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55 and counting Kansas City-based Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. is celebrating its 55th anniversary this month and plans to celebrate with sales promotions, open houses and giveaways. The used truck firm launched in April 1950 on a small lot in Kansas City, MO by the legendary Jerry Nerman and the late Melvin Spitcaufsky. Our first purchase was eight trucks and cars from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

55 and counting

Kansas City-based Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. is celebrating its 55th anniversary this month and plans to celebrate with sales promotions, open houses and giveaways.

The used truck firm launched in April 1950 on a small lot in Kansas City, MO by the legendary Jerry Nerman and the late Melvin Spitcaufsky. “Our first purchase was eight trucks and cars from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” recalls co-founder and chairman emeritus Nerman. “I remember we had to roll some of them down a hill to get them started, because we didn't own any jumper cables yet.”

Now part of the Volvo Group of companies, Arrow has 19 retail locations for used medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. and Canada.

Stylin' in sunshine

This year, Shell's Rotella SuperRigs truck beauty contest will be held June 9, 10 and 11 at the 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood, FL Entrants will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes-and 12 lucky truckers will be selected to appear on the 2006 Rotella SuperRigs calendar.

A total of 18 working trucks will receive awards in Best of Show, Tractor, Tractor/Trailer Combination and Classic categories. A panel of celebrity judges will score the rigs on exterior appearance, design, detail/finish, originality, and workmanship. Judging takes about 20 minutes and contestants don't even have to be present to win. Presumably, some of them will be off somewhere running their other working trucks.

“We're looking for this year's event to be our biggest ever,” says Scott Harvey, installed channel manager for Shell Lubricants. For more info, go www.rotella.com.

“We're working very hard to convince our customers that pre-buying trucks leading up to the implementation of the U.S. 2007 emissions regulations is not necessary… we're confident our ‘07 technology featuring high-performance EGR provides an optimum solution for our customers.”
— Paul Vikner, president & CEO, Mack Trucks Inc.

Not for Cub Scouts only

The Council of Fleet Specialists (CFS) has released the official rules for the first “CFS 18 Wheel Pinewood Challenge,” a Cub Scout-style “Pinewood Derby” with a twist — 18 of them. The race will be a feature of the group's 2005 Executive Conference this month in Kansas City.

“We thought that this would be a great way to bring a little friendly competition to all of the participants,” notes CFS president Frank Szabo of Ohio Diesel Fleet Supply.

Each racer starts as a 4"× 4" piece of pine fencepost and specs are fairly simple:

Maximum GVW: 4.0 lbs.
Maximum Length: 20 in.
Maximum Width: 3.5 inches
Wheels: Official Boy Scout Approved. And 18 of them.
Propulsion: Gravity

Reefer madness

A rig stopped by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) officers last month was found to be carrying 700 lbs. of marijuana, valued at approximately $1.1 million, said KVE, making it one of the agency's biggest drug hauls ever.

The tractor-trailer was stopped at a weigh station off I-65 in Simpson County for a violation when KVE officers found the marijuana in several boxes not documented on the driver's papers. The driver, who did not have a CDL, was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana and operating without a CDL among other offenses.

“This seizure shows just how valuable our Vehicle Enforcement Officers are,” said KVE Commissioner Greg Howard.

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