It has been awhile since iv'e last posted anything here on DT ..
I've had a long go with some very bad luck with losing 3 of my parents.. all in under 6 months.
With that said the Wife and I thought it was time to get out and do something fun for a change.
So on Nov the 13th We attended are first TMC Big Rig Challenge at the TMC fall technology workshop in Oklahoma City.
For those of you wounding what TMC stands for.. Technical Maintenance Council.
Link to there Big Rig challenge rules:
https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows ... dRules.pdf
There track is a 50 ft wooden track with no center rail .. the starting height is 30" off the floor, at the end of the track a pillow is used for stopping these 4 pound rigs.
This was there big'est turn out ever.. with 16 Big Rigs in the running per the guy in charge of the TMC race.
The racers had to draw numbers for there race positions... as luck had it my wife was 1st spot, I took 3rd spot with Bobcat, and 7th spot with Hot Rod Hauler.
As you can see in the pic's all types of weighting ideas and wheel combos were tried to make the rigs reach the finish line:
The Rigs the wife & I took to race:
Some of you here may recall the truck I raced at MA .. In Memory of my Mom.
With a little more work and some creative changes to the truck i was able to turn it into a Hot Rod Hauler.
The Wife wanted to do some work to her truck she raced for the very first MA Big Rig Race..
so we took two vintage 1956 pwd axles and made rearview mirrors out of them, along with some Popsicle sticks for running boards..
And a silver Sharpie pen to paint in the wheel spokes .
My Bobcat lowboy Rig .. well i made a crate box to hide a little more weight inside.. and with some small yellow ribbon I made some ratchet straps .
In the end wouldn't you know it ..The wife took 2nd place with her rig!
I took 3rd place and Best of Show with the Bobcat Rig.
Hot Rod hauler.. did not do as well as I hoped on this track.. [junk] camber on the FDW and the track wood grain did not go hand in hand!
All in all the Wife and I had a grate time.
pic's of the truck's running the track:
Some of the rigs never made it to the finsh line and some did.. the lighter weight trucks around 2 to 3 pounds were faster to the finish line.
Here is a pic showing just how close the race was.. keep in mind that two of the rigs have hit the stopping pillow and rolled back some in the image.
The Big Woody truck seen in the photo was the winner of this Big Rig Challenge and fastest truck to the finish line on the 50ft track.
Anyhow this is another form of pinewood Big Rig racing for all of you who enjoy making & racing the Big Rigs.
- Master Pine Head
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Your trucks were definitely the best looking, some of the others were stacks of 2x4s.
It was lots of fun.. having never raced on a track with out a center rail so it was a hole different experience.
Yeah every one though are truck's were cool looking but they really liked the looks of the Bobcat rig with the lowboy and all the work i put in to it.