Pictures of Big Shots

Bullhauler Manners

They blow a smoke out of stacks as a way of communication, like Ancient China soldiers stationed along the Great Wall would alert each other of impending enemy attack by signaling from tower to tower. In this way, they were able to transmit a message as far away as 470 miles in just a few hours. The North American Indians also communicated via smoke signal. Each tribe had its own signaling system and understanding. A signaler started a fire on an elevation typically using damp grass, which would cause a column of smoke to rise. Reputedly the location of the smoke along the incline conveyed a meaning. If it came from halfway up the hill, this would signify all was well, but from the top of the hill it would signify danger. In the first picture we can see such a dramatic situation – a  cow truck quickly approaching two company trucks – he scream “danger” trying to warn others using black smoke. Second picture – we see white smoke, it has the other meaning: “keep you line while I’m flying by”. Often we see important info concerning risk management when dealing with them displayed on the back of the trailer (third pic). Porch lights, unique feature seen only on top front of trailer –  informs us that we are dealing with the whole ranch including buildings and animals, not just another standard truckers house on wheels. Last thing – they blur easily due to speed, they are fastest vehicles on the interstate, second only to Producehaulers –  drivers who Bullhaulers learn their driving techniques from, no wonder they haul ass with having such a mentors


4 Responses

  1. Jon

    Hi Art! Just bouncing around the net and found your blog. Awesome site my friend!

    As for the cow shifters, I think they’ll be the last one to have Large Cars as the rest of the trucking world switches to white “Hoovers”…


    February 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    • Polska Jazda

      Jon, thanks you very much for your comment – yo just made happy because the only reason for my efforts is… to entertain people. Kinda like some street performers do but not exactly – I’m not asking any money. It’s purely for fun – so thanks again, you just made wanna write again. And I think you are right – they already using the most beautiful, old trucks. Working on sequel… these guys rock, some producehaulers are slowly switching to hoovers – not b-hollers, oh no

      February 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      • Jon

        No, thank you!

        I was hit head-on by a cow shifter in southern Colorado in ’97. He was sound asleep until he crossed the yellow line and his mirror whacked mine! Kind of a wake up call for me too!

        Those guys fly down there! I could cruise at a blistering 75mph, but got passed by the Bull Wagons like I was parked… Gotta get the steak there on time…

        Thanks again for a great blog!

        February 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

        • Polska Jazda

          I don’t see not even nearly as many b-hollers pulled over for speed (or whatever else) today as I used to 10 years ago or so, times are changing. Maybe just a bit slower for them but still… Speed is not a problem anymore. Unskilled drivers are… IMO

          March 3, 2013 at 3:56 am

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