Everybody knows that tractor-trailers are slow, lumbering beasts with 18-wheels that can barely go over 20 mph, right?
Not only was big rig racing a big thing in the 80s and 90s, it’s starting to make a comeback now!
That’s right, we have some racing big rigs you just have to see.
History of Big Rig Racing
While you don’t see it too much anymore (at least here in the States), truck racing at one point was a pretty big sport.
And we’re not talking about the truck version of NASCAR. We’re talking about old motorsport staples like the Great American Truck Racing Series, active throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
It was a sight to see – scores of ten-wheeled trucks ripping up asphalt as they whipped around the tracks. I mean, these rigs were juiced up monsters, and would literally damage the tracks they rode on.
These races were smoky, visceral spectacles that easily dazzled the audience. Where’d they go?
Maybe it was because of the billowing trails of black smoke, or the increased danger from vehicle size – but big rig racing faded away in the 90s.
Worldwide Leagues Come Home
Well, they may have lost popularity in the States, but heavy truck racing stayed around in Europe, Australia, India, and South America.
And with the support of these international leagues, there has been a push to bring big rig truck racing back into the United States!
After a 22-year hiatus, racing trucks have returned to the States with the Meritor ChampTruck World Series.
The plan called for racing trucks to be comprised of Class 8 trucks from before 2010, with engine choices limited to commercially available diesels with manual transmissions.
Every truck will have a full safety setup, including roll bars, fuel cells, and fire suppression systems. The trucks will be restricted to a top speed of 100 mph.
ChampTruck boasts that race teams include both a mix of professionals and Average Joes. Teams have truck manufacturers, dealerships, and large trucking company employees working with smaller fleets, repair shops, and independent racers.
It’s diversified, like the trucking industry as a whole!
And while you’re not ripping up the tarmac in your rig, you do need a full team to keep your trucking business going. Which is why we offer a 15-day trial of trucking software – TruckLogics!
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