In desert racing you’ve got to be ready for anything, because the moment you let your guard down the course will come back to bite you. This trophy truck driver clearly is ready for the moment, because he never panics when he gets the race car on two wheels – he just stays on the gas like a racer should! Check out the two-wheel trophy truck action in the video below.
Unless you’re a track and field athlete or a speed skater, you’ve probably heard the phrase “rubbing is racing.” In desert racing, there are no umpires or officials to call foul, and if you’re one to get bent out of shape when someone brushes you on their way by during an off-road race, you might want to consider an alternative sport.
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Here’s some serious race rubbing on this high-speed section.
For the most part, Trophy Trucks are synonymous with high speeds and deep whoops. You usually don’t picture them on tight, technical motocross-style tracks. However, the minds behind the Dirt Tour and 212 Land put on one heck of an event where they blended Trophy Trucks and a motocross track. By the looks of things, the truck drivers were right at home.
One of the great things about SEMA is that it gives automotive enthusiasts an opportunity to get close to all the action. In the case of the people in this video… REAL close! The action involving Trophy Truck demos at the show were to highlight short-course off-road racing and demos for the SCORE Baja 1000 festivities at the show leading up to qualifying for this year’s race (see results here). Props to Patrick Clark for cutting it close but still keeping his Trophy Truck / Pro 2 race truck under control.
It’s true in off-road racing just like it is in any form of racing – sometimes you have to go slow to go fast… we’ve said it before, there’s a fine line between wide open and overkill, and sometimes you have to slow the pace down in order to keep the vehicle together and make it to the finish. Oh, and it might help if you can keep it between the lines. Check out this off-road racing video where the line gets blurred.
Sheldon Creed is a talented driver – that is no secret. In order to win in off-road racing, you’ve got to be willing to hang it all out there, and that is exactly what Sheldon did recently at the Stadium Super Trucks race on the road’s to Mike’s Sky Ranch in Baja California. The event was dubbed the “Baja Bob’s Mike’s Peak Ultimate Race To The Top” in honor of Robby Gordon’s late father Bob Gordon. Watch as Creed exhibits maximum control by drifting his Stadium Super Trucks racecar around this corner right into a jump over a creek. Even the slightest error could have send him sideways into trees and spectators.
If you’ve got an off-the-wall custom build in the works, you have our attention. This insane trophy truck rad rod project dubbed the “Trophy Rat” nearly broke the Internet earlier this year. It started life as a 1937 International pickup and owner/builder Keith Northrup went a little crazy from there. It features a custom dual A-arm front suspension, designed and engineered by Northrup himself, King Shocks and a 5.7L GM LS6 powerplant, in addition to a host of other custom goodies. Recently we heard Keith was hoping to find a spot for it in a booth at SEMA. Any takers? We have a sneaky suspicion that the Trophy Rat would draw a lot of attention.
Sometimes running wide open can come back to bite you. There is a thin line between pushing the envelope and stepping off of it. This video of a trophy truck (or Trick Truck, as BITD likes to call it) rollover shows that this racer may have crossed that line.
In case you missed it, the 2016 Best in the Desert Bluewater Desert Challenge was another off-road race for the books. Check out these five epic photos from the off-road race held this past weekend from the track near the Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona.
It takes a certain level of courage, a lot of guts and maybe one or two loose screws in the head to be willing to drive off-road vehicles like they were meant to be driven. This video of Jerry Larimore embodies the phrase “never lift.” In fact, Jerry “never lifts” so well that his spare parts can’t even hold on any longer! Check out the video below.