The racing versions of trucks are no ordinary trucks, and can not be called either slow or heavy, reaching speeds of up to 160 km/h. Truck racing events are action and fun filled events, and planned to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Organization and Classification
Truck racing is organized in a cooperation between The British Truck Racing Association, the International Automotive Federation, and the British Automobile Racing Club. The consortium has been organizing the events for more than 25 years. About 30 teams are currently involved in the championships.
There are two classes of truck racing. The Class 1 trucks are the most sophisticated. They have speed limiters set at 160 km/h, and modern technology like the ABS brakes are accepted. Class 2 trucks are mostly road going trucks which have been converted for racing purposes. They may be old, but meet all the same technical regulations, however, they have no speed limiters. The drivers, however, have speed limits which they manually have to follow. Usually, the Class 2 trucks have less sophisticated engine management systems, suspension, and braking systems. ABS (Anti-Lock brake systems) are disabled or even prohibited.
Crashes are less common in truck racing than in most other forms of racing, and driver injuries very rarely occur. Since the trucks are large and solid built and do not obtain the extreme speeds as seen in for example Formula One, it is considered a relatively safe category of racing. Trucks bumping into each other during races is however very common, due to the sheer size of the vehicles and the tight margins required to get ahead.
Action filled fun for the whole family
Truck racing events are big events, filled with fun activities for the whole family. In addition to the main event, the audience can enjoy Truck manufacturer vehicle demonstrations and show-truck competitions. There are typically also Fireworks, stunt shows, live concert and shows and family fun zones.