Frame Twister and Mud Pit! - Top Truck Challenge 2013
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The brutal Frame Twister has evolved through the years, and for 2013 it
changed again. In 2012 we cut almost 100 feet of fat from the Frame Twister
for Top Truck Champions' Challenge, and this year we hacked off another 100
feet or so, which left us with 201 feet of condensed chaos. The course
began just a few yards prior to the infamous Squeeze Rock section with its
nasty dogleg that likes to flip vehicles. Once clearing the Squeeze,
competitors made a left turn and came face-to-face with the gut-wrenching,
suspension-bending log section. This section included six strategically
placed logs that are perpendicular to the direction of travel and each was
separated by deep, water-filled trenches. The log section may only be a few
yards in length, but it's an evil section that has ruined the day of many
TTC competitors over the years.
Each team had 10 minutes to complete the course. Cones marked the
boundaries and a competitor was considered out of bounds if the inside of
any one of their vehicles tires traveled past the outside edge of a cone.
Hitting a cone resulted in a 30-second penalty and a two-minute penalty
(per occurrence) resulted if the competitor violated the winch safety
It would be really boring if we constructed our infamous Mud Pit the same
each year. Besides, then competitors would know what to expect, and that's
unacceptable. Last year, the course was fast and nearly all of the
competitors made it through with no problem. This year, we mixed it up (no
pun intended) by combining thousands of gallons of water and our special
dirt. With a water quotient higher than last year, our 135-foot pit was a
delightful, soupy, tire-swallowing mess. Competitors were allowed to run
until they ceased forward momentum or crossed the finish line. Running over
a cone netted a 30 second penalty for those who completed the course and a
5-foot penalty for those who did not finish. Traveling out of bounds meant
disqualification and a two-minute penalty was assessed for safety
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