Top Truck Challenge 2014 Debuts on Four Wheeler Today
Annual Event Tests Modified Off-Roaders
It’s that time of year again. Leaves are turning red, pumpkins are ripening in the garden, and Chrysler 440 and small-block Chevy motors are roaring under the hoods of International Scouts, cut-down GMC trucks, and doorless Suzuki Samurais.
That’s right, it’s once again time for Top Truck Challenge (TTC), the signature event for our sister publication, Four Wheeler. As before, Four Wheeler readers were given 10 votes to distribute among 50 contenders, and 10 total vehicles were selected to compete in TTC 2014, along with two alternates in case one of the contestants was unable to compete.
The list of competitors is fairly predictable, with a variety of lifted, built GM rigs, Internationals, Ford trucks, a Suzuki, and a Dodge. The biggest surprise is that, for the second year in a row, no Jeep products were selected to compete. Additionally, one of the alternates selected this year was a 1959 Fiat. OK, it’s a tube-framed Toyota-powered Fiat with Unimog axles, but it’s still a Fiat.
This year’s contestants will be subjected to a variety of tests designed to push the vehicles to their limits in terms of power, grip, articulation, and driver skill. The first video, embedded below, shows the trucks being asked to tow a 6x6 military truck that weighs over 36,000 pounds up a grade. They then must go through the infamous Frame Twister, a rocky, muddy, unstable obstacle course that’s actually bent frames in the past. Oh, and they have to get through the course in 10 minutes or less. Spoiler alert: This year’s Frame Twister has a few surprises in store, including at least a few shredded tires.
Four Wheeler’s TTC 2014 will be shown on the Motor Trend Channel from October 6 to October 10, with a new video premiering each day. Check out the first episode below.