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Top Truck Challenge 101: Frame Twister

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2014 on May 22, 2014
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We’re often told by competitors that the Frame Twister is one of the Top Truck Challenge events they fear the most. Frame Twister is the second of three events on the first day of competition. Typically, the course is only approximately 200 feet long, but it’s a chaotic, non-stop collection of obstacles. The clock begins ticking when a competitor leaves the start line. They’re immediately immersed in the gigantic boulders of the Squeeze Rock section and these boulders are strategically placed to create the most mayhem. Suspension travel, traction, and luck are often the players in the Squeeze Rock section. That’s just the beginning. There’s often a hole and then a water hazard to further confound the competitors before they come face-to-face with the infamous log section. This section typically has six strategically-placed logs that are perpendicular to the direction of travel. Also typically, there is a deep, water-filled abyss between each log. Like the Squeeze Rock boulders, the logs are strategically placed to nab tires. In the past, many competitors have taken the strategy of tiptoeing through the boulders and then hitting the logs with speed in an effort to power to the finish line. When power fails, they often rely on their winch to tug them through. The log section is well known for its destruction of driveline parts and tires as the vehicles go airborne in an attempt to continue moving forward.

Typically, competitors are given 10 minutes to complete the course. If a vehicle gets stuck, or suffers run-ending breakage prior to the finish line, we mark it where it stopped. Cones mark the boundaries and the competing vehicle must not hit or travel outside of a cone. Penalties await if they do.

We often tweak the Frame Twister from year-to-year to keep things interesting. Or maybe we don’t. Competitors won’t know until they hit the course.

What you see here is Tony Fox meeting one of the Frame Twister obstacles in his ’97 Jeep Wrangler at Top Truck Champions’ Challenge 2012.

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