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Top Truck Challenge 2014: 10 Questions For Competitor #49 Joshua Hardy

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2014 on April 25, 2014
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Ten questions for Top Truck Challenge 2014 competitor #49 Joshua Hardy, Ben Lomond, California, 1988 Suzuki Samurai.

Q. Why do you want to compete in TTC?
A. "For the last four years I have had the privilege of being a spectator of this rad event. In fact, last year I was part of Jen and Chris Smith’s team and since then my co-driver (also part of their team, Jared Bishop) and I have had the desire to take part in this highly difficult event. In short, I just want to meet some cool people, see their badass vehicles, and play in some mud!"

Q. What TTC event are you most looking forward to?
A. "The Mud Pit! It’s the only event I can hold it wide open and not worry about anything breaking."

Q. What TTC event are you not looking forward to?
A. "The Coal Chute, because it requires so much attention. But that’s why I have a great spotter, so I’m not really worried about it."

Q. Are you making changes to your rig before TTC?
A. "Yes. Motor: Cam, springs, head work and throttle body spacer. Transmission: built Turbo 400. Transfer case: 3.8:1. Axles: pinion brakes with Toyota calipers, hardened front axleshafts, Mudpro Metalworks Mohawk and steering arm reinforcements, and Low Range’s 10” dual ended hydraulic ram. Body: Paint, full exocage made out of .120 or .188 DOM and half doors. Suspension: Rear- Bilstein 18” coilovers and I changed the 3-link to a 4-link (lower tubes are DOM .500 thick). Grooved 46-inch Baja Claws. Tunes: CD player and some waterproof speakers."

Q. Will you and your spotter/co-driver be training for TTC?
A. "Yes. We are doing test runs and since we both work for Off Road Recovery Towing, we are getting our winching communications down pat."

Q. If you could go wheeling anywhere in the world, where would that be?
A. "Brazil or Canada. They are both so beautiful, as well as having some of the craziest terrains."

Q. What's playing on your iPod/CD player right now?
A. "Big Boy Toys."

Q. What was the last movie you watched?
A. "Top Truck Challenge 2012.

Q. Do you have an aversion to poison oak, earthquakes, or a submerged engine?
A. "Getting poison oak sucks, but it’s going to be well worth getting it! Earthquakes are nothing to worry about here in Hollister. I already have a spare motor at my house."

Q. What's one thing people should know about you?
A. "I’m a simple auto technician for a small family run local auto repair shop. I have received help from many close friends like; Chris Smith, owner of House of Diesel and Jesse Bishop, owner of Off Road Recovery. Without these two great friends support and access to their shops my Samurai would have never been created."

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