Readers Remember

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.

Travels with a king of the road

November 3, 2011

Bandit is an enthusiastic ride-along pet, says Angela Duval in her Best Dog Story contest entry.

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.

Tasha and the inflatable mattress

September 23, 2011

In OverdriveRetro's dog story contest, Bruce Wieser writes about his loyal German shorthaired pointer.

Working at the heart of a movement

September 16, 2011

Former Overdrive receptionist Bonnie Robinson recalls turmoil and fun times at magazine in the early 1970s.

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.

‘My ears are still ringing from that little 318-hp Detroit’

September 12, 2011

Todd Cain of Six Mile, S.C., remembers his first truck rides 40 years ago with his dad.

A night run and a lifeline

June 30, 2011

Orphan John Brodnax eventually escaped troubled times and, inspired by his foster father, became a trucker.

‘I was bitten by the truckin’ bug’

June 17, 2011

Owner-operator Gordon Alkire is still trucking after 40 years in a stint that started as pure fun.

From knee-high in a Kenworth to hauling oversized loads

May 5, 2011

Doug Beutler recalls how he fell in love (with trucking) behind the wheel of a 1978 Kenworth.

A Brownie, a baseball bat and a carload of lumpers

April 1, 2011

Truck photographer Robert Ward describes his part-time work as a teen at Harlan's Triangle Truckport in Davenport, Iowa.

Company owner: ‘Born in a truck’

February 18, 2011

Patrick Montgomery was inspired by Overdrive's Wreckers of the Month years before he started Happy Hooker Towing.

A produce hauler’s legacy: ‘Best job I ever hated’

February 10, 2011

Floridian Ed Kimball created a family legacy when he hauled bananas from the Sunshine state in the 1950s.

Al’s truck stop among the wildest

January 19, 2011

Owner-operator John Stewart, a resident of Visalia, Calif., recalls a few of his favorite truck stops in his 48 years trucking.

Daughter’s photos a treasure trove of a trucking life

December 9, 2010

New Jersey native Cindy Cadiente appreciates her trucking heritage as the daughter of a former Independent Truckers Association president, a one-time trucking advocacy group.

‘One tough lady’

November 19, 2010

Former long-haul trucker Ellen B. Hill, of Valencia, Pa., shares fond memories of her days on the road.

‘Early diesels were a big step up’

October 28, 2010

Owner-operator Les Wilderman, of Williams, Ariz., has been trucking since the early 1950s and recalls the days when having a block to put behind the wheels for emergency braking was a necessity.

An old-school rig runs strong

October 25, 2010

Mike Long's 1979 IH Transtar 4070B fits his style. "I am hardcore old days," says the 40-year-old owner-operator.

‘We had to reach through the steering wheel to make a shift’

September 27, 2010

Owner-operator Bob Ciaccia, of Conshohocken, Pa., recalls driving B model Macks with a duplex or a triplex tranny and other aspects of trucking in the 1970s.

The Lady in White

September 27, 2010

Truckers gave nurse Ellen Hill the handle, The Lady in White, well before she earned her CDL.

When the Interstate was built

September 27, 2010

"I'd ride my bike a short ways from our house to sit on a hill and watch those yellow bulldozers and machines knock down houses."
More From Overdrive