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This was the view that Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst served their competitors at Primm. Ed, 42, drove the first three laps and handed the helm to Tim, 40, who took the big red TT through the last two. Brian Collins, another Las Vegas local, led the opening laps, but suffered a hub failure that cost him the lead. Terrible's Trophy Truck took the lead on Lap 4 and never looked back. The Trophy Truck was built by Mike Smith Fabrication of Huntington Beach, California. The front control arms cycle through 22 inches of travel, damped by Smith-built coilover and bypass shocks. In the rear, Smith-built shocks control 30 inches of suspension movement. While those travel numbers aren't revolutionary, the TT's four-wheel-drive system is a big departure from the norm. Conventional desert racing wisdom says that four-wheel drive adds weight and complexity to a vehicle -- more things to break. Team Herbst commented, "Currently, it seems to be equal to or better (than two-wheel drive), depending on the terrain. In sandy washes and silt beds, four-wheel drive offers a definite advantage." Team Herbst also uses experimental 39-inch BFG project tires, which are returned to BFG after each race.