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Detonation; Another Year

Detonation

John Lehenbauer
Jan 3, 2018
Photographers: John Lehenbauer
Here I am, sitting at the computer as 2017 comes to an end, pondering the things that have happened during the year. It was an interesting time. And, like most years, there were highs and lows.
I attended many diesel events all over the country in 2017, visiting some places I had never been before. The opportunities allowed me to meet a bunch of great people and see the U.S. It would have been great if I had more time during my visits to see more of the sights and get a better feeling for the different regions (most trips are short and to the point). Maybe there will be chance to do more sightseeing in the future.
As I look forward to 2018 (at least what I know so far), the new year is shaping up to be a good one. There are some great events and shows coming up. Our annual Diesel Power Challenge is already starting to come together. Applications have been received, and the venues are being booked. Once all the ballots are tallied and the competitors announced (in the coming months), I will be off to Denver, Colorado, for all the excitement (be sure to review the photos and details for each entrant and vote for your favorites using the ballot published on page XX of this issue).
Photo 2/3   |   Making the trip to Hunting 4 Horsepower in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was well worth it. The dirt drags made for some great racing entertainment.
Long before DPC 2018 arrives, there are plenty of other diesel events on the calendar that will keep us busy. The ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge is one of the first gatherings, held in early March, with competitors putting on an amazing display of power on the dyno. Then, in April, the Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad Season Opener really kicks things into gear. Events like Rudy’s are always fun, with lots of good diesel drag racing and sled pulling. It also marks the start of the Outlaw Diesel Super Series season. If 2018’s action is anything like that of the 2017 season, there should be some excellent racing, and maybe even some new records. Then there’s the Ultimate Callout Challenge in May. Let’s hope it’s even bigger and badder than UCC 2017. It’s great to see contestants push boundaries and step the level of competition up a notch. Those are just a few of the gatherings happening in the first part of the new year. By the time DPC wraps up, the diesel event calendar will be in full effect. The sled pulling and drag racing seasons will be going full throttle, and lots of events and shows—big and small—will be happening throughout the U.S.
With so many diesel activities taking place throughout the year, it’s impossible for us to attend each one. We do our best to try and get to as many as possible. For 2018, our plan is to provide even more dynamic event coverage by including new events in our schedule.
In addition to making cross-country treks, we also have other good stuff planned, including in-depth looks at new technology and innovations in diesel. There are already a few irons in the fire—and more coming. As performance levels continue to increase, it is great to see people creating solutions to problems they encounter (or sometimes create) while striving for more power. I have always felt the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” sums up people’s creative nature.
Photo 3/3   |   The Rocky Top Diesel Shootout in Crossville, Tennessee, was highlighted by some very exciting sled pulling as the sun went down.
We do our best to keep up with the latest and greatest things and happenings, but there is so much out there that doing so is not always possible. It’s great when we get a heads-up from readers and innovators about cutting-edge tech or just really cool stuff for diesels. We like giving shops a chance to show off what they do and what they have come up with. Heck, it doesn’t have to be a shop—sometimes the best things come from someone tinkering in the garage.
It looks like 2018 will be a busy year, but that just helps to keep things interesting.

John

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