Tough Truck competitions can be dated back to the first 4x4 clubs. Friends and other club members would navigate across obstacles courses built to test the vehicle and the drivers capabilities, thus proving who has the "toughest" truck. During the 1980s, family events (also known as special events) implemented a similar competition into their 4-wheel jamboree events. It was simply known as the obstacle course competition. During 1988 and 1989, these events became extremely popular, and with that, 1990 saw the first designated Tough Truck events.
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Most early Tough Truck competitions appeared on Truck & Tractor Power television show on (TNN) along with the coverage of the Monster Trucks and NMRO at 4 Wheel Jamborees. At this time the competition would change nearly every weekend, with someone new entering at almost every event. The more consistent, and recognizable contenders shown most on television were Kevin "Pig Out" Harel, Barb and Jim Alt, "Yeee Haa" David Fontanetta Jr, Bruce "The Moose" Scott, Wes "IceMan" Mantooth, Rory Fisher, "Jumpin" Joe Brosovich, Gary McIver, Peter Griffin, John "MM3" Mury and Troy "Air" Tate. Their most highlighted runs can be seen on a home video series known as Shake, Battle & Roll, which also features monster trucks and mud drags.
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“Our Ram trucks continue to set the benchmark in their segments and are the fastest growing truck brand in Canada. To pay homage to these honours, we are proud to award the coveted Guts, Glory, Ram Cup to the winning team today. This cup symbolizes the hard work, strength and team work that is needed to overcome obstacles,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “This is our fourth year sponsoring the Ram Tough Truck Pull through The FCA Foundation. By underwriting the cost of the event for United Way, that means 100 per cent of the funds collected here today are used to help those in need in Windsor-Essex.”
Apparently Americans like their trucks built tough: Along with the bestselling , the , , and saw increases ranging from 15% to 56% last month–and they each made our list of the toughest trucks on the market this year. A truly tough truck combines reliability, durability, safety and strength. The $28,900 from Honda does just that. While some buyers convinced they need more brawn are put off by its 1,546-pound payload and 5,000-pound towing capacity, almost no other trucks can match the Ridgeline’s perfect dependability and reliability scores.Behind the Numbers
To compile this list of the toughest trucks of the year, we started with Consumer Reports‘ Recommended Picks list of 2011. (Recommended Picks are the best models in their category based on their performance, reliability and safety. They must also meet specific road test, reliability and safety criteria to earn that distinction.) We then selected from that list the trucks that have the highest Consumer Reports predicted reliability scores and the highest front-, rear- and side-collision ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The trucks that appeared on all three lists made the final cut. Tough Trucks, also known as Tuff Trucks, Pro Arena Trucks and, Street Warriors, are off-road truck competitions held at 4x4 truck jamborees and events. Tough Truck competitions are a downsized form of short course . They are run as a side act at most monster truck shows. Depending on venue and promoter, the tracks can range from as big as a football field, to as small as a hockey rink. Most track set ups consist of a handful of double jumps, single banzai jumps, uneven/rocker hills, and dirt kicker ramps, again depending on venue and promoter. Some tracks are run in Chicago Style/Round E Round Track or S-Style Track. Some competitions are run as a single pass time trial, or side by side racing.