Truck sport a growing attraction
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GOODS vehicles are becoming more sporting by the minute. A "virtually standard" Peugeot 504 pickup truck is to be used this year in rallies by Philip Young and his aptly named codriver, Derek Pickup. It is a model that has done well in tough African events and later this year Philip is to thrash it over 2,000 miles of the world's highest mountain roads in the Himalayan Rally.
The main deviation from standard specification is the replacement of the normal engine by a 2-litre 125bhp unit from the obsolete 504TI saloon.
When I heard that Intertruck was to sponsor "oval truck racing," I prepared for an invasion by flying sauce boats. In fact it is the quarter-mile track at Hednesford, Cannock Chase — not the trucks — that is oval.
May 26-27 will see much chasing by standard two-axle tractors in the first National Truck Racing Championship on such a track. Entry is free and Incarace Ltd, 163 Bordesley Green Road, Birmingham, the promoter, believes the event will appeal particularly to enthusiastic amateurs.