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10 Questions For Top Truck Challenge 2015 Competitor Christopher Bowman

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2015 on May 27, 2015
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Ten questions for Top Truck Challenge 2015 competitor Christopher Bowman from Mountain Home, Idaho, driving a ’88 GMC Jimmy.

Q. Why do you want to compete in TTC?
A. “After years of competing against former TTC competitors at the Idaho Tuff Truck Challenge, I figured why not throw my rig in the mix? Our little club event here is inspired by TTC. Besides, who doesn't want to be in the cool kids TTC club and learn the secret handshake?”

Q. What TTC event are you most looking forward to?
A. “Not sure I have a favorite event, I want to do them all and hopefully complete them. Each one has their own challenges for me as a driver, challenges for my rig, and challenges for my co-driver.”

Q. What TTC event are you not looking forward to?
A. “Doesn't really apply to me, as I look forward to them all! Pretty bummed the word on the street is there is no mud again this year due to the drought. I wouldn't have placed well with a heavy rig and stock horsepower, but it would have been a blast.”

Q. Are you making changes to your rig before TTC?
A. I wasn't planning on big changes at all, but they are inevitable. So now it looks like I’m going to be linking up the frontend with FOA coilovers and stretching the rear suspension back, all to clear the 54-inch Mickey Thompson TTC Claws. Also will be swapping out the axle gears for a total ratio of 6.89. Lastly is a new T400 transmission, 231J range box, and 32-spline input 205—all custom built by me. After that, who knows?”

Q. Will you and your spotter/co-driver be training for TTC?
A. “James and I have been wheeling together for years and he knows my driving style. I trust his judgement and ability to perform under pressure. That being said, we have been rockcrawling quite a bit lately and plan on honing our competition skills at the Idaho X Rocks competition. With any luck, we'll at least look like we came prepared.”

Q. If you could go wheeling anywhere in the world, where would that be?
A. “I love wheeling everywhere, but the trails out here in Idaho are amazing and are definitely one of my favorite places. I think maybe my favorite area might be eastern Idaho. Not too many places can you go from world-class rock trails to massive sand dunes to amazing scenic views all within just a few miles of each other.”

Q. What's playing on your iPod/CD player right now?
A. “Spose, ‘I'm Awesome.’”

Q. What was the last movie you watched?
A. “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

Q. Do you have an aversion to poison oak, earthquakes, or a submerged engine?
A. “Pretty sure I'm not a big fan of any of them. Actually, I'm OK with earthquakes, pretty sure the ground quakes beneath my AxleTech 4000's.”

Q. What's one thing people should know about you?
A. “Move along, there's nothing to see here.”

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