Years Ago Highlights

A classic trio

February 7, 2012

Former owner-operator Doug Fetterly, of Thousand Islands, N.Y., has shown classic trucks and cars for nearly 40 years.

Dog story winners tell tales of affection, loyalty

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.

The scenic route by heavy haul

January 4, 2012

One trip down memory lane is especially bumpy for owner-operator and trucking radio host Big Al Weekley.

Best Dog Story entry: Lady and the thief

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.

Growing up with a Texas bobtail

December 6, 2011

Maurice Bourne had a teenage love affair with Ford flatbeds in the early 1950s.

Columnist started out over the road

December 4, 2011

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Senior Editor Bill Archer gained wisdom as a decade-long steel hauler.

Radio legend Charlie Douglas dies at 78

November 30, 2011

"Road Gang" radio show creator Charlie Douglas died Thanksgiving Day. Early night-time audiences revered the velvet-voiced DJ.

American Autocar pays homage to Vietnam veterans

November 9, 2011

Frank Mapstone paid tribute to Vietnam veterans, he among them, with his truck Bad Moon Rising, a 1988 Autocar Model AT.

Miniature trucks for a bygone era

October 28, 2011

Robby Gaines describes making truck replicas from two sources of inspiration: his grandad and Overdrive magazine.

A girl named Fred

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.

Fans, friends shine around antique trucks

October 12, 2011

Old Times Trucks Editor Shirley Sponholtz shares her views about the importance of antiques.

Ol’ Yeller: An old truck revived

October 6, 2011

Bob Benton's rebuilt 1968 Peterbilt had as many or more adventures as its beloved namesake.

The secret is out!

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.

Bill Starnes and Texas tomatoes

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.

‘U.S.’ Archer conquered highways, Marvel Comics style

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.

Best Dog Story Contest: Rules and prizes

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, or mail a print copy to her at Overdrive magazine, 3200 Rice Mine Rd. N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. The deadline is ...

Driver contest has deep roots in trucking advocacy

August 30, 2011

The 2012 Owner-operator of the Year Contest, a TCA and Overdrive team effort, is taking nominations through Sept 15.

Simple elegance guided by faith wowed readers

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.

When CBs were breaking news

August 19, 2011

Overdrive's May 1975 CB Section cover featured Fanon-Courier's Redball 23-channel mobile designed for the long-haul trucker.

A Date Master advances to Playmate

August 12, 2011

Lynda Wiesmeier posed for Overdrive in the early 1980s only shortly before she made her debut in Playboy.

A Mack heads to the silver screen

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.

A truck stop from the past is still going strong

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.

Gals’ve come a long way, Guys

July 22, 2011

Women with careers in trucking have increasingly become part of a national discussion on the topic.

Artist lampooned the trucker’s life

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.

A ‘Super Boss’ of a show truck

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.

Fourth of July: A smile, a sparkle and a high step

July 1, 2011

A fresh-faced baton twirler represented the spirit of American independence on Overdrive's July 1973 cover.

A bee hauler’s glossed up honey

June 24, 2011

Owner-operators Gary and Deb Miller hauled honey bees in a lavender truck, whose chromed-out beauty tickled them pink.

A whale of a tale

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.

From ICC inspector to truck historian

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."

Tales of Alaska’s ice road hauls

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.

From Seabee to steel hauler

May 27, 2011

Tom Gallo's stint as a Navy Seabee in Vietnam prepared him for a career in steel hauling.

CBs and the Bandit

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.

Rolling with trucking culture

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.

Few outpaced his ’62 Jimmie

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.

A rare wide-track is restored into a ‘real sweetheart’

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.

A collector’s dream yields a gold beauty

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.

Beauty and the 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.

Loyal DJs made the ride easier: ‘A friend for life’

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.

Photographer revered trucking’s workhorses

April 1, 2011

Robert Ward's photo essays in Overdrive's 1967 issues illustrate some of the 'workhorse' trucks of the 1940s and '50s.

Team dogs: Four-footed friends make dependable partners

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.

Overdrive goes 3D

March 18, 2011

Overdrive celebrated the millennium with a 210-page January 2000 issue, which included a 3D viewer and specially designed 3D images.

Don stumps for Dodge

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.

A GMC Astro makes history with Apollo 11

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.

The soul in there

February 25, 2011

Former Overdrive model Carrie Shubert shares insight on men, women and social progress from her perspective as an accomplished psychic

Monthly awards, truck photos inspired careers

February 18, 2011

Wreckers, replicas, dumps and small fleets that once garnered monthly Overdrive awards inspired truckers' career choices.

Produce hauler’s safety appreciated

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.

Tales of ‘Smokey’ and stunts

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."

Caption contests once an artistic mainstay

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.

A rig ‘typical’ of independents

December 29, 2010

To Overdrive’s editors, Everett Allison’s 1968 Freightliner exemplified the professionalism of owner-operators.

From TVs ‘Movin’ On,’ a Christmas race, an actor’s insight

December 3, 2010

Claude Akins, who portrayed a trucker in the 1974-75 TV series, "Movin' On," was empathetic to truckers' challenges.

A mural inspires a cherished prize

November 23, 2010

Bruce Wieser wanted to inspire truckers when he painted a Native American chieftan on his Freightliner in the mid-1980s.

BTO inspired by Overdrive

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.

A Vietnam vet’s R Model Mack

November 8, 2010

Douglas Fetterly, of Thousand Islands, N.Y., was devoted to trucking even as a young man serving in Vietnam.

Mass 10: a driver’s oasis

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.

The Bison: still on the drawing board

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.

Inside a trucker’s tortured psyche

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.

When Teamsters were the villains

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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