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  • RoadKing Mag
    Recording History

    In 1782, barely six years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington gave three members of his fighting troops a special “Badge of Military Merit,” a purple-colored heart-shaped award. Two hundred years later,...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Hooked On Classics

    Jim Duckworth pensively twirls the brass blade on a paint-flecked, treble-hooked Hendrix Spinner that was manufactured in 1874 and lets his mind wander. “I try to imagine the person who used this lure over 130 years ago,”...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Early Birds

    The distant honk of a Canada goose snapped us out of our early-morning lull. Four of us were still scattering decoys in the short grass around our blind; the sun was still below the horizon. We certainly...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Fun & Games

    I used to be a beekeeper. We had our own semi and 10-wheeler for the business. Hauling bees was only a small part of the job, but important. It’s basically like hauling livestock. You have to keep...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Eastern Savings Time

    Traveling the I-95 Corridor, the main highway on the East Coast, is always a challenge. Stretching 1,917 miles from Florida to Maine, it serves some of the most populated urban areas in the U.S., including Miami, Washington,...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Clearing the Road

    Tired of getting stuck in traffic? So are a lot of people all over the world. Finally somebody decided to ask for help. A plea for solutions to the traffic jams we all see was sweetened with...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Calm Pilot

    The highways could certainly use less road rage, drowsy driving and distracted driving. Throw into the mix a way to relieve tight shoulder and neck muscles and generally diminish the stress of being behind the wheel and...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Hang Up and Drive

    When a four-wheeler slows down, speeds up and drifts in and out of their lane, you are almost guaranteed to find the driver yakking on a cellphone or vigorously tapping out a text message. Technology has made...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Fond Farewell

    Mickey Gwillim is a show trucker. He and his brother Scott operate Gwillim Trucking, Inc., a third generation family operation founded in 1936 and based in Carlinville, Ill. They have a championship show truck: a lime green...

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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  • RoadKing Mag
    Plug Ugly

    A dozen or so years ago, at a meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), I helped organize a panel discussion about sleeper cabs. I brought three owner-operators for a dialogue with truck builders’ cab engineers....

    • Posted September 1, 2009
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