Hammer Lane http://fleetowner.com/blog/25201/feed David Cullen offers his take on how truck fleet owners are impacted by today’s current events. Follow David on Twitter: @David_L_Cullen en Touching more than trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/touching-more-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A straightforward-- and fun-- fundraising and public-awareness event conducted this autumn by an industry supplier was so successful out of the gate that it is hoped it will serve as a template for putting on similar happenings across the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes&rdquo; was hosted by <a href="http://www.bestpass.com/">Bestpass, Inc.</a> on Sept. 27th, in New York&rsquo;s capital city, Albany, in partnership with the <a href="http://www.nytrucks.org/">New York State Motor Truck Assn.</a> (NYSMTA).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/touching-more-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/touching-more-trucks#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:03:00 +0000 138521 at http://fleetowner.com Bulldog leashes Blimps http://fleetowner.com/blog/bulldog-leashes-blimps <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Determining that its newer and larger <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/10/airships/100607/">airships</a> would be better served tethered to a specialized truck when not in the air-- rather than moored to the ground as had been its earlier <a href="http://www.goodyearblimp.com/">Blimps</a>-- <a href="http://www.goodyear.com/">Goodyear</a> turned to<a href="http://www.macktrucks.com/"> Mack</a> to build a specialized truck to handle the unique and critical job.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/bulldog-leashes-blimps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bulldog-leashes-blimps#comments Hammer Lane Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:52:00 +0000 137161 at http://fleetowner.com Paccar-VW: The rumor that wasn’t http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Germany&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/homepage.html">Volkswagen AG </a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/03/us-volkswagen-paccar-bernhard-idUSKBN0F809C20140703">denied weeks ago that it was planning a rumored run</a> at <a href="http://www.paccar.com/">Paccar Inc.</a>, but only yesterday did the parent of <a href="http://www.kenworth.com/">Kenworth</a> and <a href="http://www.peterbilt.com/">Peterbilt</a> <a href="wsj.com/articles/paccar-ceo-no-merger-talks-with-volkswagen-1406655684">officially squash talk of such a merger</a>, a</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/paccar-vw-rumor-wasn-t#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:00 +0000 132191 at http://fleetowner.com <p><em><strong>Paccar in Europe:</strong> Flagship of the OEM&#39;s DAF truck unit is the new <a href="http://www.daf.com/products/euro-6-range/daf-xf-euro-6">XF long-haul tractor</a>. Powered by Paccar&#39;s new Euro 6 emissions-certified 12.9L MX-13 and&nbsp; 10.8L MX-11 diesels, it boasts an all-new chassis, a new exterior design and a &#39;renewed&#39; interior</em></p> The most beautiful curve http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong><em>&quot;The most beautiful curve is a rising sales graph.&quot;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>--Raymond Loewy (1893-1986)</strong></p> <p>If everyone views trucks merely as machines highly engineered to accomplish very specific tasks, then why does anyone care what they look like?</p> <p>I think it&rsquo;s safe to say most of us would agree that commercial vehicles, from pickups to heavy haulers, are remarkably more &ldquo;good looking&rdquo;-- especially when on the go&mdash; than they were only a generation ago.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/most-beautiful-curve#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:31:00 +0000 131841 at http://fleetowner.com Big haul for a traveling show http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transitcommercial/">A 2015 Ford Transit full-size van</a> has joined the cast of <a href="http://www.history.com/">The History Channel&rsquo;s</a> <strong><a href="http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/videos?mkwid=sYnumxynT|dc_pcrid_38363890038_pkw_american%20pickers_pmt_e&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_term=american%20pickers&amp;utm_campaign=G_American+Pickers&amp;paidlink=1&amp;cmpid=PaidSearch_google_G_American+Pickers_american%20pickers&amp;gclid=CLbfneW-mr8CFcdFMgod1DQA1g"><em>American Pickers</em></a></strong> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-haul-traveling-show#comments Hammer Lane Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:44:00 +0000 129561 at http://fleetowner.com Where racing is a win-win http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Captured at rest by your intrepid reporter during a &ldquo;race-fan day&rdquo; held mid-week at <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/meritor-tech-customer-s-sake">Meritor&rsquo;s Cameri axle manufacturing and engineering facility in northern Italy</a> is a pair of high-powered European race trucks.</p> <p>These and other heavy-duty racers thrilled employees and their families throughout the sunny late-May afternoon with their fairly high-speed runs around the Cameri campus.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-racing-win-win#comments Hammer Lane Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 128791 at http://fleetowner.com The Cantor effect http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/11/house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-loses-virginia-gop-primary-ap-reports/">The thorough thrashing at the polls</a> (11 percentage points) that will turn out of office the second-highest ranking Republican in the House will rank as a monumental political upset in the history books.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cantor-effect#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 128091 at http://fleetowner.com Green vs. Green: Winners but no Losers http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>That trucking is greening ever faster was exceedingly evident to me while in Indy&nbsp; attending numerous news conferences and taking in a dizzying array of booth displays promoting the environmental bona fides of all sorts of truck equipment at the annual NTEA Work Truck and its accompanying Green Truck Summit.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:38:00 +0000 120011 at http://fleetowner.com Buying time http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the recent spate of good economic news, David Nitzsche, vp-- Supply Management for <strong><a href="http://www.ameriquestcorp.com/">AmeriQuest </a></strong>Business Services, cautions fleet owners that the long-term outlook is &ldquo;still hazy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Therefore, he recommends that &ldquo;the right thing for a fleet manager to do now is to maintain a &lsquo;world view&rsquo; of current economic conditions and trends.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time#comments Fleet Management Hammer Lane News Hammer Lane Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:34:00 +0000 117431 at http://fleetowner.com The One in Indiana http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> While in Columbus, IN, last month for the rollout of <a href="http://www.cummins.com/cmi/">Cummins Inc.&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp; <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/updated-cummins-aims-put-diesel-more-market-segments">ISV5.0 5L V8 diesel,</a> I was once again struck by the architectural wonderland that is the engine maker&rsquo;s hometown.</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve been to that tidy little city, located roughly midway between Indianapolis and Louisville, quite a few times over my career.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00:00 +0000 109921 at http://fleetowner.com