Every walk of life has it’s stereo types and the lifestyle my family and I enjoy is no different. I am writing this to go along with a set of images I am uploading to give you a little insight as to what it is we do and why.
We have a label. Some call us rednecks. Some call us country bumpkins or hillbillies. Some say we are white trash. Others say we are backwoods.
But we are just country folk. We work hard and at the end of the day, we like to unwind just like everyone else. Perhaps even more so, it is this group of people that work in excess of sometime 80 hours a week in the heat, rain and cold to keep everything from farmland to powerlines operating throughout this country. The labels don’t bother us much, we know who we are and are proud of what we earn. We know that we come in all colors, sizes and shapes. Different backgrounds and races. We all have our own beliefs but inside, we are the same. hardworking, loyal and down to earth people who just want to have fun.
In the pictures that this writing is attached to, you will see an activites that are far-reaching especially in Central Florida. It is truly a science, no matter what else you may think. The trucks you see in these images weigh in excess of two and a half tons. The range in 300-700 horsepower. The tires range in size 44-62 inches in height. They have multiple mechanisms that can be adjusted to obtain countless different set-ups. There are formulas and algorithms that determine what settings need to be used in order to keep a truck running succesfully in 3-5 feet of water or mud. Some have computers installed that can adjust the height of the truck or tire pressure with the push of a button.
Some are used for racing, some for tractor pulls and others for easing around the mudhole. Each different use requires an overhaul to get the best results for the driving conditions. In the races, full safety gear is required as rollovers are common and dangerous.
The people who build and drive these trucks know their vehicles like the back of their hand. They know what the truck can handle and thrive on pushing it to its limits. They learn from mistakes and at the end of the day, take what they have learned to make the truck better.
So as you look at these trucks, remember that a lot of hard work goes into the construction of one. These are not million dollar machines that you see at a Monster Jam show in a packed arena. These trucks are built in garages in backyards in the wee hours of the morning. The are the product of hard work and long hours of planning. These are the blood, sweat and tears of a man who goes to work each and everyday to support his family and needs a “creative outlet”. We can all relate to that :)
A look at what makes 2 1/2 ton trucks so awesome!