Mix equal parts dirt, speed, a launch ramp, and suspension travel. Stir briskly using a heavy throttle foot. The result? Big, big air.
Every January, the big guns of SCORE gather in Laughlin to kick off their racing season beginning with the Laughlin Leap long-jump contest. Every June, members of United Prerunners gather at Rialto Off-Road Raceway for the Jump Championships. We've had the chance to watch, and even ride in, the Laughlin Leap, so we knew we were in for a treat when United Prerunners held its Jump Championships later in the year. The rules are simple: Rollcages and helmets are mandatory, and a jump's distance only counts if the truck lands successfully and can be driven away from the landing.
We'd felt the chill on that January night in Laughlin, so we were glad that the Jump Champs took place on a balmy, if a bit warm, day in SoCal. We didn't enter the Laughlin Leap competition, but if we had, we'd have felt severe pain in the wallet. The Laughlin Leap is part of the Laughlin Desert Challenge whose entry fee lightens the wallet to the tune of about a grand. If we had entered the UP Jump Champs, our wallet would have received only the mildest of dents. Like all of the United Prerunners events, the Jump Champs is well within the reach of the average prerunner enthusiast whose truck sports a basic rollcage and whose head sports a helmet.
If you've got the truck, the helmet,and the heavy throttle foot, consider a trip to Rialto Off-Road Raceway for the 2006 Jump Championships. We've found that dirt, speed, a launch ramp, and suspension travel equal big, big air no matter where the venue, and no matter what the price of the entry fee. May your air time be extensive, and your landing a smooth one.
...And He Walked AwayWe can only figure that Chad Walton felt inspired by the General Lee buggy's near-endo and wanted to outdo the Hazzard-style sand car. Chad's unfortunate throttle timing sent the Taylor Motorsports-built Chevy and its pilot through a set of three complete end-over-end tumbles. After the tumbling was done, the flames began. Chad was quickly pulled from the pilot's seat to safety, and the flames were attacked with fire extinguishers. The extinguishers knocked the fire down, but not out. The water truck handily finished off the flames. We've seen nothing but durable trucks come from Taylor Motorsports, and Walton's Chevy was no exception. He was able to walk away from this dirt disaster, thanks to the superior construction that is standard fare at Taylor Motorsports. Chad's landing carved out a divot deep enough to stash a corpse in. Although Walton's 143-foot, 2-inch jump didn't count since the landing wasn't clean, he still received the All Jump Style Award for his time and troubles