August 2014

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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August 2014 | Overdrive | 41 gush up to 30 gallons per minute. In colder temperatures, it's a sluggish 8 to 10 gallons per minute. Weymouth says she enjoys the physical demands as much as the mental ones. "I could never be happy in an office," she says. "Ever since I was a little girl, I admired the big rigs going down the road. Now, I'm doing something I never imag- ined I could. What kind of trucking I do next remains to be seen. But I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything." After being laid off from an automobile dealership, Weymouth used unemploy- ment retraining benefits at a nearby truck driving school. Two years later, she hired on with Dennison Lubricants, where she still works. "It was the best thing that ever happened to me," she says. Eric Dutra, operations manager for Dennison Lubricants, says Weymouth is a team player willing to take on challenging tasks. His letter of recommendation says she puts to good use her expert knowledge of specialty delivery equipment. As if her good looks were not eye-catching enough, Weymouth's tattoos attract plenty of attention, mostly com- pliments, she says. She got her first tattoo at 17 and now has one full sleeve, one quarter-length sleeve and her entire back covered in ink. Most of the designs are colorful and pretty, and she says she's got one more in the works. "It's true what they say about how addicting tattoos are," she says. "I never thought I'd have this many, but I love all of them. Each one has meaning for me." What she thinks will be her final tattoo will reflect her latest experience in trucking and beauty, but she's not sure of the design. When Weymouth's not driving a big rig, she relaxes with more physical activity. "I'm an outdoorsy person and am always looking for the next adventure," she says. She loves to ride her Harley Davidson, race dirt bikes and go shooting in the woods or at the shooting range. Her friends, along with family and work colleagues, were huge supporters of her throughout the Overdrive's Most Beautiful contest. Her bosses, dispatcher and fellow drivers all worked their social media to get out the vote. Her parents were so excited that her mother bought her a sparkling crown. One pleasant surprise that came from Emily Weymouth will make appearances at the booths of Con-way, the program's sponsor, and Overdrive during The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-23. Last year's winner, Maggie Stone, will crown her at the show. In its second year of recognizing female driv- ers, Overdrive's Most Beautiful contest generated 71 submissions. Through a combination of online audi- ence voting and a judging panel, the entrants were narrowed to 10 finalists. Runners-up to winner Emily Weymouth were Ingrid Brown and Cheryl Lannigan. Brown, of Boone, N.C., hauls dry freight and produce for Randall Miller. She has been OTR for 29 years. Owner-operator Lannigan, of Savannah, Ga., hauls shipping containers in and out of ports and has been driving for eight years. Weymouth gets lots of notice for the tattoos on her arms and back. This modeling image shows Weymouth with her dirt bike racing gear. Paul Provencher

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