HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A SUPER TRUCK RACE? THE SOUND OF THE ROARING ENGINES, NECK TO NECK COMPETITION AND CLOSE CALLS WILL LEAVE YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT! BUT HOW DID SUPER TRUCKS COME ABOUT? WE TAKE A FURTHER LOOK AT THIS MONTH’S FEATURE TRUCK.
Super truck racing began at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in America on June 1979. The sport shortly made it’s way overseas to Europe where it gained a mass following. News of the sport eventually made it’s way to Australia during 1988, where locals witnessed the first ever truck race at Calder Park in Victoria. It was shortly after this time that a record crowd of 29,516 enthusiasts and record fleet of 22 competing trucks was recorded at Oran Park, NSW. The truck race featured everyday prime movers but soon developed into the production and use of purpose-built super trucks that we see today.
VIDEO: THE FIRST TRUCK RACE IN AUSTRALIA:
Before this, Australia had only witnessed one-off events in super truck racing. However, as popularity grew so did the sport. Regulations were soon changed, which meant all trucks were required to be a single drive unit, minus the beds and other accessories. It wasn’t until 1993 when the rule book was officially re-written. This is when a special division, called the A-class was created which allowed for greater modification to carrier vehicles. Trucks for the A-class division include the Kenworth, Volvo and Isuzu, all of which have been modified (reaching speeds of up to 246 km/ph).
As well as creating the A-class division, the rule book was also modified to include ‘Light Trucks’. Light trucks are smaller trucks with greater efficiency. These light trucks were predominantly Isuzu SBR/FSR as they had met the new regulations of a vehicle under the 3 tonne, 7500 cc engine capacity.
VIDEO: AUSTRALIAN SUPER TRUCK NATIONALS:
Every year Australian and New Zealander competitors enter and leave our shores to chase and secure a place in these nail-biting super truck competitions. If you’re a driver wanting to travel overseas to compete, then contact Willship today!
For more information about upcoming events or past results in Australia check out the Australian National Truck Racing Organisation (ANTRO) website.