A Band Of Brothers
There is something to be said for commitment and perseverance. Some people are born with a golden spoon and are given the keys to unlock many of the doors that would most certainly bring frustration, and frequently failure, to others. Some are given the gift of good timing, where the doors just so happen to be open when it comes time to pass through. Yet at the beginning of any new journey, there is a certain degree of ignorance. Once subjected to the pros and cons enough times, you will gain a thorough understanding of the job and be abe to make better, educated decisions to achieve success.
At what stage do you cross over from amateur to pro? For those who have the luxury of being surrounded by the best in the business, it's fairly simple if they pay attention. For others it's not that easy. Every lesson comes straight out of a limited resource. In any event, the status of being a "pro" is gained the day you become paid for the task.
The word amateur is a derivative of the Latin word amare, which means to love. Amateur doesn't mean unskilled; it simply means that a person does something for the love of it, not because they are paid to do it. This couldn't be truer than with a band of close-knit friends that collaboratively make this Trophy Truck run races. None of these individuals are strangers to the off-road realm, nor are they afraid of pushing a machine to its off-road limits.
The fearsome five friends who drive, prep, and fund this Trophy project are Todd Arthur, owner and driver; Donny Kerr, codriver; Jimmy Weitzel, driver; Darrell Herman, codriver; and Mark Waddell, another set of good hands. This band of brothers has a long history in the industry. Todd Arthur is the sole proprietor of HRT Motorsports; Donny Kerr is a fabricator at Alumi Craft and works part-time at HRT with Todd; Jimmy Weitzel is the owner of Weitzel Motorsports; Darrell Herman is Todd's competitive brother; and Mark Waddel owns Wired Truck and Wirefab. This band of brothers make up the entire crew that drives, preps, and funds this Trophy.
Due strictly to limited resources, you may not see Todd's Trophy Truck romping across every race on the fiscal calendar, but when you do see it, you'll know it. It'll be the almost-non-stickered truck nipping at the heels of the big-budget builds.
Owner: Todd Arthur
Engine: 442-cid small-block V-8, 695 hp/640 lb-ft of torque
Trans: 400 Turbo Hydromantic with manual valvebody and 3000 stall converter
Rear axle: Chrisman 10-inch with CNC 40-spline axles
Suspension: Sheetmetal A-arms and custom four-link built by Darrell Herman at HRT
Shocks:Front has 23 inches of travel using Fox 2.5 coilovers with 350 over 700 Eibach springs; 3-inch bypass; rear has 32 inches of travel using Fox 2.5 coilovers with 500 over 800 Eibach springs and six-tube 3.5-inch bypass
Seats: PRP seat with MasterCraft harnesses
Special thanks: Todd wants to thank his team members for their dedication to a common goal. He also says if it weren't for the help of some sponsors, this would have been essentially impossible. So, thank you to: RacerX Motorsports, Gary Hougley of B&R Buggy, MC Painting, Wirefab, and Off Road Warehouse (ORW).