Owner of NC truck stop passes; Deluxe celebrates 40 years

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Updated Oct 20, 2019

The man behind a popular North Carolina truck stop has passed.

Robert Eugene “Bob” Walser Sr., 86, died Saturday, Oct. 12, at his home. Mr. Walser owned and operated Bill’s Truck Stop in Linwood, North Carolina at Interstate 85’s exit 86, for 60 years.

Senior Editor Todd Dills, our colleague at Overdrive, offered a remembrance of Mr. Walser, who one patron called, “A real gentleman and a truck driver’s friend.”

Read Todd’s story here.

Truck Stop Insider LogoDeluxe Truck Stop celebrates 40 years

A Missouri truck stop recently marked 40 years in business, during which time it became well known for helping truckers keep their rigs clean.

Located in St. Joseph, not far from the Missouri River, the Deluxe Travel Stop is a full-service truck stop owned and operated by Bob and Connie Wollenman and their son Nick. 

Over the years it has become the place to get your trailer washed out. It all began with washing the trailers of Friskie’s Pet Care, and today Deluxe washes just about every sort of truck and trailer on the road. 

Deluxe also has tires, a Cat Scale, fuel, showers, break room, food, clothing, and accessories.

Proposed truck stop development causes ruckus in NY

Folks in part of New York’s lower Hudson Valley and almost on the Connecticut border are more than a little unhappy with the prospect of a truck stop locating in their community. In fact, they appear to be livid, if the report of a recent town meeting is any indication.

The truck stop is part of a proposed development that would include a truck wash and truck service center along with two hotels, an indoor waterpark, a restaurant, and convention center. It is being proposed for 54 acres on Route 52 in the Town of Kent, not far from Interstate 84 east of West Point and west of Danbury, Connecticut.

The primary objections are that the development would be close to two schools, and cause an increase in truck traffic.

1979 IH Scout HellScout by Gas Monkey Garage1979 IH Scout HellScout by Gas Monkey Garage

TA Petro giving away HellScout

Travel centers are always holding sweepstakes and drawings for their customers, and the prizes range from free food and merchandise to points on loyalty cards.

TA Petro has a different kind of prize for its latest giveaway: a tricked out, high-powered custom 1979 International Harvester Scout, a.k.a. The HellScout created by the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. The HellScout has a 6.2-liter Hellcrate Supercharged Hemi that produces 707 horsepower.

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