Dave brings 40 years of valuable and interesting experience in transportation, management, safety, business and compliance. Dave has driven in every condition across North America and overseas as military, policeman,company driver to an owner operator to transportation management. Now Publisher Editor of Canadian Trucking Magazine bringing you articles and entertainment in print and on the web. Join Dave on Face Book for real time updates. Meet Dave at the Truck Shows.
What an awesome start June has been for Transport! June 8th Glen and I headed to Lloydminster Ab for Tonyâ€™s Convoy for Hope with 51 trucks screaming down Hwy 16! When I say screaming I mean low speeds but horns gong and music rocking! If you have never taken part in a Convoy, boy are you missing out. If you donâ€™t have a truck you can be there and donate and take part and feel the excitement. Page 10 have a few pics but in the expanded web edition on the web site is every truck and more. This September is the Convoy in Winnipeg Mb or a City close to you, make sure to check out the CTM FB page and find one to sponsor and go to.
At the CTM TRUCK ~ BIKE ~ MUSCLE CAR ~ SHOW in Headingley MB August 4th, will be a sign up table for the Manitoba Convoy. Convoy for a Cure in Edmonton AB is always a great one and we will keep you posted. June also found us at the 2013 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championship. What a great day and event thanks to efforts of a committee of volunteers working year round to make this happen. Then the companies, sponsors and volunteers that show up to put legs on it. Most the competitors that go through a national course challenging thier driving skills in every way,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Mark August 4th 2013 ~ Headingley MB ~ CTM TRUCK~BIKE~MUSCLE CAR~SHOW
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The hardest thing for me is watching Howard McAfee and Ken Wiebe and wanting to cheer for both! I have know both for years and they take turns back and forth being the Grand Champion of the event. Never can tell till the dinner who has it this year. Howard took it this year as Grand champion pictured here with his awesome better half Teressa.What an arm full of trophies as both Howard and Ken always top thier own class as well! More on them on Page 43. In the center of the magazine is the Pet Page and a special picture of my friend Lyle and his awesome Daughter Leah. Pictured beside us is the entire family. Trucking has always been deep family based I think more than any other job out there. All those old trucking songs and new ones are always about family. Most of us, that is why we are out there putting our kids through school. Thatâ€™s what Lyle did, he drove, he warehoused,he brokered at the same time as raising a family with values, love and a father they really could look up too. That is why they fill a page of CTM as I am a better man for meeting Lyle. Another important note here, is to remember it is Grad season and these kids have more on thier minds then safety of a motor vehicle.So letâ€™s watch out for them and do the defensive driving we truckers are famous for and make sure thier mistake in a vehicle is not an unhappy outcome.
Now speaking of the Pet Page, it is awesome! Rowan and Doog cruise on the motorcycle and you can see Doog just loves it. Had to put that into the June Edition. Hope to see Rowan and Doog out at the CTM TRUCK~BIKE~MUSCLE CAR~ SHOW, as we expect a good turn out of bikes. Please be sure to show up with your trucks, 2 wheels and 4 wheels if you are in Winnipeg on the August long week-end. We will be set up right acrosss from the Headingley Scale at the RoadHouse.
Lucky us, not only did we get to see Carson Ruud pictured on page 10, but also his great Mom, Val the truckers Pal at the Dog in Regina. If you have never dropped in there on an evening and seen her service, you are missing what a lot of hosts at the Dogs do for us. Make us feel welcome and at home away from home. I don’t spend as much time on the road as I use to, but still go coast to coast, north and south, to have a first hand look at where our industry is at all times. I appreciate when you take the time to come up and give your opinions, good or bad, it builds our magazine here made for you the reader. That is why CTM tries to make all the important events acrosss Canada, because if you are there, we want to be there. I meet great people like Amanda from One Insurance who stepped up to contribute bottles of water for the Truck Driving Championships, picture to the right here. In the crossword puzzles is always people from the truck stops, I usually don’t label where they are from as I like to ask drivers on the road if they know. Did anyone notice the logo for the Road King Crome Shop on Page 3 bottom corner? Steve there is awesome, just starting out but can get you anything you want and at a competitive price without a big overhead to charge back on your purchases.
Val the Truckers Pal, Dog Regina
Next time you are through Cowtown, stop at the Road King, tell Steve you read about him and see what he can order you. Good thing about trucking you are in and out of places all the time, so why not get your truck needs at a price good for you. Well run out of room again and lots left to say, so flag me down at your next stop you see me and let’s chat! Hope you can make it out on the 4th, good times and great prizes, and free for all. Always remember, I would rather hear from you, than about you! Happy Trails....... Dave
By: Dawn Truell ~ CBS ~ Prison
Truck Driver J a m e s Postlethwaite, a 30year trucker with no criminal record, from North Va n c o u v e r was convicted of smuggling pot for the Hell’s Angels; he now faces 12 years in prison. His arrest was in Idaho in March of 2012 and he has been in custody ever since then. In May 2013 he received his sentencing, the U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said Postlethwaite "understood the size and scope of the conspiracy," and was responsible for smuggling vast quantities of marijuana into the United States, as well as smuggling cocaine into Canada. "Cocaine has had a devastating impact on the streets of Vancouver," and the defendant's actions contributed directly to that problem, Coughenour said. After investigation into this drug trafficking ring, which began back in May 2010, the U.S. Attorney said "the marijuana was obtained from Trevor Jones, a confirmed associate of the Hells Angels White Rock chapter, and smuggled across the Canadian border by various means. Using court authorized wiretaps, investigators with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security they were transporting and distributing up to 2,000 pounds of marijuana and up to 200 kilograms of cocaine every month. "Cash obtained from the sale of the marijuana was transferred to Southern California, where it was used to purchase large amounts of cocaine to be smuggled into Canada through the United States.
Trevor Jones was the ultimate customer for that cocaine," the report said. Jones’ twin brother Randy is a full-patch White Rock Hells Angels. Postlethwaite’s truck had a hidden compartment, which allowed him to transport as many as 95 loads of drugs across the border. During this investigation more than $2 million is cash and 136 kilograms of cocaine were seized. Truck driver Victor Orozco, 38, of Grandview, Washington, was indicted first week of May 2013 on charges of possession with intent to sell 6 pounds of heroin and 26 pounds methamphetamine that was found in his tractor-trailer hauling watermelons. He had the drugs wrapped in plastic in a duffel bag in his sleeping compartment; he now faces 10 years to life in prison and up to a $10 million fine. Truck driver Paul Anthony Simmons, 45, was arrested for possession of 3.9 tons of marijuana after being pulled over on a routine traffic stop in Texas. The marijuana worth $3.4 million was found in his tanker truck, it filled nearly the entire tanker, he is being held on $1 million bail. Cargo van in early May, 2013, during a traffic violation stop 2,300 pounds of marijuana were discovered, the van’s two occupants were arrested as well as a third person involved at a warehouse. Drug trafficking charges are currently pending against all three suspects as the investigation continues.
for drug smuggling, is the money â€˜reallyâ€™ worth it? Truck driver James Bruce Pyron Jr., hauling a load of pickles from McAllen to North Carolina was caught at the Falfurrias Border checkpoint with over 1,000 pounds of marijuana in his tractor-trailer. When agents noticed a major gap in between the time he went to pick up the produce at McAllen to the checkpoint they pulled him over; a drug smuggling dog alerted the agents to the back of the trailer. Pyron insisted the company had put the bolt seal on the back of the trailer, after questioning the company they said that they do not put locked seals on their trailers . Pyron later admitted to knowing that he was carrying the drugs and was going to be paid $7,000 to transport them to Houston before delivering the produce in North Carolina. Pyron said at the McAllen/Pharr area a man met with him to give him the trailer and directed him where to go. Pyron was taken to the Coastal Bend Detention Centre in Robstown for judicial proceedings. An investigation that began in June 2012 which targeted the activity of a gang known as the Dixon Bloods involving murder, drug trafficking and gun smuggling with connections as far west as Alberta from Ontario ended with a series of pre dawn raids on June 13, 2013.
From the Dixon road in the GTA to Windsor around 5 a.m. 39 highrisk police raids involving 42 tactical teams from 17 agencies ended in 19 arrests in Toronto, 9 arrests in Windsor, 19 warrants issued, 40 firearms seized, $3 million in narcotics seized and more than $572,000 in cash was seized. On another note, the U.S.A. is going through a lot of significant issues including as we all know, the recent terrorism attack in Boston, Massachusetts, therefore all borders southbound will be much more careful and time consuming with their inspection procedures so be warned and allow for the extra time.
Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services www.c-tpat-certified.com www.crossborderservices.org 905-973-9136.
Note from Dave! If you see suspicious activity,persons asking you for a ride across the border in your truck, a loose lipped driver talking about smuggling loads of weapons or drugs, do us all a favour and contact authorities. Try to get as much information as possible without becoming involved and shut these bad guys down!
CALL BORDER WATCH
Here comes Tony’s Convoy for Hope!
So good to see Carson Ruud there!
Finish Line from above!
Family, what trucking is all about, isn’t it!
TONY’S 4th Annual CONVOY FOR HOPE in Lloydminster AB was a big success with 51 trucks! See the videos on the CTM FB page and full coverage of every truck in the Expanded Web Edition of CTM!
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet, spins out after an incident the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.
Scott Steckly won the pole position for the EMCO 200 , Saturday, Canadian Tire Series At Delaware June 15th
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Head-turning loads found on uShip.com.
Over the past few years, Snortn’ Boar owner-operator Marc Springer has hauled some of the most head-turning loads found on uShip.com. And since he’s started appearing on A&E’s Shipping Wars last year, his loads have only gotten more diverse – some really challenging, some super heavy and some just plain cool. He recently sat down with CTM to look back on his top 10 coolest shipments of 2012.
Evel Knievel Truck When I was a kid, I thought Evil Knievel was the coolest. His deathdefying feats made him my one of my favorites, a legend, bigger than Elvis. When Evil’s 1974 original show truck and trailer came up for bid on uShip, I wanted to haul it at all costs. At 70-feet plus and 9-tons, and full of nostalgia, I was like a little kid while hauling this load.
Monster Truck Knowing me is to know my love of cool trucks. So, when a 1996 Chevy Monster Truck headed to MudFest in Louisiana came up for bid on an episode of Shipping Wars, nothing got in my way. This $50,000-$60,000 vehicle required a few permits to get it from state to state, but once I had a chance to take a ride, it was well worth the trip. And no, letting air out of the tires would NOT have helped! Watch it again and tell me why not! Dare ya!
Spire of Fire This load was 7,000 lbs of fire-breathing, steel-framed sculpture headed to a gigantic RAVE in New Jersey at Metlife Stadium. The shipment wasn’t without its problems, but as you may have seen on the Shipping Wars episode, I got it there on time. The coolest part was being able to fire up these five stories of flame. The builder and his crew were great guys – all firefighters.
Hand of Man Nothing makes me happier than an organization that wants to crush cancer – and when they needed me to haul their robotic hydraulic Hand of Man kinetic structure in the process, all the better. This bad boy could lift and crush cars, all in the name of raising money for cancer research. While I had some truck issues, I still got it delivered to Los Angeles.
Sheepsfoot Rollers While this load wasn’t the sexiest, it was certainly one of the heaviest. Had to have Ritchie Bros. keep one of them and make a second trip with another set for the same buyer. These sheepsfoot packer rollers, each weighing 12,000 lbs, travel behind bulldozers when constructing roads. The best part of this load was getting into the Canadian Rockies, near Grand Prairie, AB.
By Marc Springer of Snortn’ Boar Transport 1927 Caboose I love nostalgia as much as I do a challenge – and this 1927 wood caboose had both. This thing had no wheels, weighed 30,000 lbs. and was 42-feet in length – and frankly, was falling apart. I ended up taking the top off to meet height requirements for the 2,000 mile trip to Utah. At the end of the day, this was a real pain in my caboose.
Munson Boat One of the coolest water craft on the market is made by The William E. Munson Company just north of Seattle. On an episode of Shipping Wars, I hauled one of these welded aluminum boats. These high-speed landing craft are top of the line, with a price tag of $150,000. And this was a small one! The kicker on this load happened on delivery: the new owner was just 17.
Gyro Copter In itself, this gyro copter flying machine is a pretty cool load. But what made this particularly momentous was that it was the first thing I loaded on my new Landoll Trailer in Kansas. In fact, I got so excited about the trailer, I completely forgot to load the rotor blades of the copter. Fortunately, Landoll called me before I was too far down the road.
Two Army Tanks I landed two army tanks, the coolest of which was a 1988 British Scorpion Light Reconnaissance tank, often used in films. While these were fun loads, they were also heavy and did not run, requiring me to hire a crane to safely get them on my trailer. I also learned a few things about taking my rig backing through some round-a-bout in a small Pennsylvania town. Not at all designed for truck traffic!! What a day!
All the Best and be Safe and profitable out there!
Marc Springer Owner / Operator Snortn’ Boar Transport Providing Quality Transportation Throughout the US and Canada
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Freedom of the Road ~ By Sandy Long
For over 30 years, I have heard drivers speak of the freedom of the road and drivers likened to the old time cowboy. Asking one of those drivers to tell me what he/she was talking about, I would hear, “it is about working in the wide open spaces” or “I don’t have anyone looking over my shoulder.” I didn’t think too much about it, but never fully understood what they meant. Recently while working out my two-week notice, I got talking to a driver for a company I was interested in. When he asked me why I was leaving the company I was with, I told him I didn’t like being micromanaged. I was an experienced driver and didn’t need dispatch holding my hand, and I just wanted to be told where to pick up the load, where and when to deliver it, and then be left alone to do my job. He got a phone call and I had an epiphany, I finally understood. The concept of freedom of the road means different things to different people depending on when they started trucking. "Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired." - David Lloyd George To a driver who started in the industry in the last 15 years or so, freedom of the road means living with satellite communications, no daily phone call to dispatch and even on board computers that tell the driver when he/she needs to stop for the day. The computer monitors their speed, their location, gives them their dispatch, routes them and tells them where to fuel and how many gallons to put on.
To these drivers, freedom of the road is freedom from having to really think about the run or do much more than get the load picked up and delivered safely and on time. O l d hand drivers have a very different concept of freedom of the road, and yes, some like me don’t really understand that freedom until we lose it. Our freedom of the road consisted of being told where to pick up a load, where to take it and what time to be there, and then left alone other than a daily check call to dispatch and perhaps the broker. We were treated like professionals who knew how to route ourselves, figure out for ourselves where to stop to fuel within the company policies, when we needed to stop to take a nap, and we got the job done without being constantly monitored. Understanding the differences between the different concepts of freedom of the road helped me to understand why old time truckers have been likened to the old time cowboy. The old time cowboy was told by his boss to go check fence or round up cattle, and then he went out and did it without being checked on to see if he actually did the job. The cowboy’s boss just knew he would do the job and do it well; it was a point of cowboy honor. They didn’t have to be monitored constantly just like truckers didn’t used to be monitored; it was a point of trucker‘s honor.
Is there one freedom of the road concept better than the other concept? Perhaps not, but it depends on your perspective. To me, with my more liberal concept of freedom of the road, trying to adapt into a company who monitors their drivers constantly makes me feel smothered and off balance, while to a newer driver they would feel protected and free. “When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw a breath of self-respect.” -Adlai Stevenson Freedom of the road is how one perceives one’s self and how one looks at life. To me, freedom of the road is how I do my job to the best of my ability without total supervision, and in that lays my self-respect and my downfall. With the epiphany came the realization that I do not fit easily into the new concept of freedom of the road the newer drivers have and the companies now define. In trying to do so, I lost my inner light where freedom lives, my self-respect and my joy in trucking became dim. Guard your concept of freedom of the road; revel in it, enjoy it, love it, never let it go. It is who you are and what you do. It is the foundation of your career as a driver and a person; it is why you drive truck.
“Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost." - Jean Jacques Rousseau
Ya’ll be safe out there!
Sandy Long is a long time truck driver who is also very active within the trucking industry. She is a freelance writer for layover.com, a life member of OOIDA, member of the WIT and owner of two websites: Trailer Truckin’ Tech, a yahoo group dedicated to the education of new and prospective truck drivers and www.satinandsteelsisterhood.co m for women in non traditional jobs. Sandy welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manitoba 2013 Professional Truck Driver Awards!
Thank-you Mark for the great photographs from Ian Smart Photography!
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Editors Note; A big hank-you to the MTA and all the sponsors & volunteers that makes his such a great event each year! Most of all hanks to the competiors that come out and give the course a try. It makes it a great day for all involved. Hope to see you next year!
Robert “Bob” Kelly is Driver of the Year 2013 B.C.
On June 8, Robert “Bob” Kelly of Surrey received the 2013 B.C. Professional Driver of the Year award at the B.C. Trucking Association’s (BCTA’s) Annual Management Conference in Kelowna. Kelly was recognized for an exemplary record for safe driving and professionalism over 25 years with his current employer, Berry and Smith Trucking Ltd., as well as his record previously From left: Matt Berry, president of Berry and as owner of Kelly Towing in Hope. Smith Trucking Ltd., Karen and Bob Kelly, and Volvo Trucks Canada and BCTA sponsor the provincial driver of Terry Warkentin, of Volvo Trucks Canada. the year award annually to recognize Kelly enjoys helping other drivand promote safe driving among pro- ers with issues and information, includfessional drivers. Terry Warkentin of ing about transportation of dangerous Volvo Trucks Canada presented this goods – and even with directions. Kelly year's award is also a well-known source for the best In addition to excellent driving sights to see and places for Cajun food records, award winners have often distin- from Vancouver to Louisiana. guished themselves through service to Kelly married Karen in 1966, and their communities and acts of bravery. they began fostering children in 1967. To Born in 1945, Kelly first went to date, they have provided foster parent care work at the Douglas Lake cattle ranch in for more than 100 children. In addition to 1963, joined the army from 1964-1967, Tammi, Bob and Karen have a 13-year-old then graduated from the B.C. Vocational daughter, Stefani. School (the predecessor to the B.C. InstiWith Berry and Smith, Kelly has tute of Technology) in 1967. He appren- received numerous safe driving awards, the ticed and worked as a machinist, most recent in 2012. According to the comelectrician, and logging camp cook before pany, Kelly is the consummate professional starting a career in towing in 1969, includ- driver, with his strong work ethic, customer ing heavy towing from 1973-1987. service, commitment to safety and mainteAfter opening his company, nance, and positive attitude; he has been Kelly Towing, in Hope, he won awards an outstanding representative for the comfor towing in Canada and the U.S. and pany and the industry during his career. received citations and plaques from “Bob always has a smile on his the RCMP, BCAA and ICBC for his serv- face and a willingness to go above and ice to the community and involvement beyond to help others. in teams. If he doesn’t have an answer to a Kelly tackled complex and diffi- question, he’ll find it for you," said Matt cult work in towing, adding kindness to the Berry, Berry and Smith president. services he offered; he was known for "Bob’s motto is that if you are inviting stranded clients to stay in his going to do a job, it should be done right home while he fixed their vehicles. and to the best of your ability." Kelly began driving for Berry and Great Job Bob from CanaSmith Trucking as an owner-operator in dian trucking Magazine and our 1987. In 2011, he became a company 80,000+ readers a month! driver. He has taught a number of people You are truly an inspiration to drive trucks, including his daughter, Tammi, who now also works with Berry to all of us in transportation. and Smith.