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Diesel Power Challenge 2016: Welcome to Denver!

Registration, Stickers, and Socializing

Sep 20, 2016
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff, Ben Cooper
Denver, Colorado, has been the home of Diesel Power Challenge for years now, and 2016 saw us return to the Mile High City for another week of competition, among some of the hardest-charging, highest-performance diesel pickups from all over North America.
Day One of DPC 2016 was simple, with competitors getting checked in, acquainted with one another, and having their trucks stickered up. Neal Torley of Jacksonville, Florida, was the first to register, arriving almost as soon as the Diesel Power Challenge staff set up shop. The other nine competitors soon followed, with Jake Patterson arriving last, but only a few hours after registration opened.
Photo 2/8   |   2016 Dpc Registration Badges
Unfortunately, one competitor who was voted into the Challenge could not participate . Justin McNichols’ ’05 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD was severely damaged in a vehicle fire just one week before the event, but Justin tells us he’s already working his way back into the diesel game.
After getting acquainted with one another, drivers, crew members, and staff took a trip to ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada, Colorado, where we were treated to a world-class spread of barbecue that included all the fixings. ATS owner Clint Cannon welcomed us to his massive facility, complete with service bays, a race shop, chassis dyno, transmission and turbocharger shops, and one of the coolest man caves in Colorado.
Following ATS’ open house, it was time for some rest, relaxation, and last-minute prep for the rest of the Challenge.
Photo 3/8   |   2016 Dpc Registration Registration Room
Photo 4/8   |   Before the competitors arrived, Diesel Power Challenge staffers made quick work of assembling T-shirt, hat, and sticker packages for each team. Abundant supplies courtesy of DPC sponsors meant everyone had plenty of swag to show off and bring home.
Photo 5/8   |   Diesel Power Tech Editor John Lehenbauer’s steady hands ensured straight, bubble-free stickering. We placed stickers so they’d still allow plenty of rear visibility.
Photo 6/8   |   This year’s group of competitors was pretty punctual. We had each truck stickered and ready to run well before the scheduled end time for registration.
Photo 7/8   |   Teamwork is the order of the day at the Diesel Power Challenge sticker station. Diesel Power staffers joined with local diesel enthusiasts to knock the job out quickly.
Photo 8/8   |   With every competitor checked in, we retired to ATS Diesel Performance’s headquarters in nearby Arvada, Colorado, for a shop tour and some delicious barbecue. Founder Clint Cannon (blue shirt in the center) shows off the high-performance parts his shop is capable of producing.

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