2002 Top Truck Challenge Hillclimb
By Craig Perrone, Photography by Craig Perronne, Ken Brubaker
Barry likes to use plenty of throttle when he drives the Frog, and who can blame him? He w
Usually the hillclimb is reserved for the third day of competition, but we wrapped things up early on day one and decided it was time to get dirty. Last year we had to change locations and were sad to see our old hill go. However, Hollister's rangers were able to provide us with another climb that would do the trick. This year we used the same steep, slippery piece of real estate that made its debut at last year's TTC. With big ruts and some berms added to the bottom, it made a suitable challenge.
Just as we did last year, we also employed the concept of an ideal time to score the hillclimb. This would keep the hillclimb from being a horsepower contest, instead rewarding the driver who came closest to the ideal time determined by the judges. It would also keep drivers from applying too much throttle on the super-slippery slope and coming down the hard way. With the stopwatches ready, the competitors lined up and tackled the hill.
|(seconds off ideal time) |
|1. Toby's Flattie ||0.54 |
|2. Barry's Frog ||1.10 |
|3. Corey's Chevy ||1.13 |
|4. Scott's Raptor ||4.01 |
|5. John's Bronco ||4.09 |
|6. Jerry's Jeep ||5.15 |
|7. Bob's Blazer ||5.41 |
|8. Tim's Toy ||5.59 |
|9. Jesse's 'Yota ||9.23 |
|10. Abba's Scout ||67.46 |
At the bottom of the hill were some soft berms that were built to try too slow the drivers
A look from the bottom of the hill isn't too encouraging, as all that can be seen is one s
Jesse Haines' Toyota is more at home in the mud than on hills, and while Jesse made it to
By Craig Perrone
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