Serving once more

Mack Trucks Inc. and its dealers have raised $150,00 for the USO (United Service Organization) and its programs that support U.S. armed forces personnel by auctioning six Mack trucks that had been loaned to New York City for the cleanup efforts at the site of the devastated World Trade Center. Each of the trucks provided six months of service at the scene of the worst act of terrorism in U.S. history.

A real highway

The official results are in for the Big Rig Div. in the 80th running of the fabled Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. Finishing first in a '98 Freightliner was Mike Ryan with a time of 13:21.4, followed by Bruce Canepa in a '99 Kenworth at 13:57.8 and Molly Morter in a '00 Sterling at 15:56.4.

Although finishing second overall to Ryan' single-screw tractor, Canepa set a new record on the hill for a twin-screw, surpassing his own record of a year ago.

LETTER OF THE MONTH

Thanks for the thoughtful “Two Way Flow” article (6/02). For one thing, I think you hit the nail on the head in describing “backward compatibility” as an “awkward engineering phrase.” Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants executives clearly agree. In introducing their new line of CI-4 compatible oils, Castrol chose to use the term, “progressive compatibility.” It may sound like mincing words, but it's intended to reflect a slightly different approach to the whole EGR issue
George Snyder
Freebairn & Co. representing
Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants

Busy as…

A busy rest stop on I-95 in Darien, CT, recently saw a swarm of unwelcome activity. According to a report in the Connecticut Post, on July 2nd, “hundreds if not thousands” of honeybees escaped the netting covering their hives on a truck after the load shifted. Soon after, police called in a state entomologist, Louis Magnarelli, to help. The paper reported Magnarelli said “care was taken” because bees “tend to be feisty on a hot, sunny, summer day.” Eventually, the driver got his load together and hit the road again, but left behind enough bees to keep a state agricultural inspector on hand into the evening “to make sure the wayward tourists did not harm anyone.” A honey of a tale, to be sure.

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