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Top Truck Challenge 2014: 10 Questions For Competitor #3 Rick Jensen

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2014 on April 25, 2014 Comment (0)
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Ten questions for Top Truck Challenge 2014 competitor #3 Rick Jensen, Valley, Nebraska, 1963 International Harvester Scout.

Q. Why do you want to compete in TTC?
A. "I would bet that almost everyone that wheels would jump at a chance to go to TTC and see it all firsthand. Being chosen to compete is an honor not many get to experience."

Q. What TTC event are you most looking forward to?
A. "The ‘Coal Chute.' I like the technical aspects of rockcrawling – you need to know your truck’s capabilities and limitations, trust your spotter, and be able to 'drive by Braille.'"

Q. What TTC event are you not looking forward to?
A. "Mud Pit. The clean-up sucks."

Q. Are you making changes to your rig before TTC?
A. "I will be keeping the same basic setup as shown in the voting issue. A fresh motor and new tires will be the major changes. And of course waterproofing will be mandatory."

Q. How is your spotter/co-driver training for TTC?
A. "Josh and I have wheeled together for a number of years; he has been a passenger, spotter, and spectator - so he knows the Scout’s capabilities and my driving style pretty well. He is also pretty good with a wrench, who could ask for more?"

Q. If you could go wheeling anywhere in the world, where would that be?
A. "The Black Hills of South Dakota is one of my favorite spots to go; there is great rockcrawling, beautiful scenery, and friendly people."

Q. What's playing on your iPod/CD player right now?
A. "Classic Rock and a little Country, but when I’m wheelin’ the stereo gets shut off and I enjoy the sweet sound of a big block with some ‘old school’ glass packs."

Q. What was the last movie you watched?
A. "I can’t remember – guess that means it might be time to close up the shop and get a little R&R."

Q. Do you have an aversion to poison oak, wild boar, or submerged engines?
A. "Avoiding all three is generally preferred, but if that’s what we find in Hollister, then you can bet we’ll be in the thick of it."

Q. What's one thing people should know about you?
A. "If you’re riding with me, you should know that the passenger side of the truck tends to get the most damage, so you may want to pay attention!"

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