COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — An old paint factory next to Interstate 95 in Virginia has the sort of understated appearance that belies what’s behind its walls: a seemingly endless wonderland of gleaming trucks and tractors and other collectibles.The sign outside says “Keystone Truck and Tractor Museum,” but you really can’t get a sense of the scope of the place until you step through the doors.“I’ve been there three times, and I keep taking friends there,” said Danny Pennell, a retired tractor-trailer driver who lives in Mechanicsville, and naturally has a particular interest in the restored “road trucks” on display. “It’s hard to see everything in one visit, the place is so massive. I’m just amazed by it.“It wouldn’t bother me to go back two or three more times.”Sharing Pennell’s enthusiasm is the man who dreamed up the museum (and collected most of the tractors and trucks), 74-year-old … [Read more...] about You like trucks and tractors? Then you have to see this Virginia museum filled with them.
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Most years, country music and diesel engines make the most noise at the Mid-American Trucking Show. However, in the week since the freight industry’s largest annual event ended, top stories from trucking news sites were about a small Q&A session where a convoy of keyed-up truckers took turns griping at Ray Martinez, the man President Trump just put in charge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the federal government’s trucking regulator. “It’s amazing to me how many experts there are in trucking that have never set their butt in a truck,” said one irate driver, quoted in Transport Topics, a trade pub that covered the session. That speaker, and many others, were fed up over a new law requiring every driver digitally track the hours they spend on the road, so regulators can better ensure they’re not spending a minute longer behind the wheel than allowed. This isn’t just hollering about the surveillance state: The contentious … [Read more...] about Truckers Take on Trump Over Electronic Surveillance Rules