"Saving the truck" is a phrase heard often in off-road racing. The aggressive driving techniques that usually bring home wins in short-course races are ill-advised in long-course races, such as the SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Ill-advised unless you're Robby Gordon. Robby decided that instead of "saving the truck," he would have the truck built in such a way that it could take the punishment of aggressive driving for as long as he could stay in the driver's seat and dish it out.
In Part 1 of our Team Gordon Trophy Truck story, we stood by with our camera and pen as whiz-bang Gordon staffers CAD-designed, -machined, and -welded raw materials into an almost-completed Trophy Truck. As the starting-line deadline at the 2003 Baja 1000 loomed ever closer, the team had to scramble to finish the truck. During crunch time, the team parked a motorhome in the shop's parking lot and worked around the clock in shifts. Case after case of Red Bull was drained, as the crew put in the hard hours needed to get Gordon's ride ready. Although the truck's debut race was indeed in years past, this is the same truck that carried Robby to a First Place finish a few months ago in the 2005 SCORE Baja 500. Our lenses and pen were on hand as Team Gordon crossed and dotted the final T's and I's that got the Red Bull Trophy Truck ready for Robby.
The truck was tied down onto a lightweight trailer and on its way to Ensenada, Mexico, for the start of the SCORE Baja 1000. The start is just hours away.