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.

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.

‘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.

‘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 night run and a lifeline

June 30, 2011

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

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.

‘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.

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."

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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."

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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