Trophy trucks are some of the most exhilarating adult toys that most of us will never get a chance to drive. Pounding across the desert landscape at well over 100 miles per hour in a custom-built truck that can take all of the abuse that the harsh landscape can dish out might unsettle your kidneys, but the adrenaline rush that comes along with the experience more than compensates for any temporary discomfort. Check out this video:
While the upper tiers of trophy truck off-road racing might be out of the reach of anyone who isn’t a professional driver or a trust-fund inheritor, for the rest of us there are Trophy Karts. These pint-sized all-terrain thrill rides can be thought of us go-karts on steroids – or rather, go-karts with a lift kit and the kind of suspension that doesn’t mind the occasional aerial maneuver.
Built by the aptly-named TrophyKart, these small vehicles come in three different flavors.
Below is a small sample of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken at SEMA so far this week. Be sure to check out each one – every truck will be featured and described in greater detail in the future (assuming that I can contact the owners, that is).
First, a nice little video:
Now, some more photos so you can see the trucks in greater detail:
Your pickup might be good at hauling cargo, but one area where it almost certainly doesn’t shine is when it comes time to load or unload any of the gear you have stashed in the truck bed. With tall sides and a ride height that doesn’t exactly encourage OSHA-approved lifting practices, it can be a real pain to stuff your cargo bed with bulky or heavy items. Even solutions such as ramps can only do so much, as you then either have to transport a dolly with you or resign yourself to walking up and down a gangplank for the duration of the loading process…assuming you can push or ride whatever it is you need to load/unload.
A company called SpitzLift has come up with a tool that aims to solve pickup loading problems in a compact and easy to operate package. SpitzLift’s main product is a small crane that can be mounted on your truck and assist you when it comes to filling or emptying your cargo bed.
According to PPG, silver is the world’s most popular paint color. According to PPG spokesperson Jane Harrington, silver is popular because “it’s offered on every single vehicle style…it really defines the shape and form of the vehicle…brings out all the lines.”
However, what’s the most popular color for the Toyota Tundra? Take the survey below and help us figure that out!
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be attending SEMA alongside Mark, one of the behind-the-scenes guys here at TundraHeadquarters. We’re going to be taking pictures, shooting videos, and hopefully I’ll be interviewing some accessory manufacturers about their products.
SEMA, for those that don’t know, is one of the biggest auto shows of the year.