A ridge runner or more commonly referred to as a moonshiner, was typically a man from the South during the prohibition era (1928-1940) who transported illegal whiskey (moonshine) made in various still sites (outdoor breweries) to local and long distance customers. They were often persued by local police and sheriff's departments in addition to Federal agents, known as "Revenuers" who enforced prohibition laws. Ridge runners were skilled lead foot drivers who knew the roads like the back of their hands. They drove across wide open fields, pastures, and wooded terrain to shake the law, run their shine, and turn a nice profit. Watch a few episodes of the old Dukes of Hazzard and you can't miss the term. Thanks for reading. :-)
That ridge runner is supposed to be here any minute with a whole trunkload of fine sippin shine. Get the money ready...and bring the shotgun if he needs any help.