prototype show truck, eventually made its way to a collector long known as Mr. Bighorn.
April 15, 2011
Regina Meredith added glamour, curves and polish to the Dodge Bighorn when she modeled for Chrysler Corp. in the mid 1970s.
April 8, 2011
Overdrive's 1972 favorite disc jockey contest highlighted trucking radio hosts, some of whom are still entertaining truckers over the air waves.
April 1, 2011
Robert Ward's photo essays in Overdrive's 1967 issues illustrate some of the 'workhorse' trucks of the 1940s and '50s.
March 25, 2011
Mike "Mustang" Crawford's dog, Fred, and many others featured in Overdrive share the trait of having been deeply loved by their trucker owners.
March 18, 2011
Overdrive celebrated the millennium with a 210-page January 2000 issue, which included a 3D viewer and specially designed 3D images.
March 11, 2011
Don Knotts, who made Barney Fife a TV legend, promoted Dodge's heavy-duty tilt cab diesel in Overdrive's May 1970 issue.
March 4, 2011
A GMC Astro hauled a national exhibit of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight, commemorating the moment when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
February 25, 2011
Former Overdrive model Carrie Shubert shares insight on men, women and social progress from her perspective as an accomplished psychic
February 18, 2011
Wreckers, replicas, dumps and small fleets that once garnered monthly Overdrive awards inspired truckers' career choices.
February 10, 2011
Ed Kimball inspired a produce hauling legacy across three generations and a tradition of safe driving for more than 50 years of hauls out of Florida.
February 4, 2011
Film director and stuntman Hal Needham, who worked with trucking extras in "Smokey and the Bandit," recalls an action-packed career in his memoir, "STUNTMAN."
January 21, 2011
Paul Goeppner, Overdrive's art director from 1966-1984, inspired both creative and corny captions in a reader's cartoon contest that awarded $50 in a monthly feature.
December 29, 2010
To Overdrive’s editors, Everett Allison’s 1968 Freightliner exemplified the professionalism of owner-operators.
December 3, 2010
Claude Akins, who portrayed a trucker in the 1974-75 TV series, "Movin' On," was empathetic to truckers' challenges.
November 23, 2010
Bruce Wieser wanted to inspire truckers when he painted a Native American chieftan on his Freightliner in the mid-1980s.
November 15, 2010
On its climb to stardom in 1973, the Bachman-Turner rock band found its handle inauspiciously one evening at a Canadian truck stop with a copy Overdrive.
November 8, 2010
Douglas Fetterly, of Thousand Islands, N.Y., was devoted to trucking even as a young man serving in Vietnam.
October 28, 2010
The Mass 10 Truck Stop near Auburn, Mass., provided a bunkhouse on the lake for truckers' rest and relaxation in the 1960s and '70s. Owner Gene Murphy was a sympathetic listener to many, Overdrive reports.
October 21, 2010
GM's Bison had grand plans with aerodynamic and fuel-saving features, all exhibited at the 1964 World's Fair Futurama. The futuristic prototype was never manufactured, but the GT-309 gas turbine powered later-model GM vehicles.
October 7, 2010
"The Trucker's Brain," printed in the February 1964 Overdrive, portrayed many of the obstacles truckers faced with cartoon lampoons and a face resembling Mad magazine's signature character Alfred E. Neuman.
September 13, 2010
Overdrive’s September 1975 issue speculated that the Mob had killed Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa. Reporter Jim Drinkhall covered the Teamsters activities closely because, as a strongly organized union, the group threatened independent truckers.
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