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Hill Climb - Top Truck Challenge 2006

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2006 on December 1, 2006
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The Hill Climb

What it is: Stretching almost 600 feet in length, this event should probably be called the Horribly Hellacious Hill Climb. It not only features a sick angle and steady climb, it also sports surprising curves, eye-opening drop-offs at the edges, slippery loose dirt, and deep, off-camber holes. You didn't really expect a plain 'ol run-of-the-mill hill climb, did you?

How it works: This competition rewards drivers with lightning-fast reflexes. Drivers must think on the fly as they stare at blue sky and treetops while pinned to their seats. If a rig stops forward travel, they're done. Hitting cones adds seconds to the overall time. This year, half the field made it to the top, a couple went wheels-up, and we had a tie for First Place.

Finish Line Quotes
"That was fun. I'll start breathing here in a minute. We're happy to be at the top. So far, so good."--Brent Burton
"Everything is so quick, and you're trying to control momentum and up and over and in. It's just a lot. I think we did good. I'm shocked at how far we got."--Addie Sheeley
"It was fun. It was a gnarly ride."--Sam Collins"If you don't see them holes and don't adjust for them, you're done. Absolutely."--Robert Boggio

Hill Climb Highlights

Boggio's S-10: The 6.0L V-8 helped put down a relatively fast run. Exhibited big tire lift through a couple of the holes.

Buck's Ranger: With the 460ci engine screaming and the coilover/quarter-elliptical suspension soaking up the terrain, the Ranger quickly climbed the hill to earn the fourth fastest time.

Burton's TJ: First competitor to climb the hill, and he did it smooth and methodically. This seemingly continued his domination of the events so far, but his time wasn't fast enough to earn First Place.

Collins' F-250: During all the thrashing around on the climb, Collins' leg hit the transmission shifter, knocking it out of gear. The truck promptly came to a stop, resulting in a disappointing measurement of only 181 feet.

Dibble's ASM buggy: Blew through the course with no drama or close calls. The four-link coilover suspension soaked up everything. The 468ci engine combined with the Atlas 3:1 transfer case to create a powerful, yet surprisingly speedy combination.

Gilpin's K3500: Stalled out 60 feet into the course, ending the run.

Grothe's Bronco: Great run until a bad line through the last hole caused the Bronco to plop over on the passenger side. Nonetheless, it still traveled far enough to garner a Sixth Place finish.

Hanson's Toyota: Back in competition with a vengeance after receiving a new timing chain and gears. Flew up the hill in 39 seconds to tie for 1st place.

Pellett's Ram: The first competitor. Even with lockers, the big truck got stuck in a hole, which ceased forward movement, thus ending his run.

Sheeley's TJ: Good forward progress with a few entertaining wheelies until a bad line through a hole caused the rig to roll onto the passenger side.

RESULTS (time or DNF with feet traveled)

1 Hanson's Toyota (tie) 39 sec.
2 Dibble's ASM buggy 39 sec.
3 Burton's TJ 47 sec.
4 Buck's Ranger 48 sec.
5 Boggio's S-10 49 sec.
6 Grothe's Bronco DNF/329 ft.
7 Pellett's Ram DNF/323 ft.
8 Sheeley's TJ DNF/263 ft.
9 Collins' F-250 DNF/181 ft.
10 Gilpin's K3500 DNF/60 ft.

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