When you’re fuming at being stuck behind a 44-tonne artic overtaking another on the A1, it’s easy to forget that almost every possession you have spent some of its journey to you inside one of them. Nowadays, with the solitary exception of Daf, which still builds some of its models across the Pennines, at Leyland, those lorries will have been built on the other side of the English Channel. But it wasn’t always so.
There can’t be many of our readers who have never watched the iconic trucking film, Duel. What many won’t know is just how significant Duel was in the history of film making, not just as Steven Spielberg’s first offering. Now, a group of British enthusiasts are planning to make a documentary on the story behind the film and the cult that still surrounds it, and you can be part of it. Opportunities to pledge contributions to the project are now being offered on the Kickstarter seed funding site.
Thirty years have now passed since Truck & Driver sprang onto an unsuspecting road transport industry, and we’ve celebrated the occasion with a bumper commemorative issue. We’ve taken a look back at our heritage, with features on the first issue and some of the personalities involved with it, and have also compiled a selection of our favourite TV ads featuring commercial vehicles, complete with quick links so you can watch them for yourself.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".