10 Mostly Worthless Facts
1. If you were to spell out numbers, you'd have to go all the way to 1,000 before using the letter A.
2. Monster-truck tires are 66 inches high and 43 inches wide.
3. In 1925, Ford introduced its first factory-produced pickup truck, the Model T Runabout With Pickup Body.
4. Mike's thinking about swapping the carburetor on the LS2 in his '67 C10 for a fuel-injection arrangement. The puny 11-gallon fuel cell might be the reason for the change.
5. Kevin and Calin's trucks were almost on the cover of this issue. You'll have to wait a couple more months to see them.
6. If you happen to see our show promoter, Eddy, at a show, please feel free to throw plantains at him. He really enjoys that sort of thing. Really.
7. Did you know that comedian Joe Rogan had a 180-page book written about the buildup of his '70 Plymouth 'Cuda? It's called Build Book: From Concept to Reality, and sure it's a car but it's also a good inside look at how master builders like Troy Trepanier create rolling works of art.
8. Sport Truck has a sweet-ass mask collection growing above one of our filing cabinets. To date, we've scored several Mexican wrestling masks and one we can't identify but nonetheless is scary to look at.
9. Force is measured in newtons (N) and not Fig Newton cookies.
10. WD-40 stands for "water displacement, 40th attempt." WD-40 was invented in 1953 and was first used by Convair to protect the outer skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. Another random WD-40 fact is that WD-40 dissolves cocaine.
250 Miles of open desert in Primm, Nevada, proved to be no problem for Curt LeDuc's Class 8 Ford F-150 truck and Toyo Open Country M/T tires. The five 50-mile laps began late, and LeDuc took First in his class and Fifth Place overall in the SNORE KC HiLites Midnight Special race.
Curt LeDuc of Cherry Valley, California, shared driving responsibilities with son Kyle and Macrae Glass of Kingman, Arizona. The team began the race in 51st Place and moved up to 10th Place after only the first lap. Their run lasted until approximately 2 a.m. the following morning when they crossed the finish line for their Class 8 victory.
Curt LeDuc has also competed with this same truck in the Best In The Desert series in 2008 and has won in every event entered this year. He is also the reigning 2007 Best In The Desert Class 8000 champion, continuing his dominance on Toyo Open Country M/T tires.
To learn more about the Open Country line of tires from Toyo, log on to toyo.com. Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high-performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks, and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses, and off-road and construction applications.