CONTACT WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James
Short course off road is a tough sport on the equipment. It’s up to the teams and
drivers to ensure that they make it to the finish despite the beating and banging.
lawing its way out of the smoke and
still-settling dust like the bare metal
skeleton of a T-800 Terminator, it’s
amazing to see it still moving.
The fictional innards of Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s most famous
character showed the toughness and
tenacity of the metallic android as it
continued to function long after it should
have been destroyed, and long after the
flesh that made it appear human was
peeled away to reveal the vicious killing
machine that lied beneath.
Strip away the fiberglass flesh of what
makes a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Pro 2 or Pro 4 Unlimited truck look like a
Raptor, Silverado or Ram and you’ll see
much the same thing – a machine
designed for the singular purpose of
getting around a one-mile short course
off-road track as quickly as possible.
The thing is, you watch a LOORRS short
course race and it’s almost guaranteed
that you’ll see the skeleton of an off-road
truck laid bare. Maybe it’s been rolled.
Maybe it’s been crashed hard into the
wall. Maybe it’s caught fire. Sometimes all
three of those forces will come into play.
The thing is, it’s still going; still
competing. The innards and organs of the
beast are clearly visible, yet until that
checkered flag falls, no driver is going to
give up, no matter how beat up that truck
is. And chances are pretty good that,
even if the truck has been parked on its
roof, it can make it to the finish.
The smoking, naked truck that keeps
on going is a testament both to the
toughness of the machinery and the
brutality of short course off-road racing.
It’s a sport that beats down the toughest
machines and humans. The trick is to find
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