A lot of folks fondly remember the old times of diesel racing, back before the large sponsorships and 2, 500-horsepower dynamometer figures. In the old days, there were trucks that will did less with more, and even in 2019, we believe that budget 10-second full-sized trucks are still pretty cool.
We appreciated a big blast from the past within June at the fifth Siskiyou Dieselfest in Oregon. Siskiyou Diesel Overall performance, a shop in Central Point, Ore., hosts the annual event which includes drag racing, sled pulling, along with a dyno contest that’s part of the Southwest Dyno Circuit.
The festivities began using a meet-and-greet at Siskiyou Diesel Overall performance, where we got a glance at some would-be fast rides. It had been definitely Cummins country, as a lots of the hot trucks were inline-six driven. We saw builds with dragging twins, 160-hp pumps, and some using a lot of nitrous. We were surprised on the amount of lightening that went on — a lot of racers made use of “free horsepower” by reducing weight. It was very clear the focus was going to be on pull racing, so we were excited to find what the next morning would keep when racing started straight away on Medford Dragstrip.
When the entrance opened, there were classes for just about any make and speed of diesel powered truck, from bracket classes for an “open” class, where anything and everything might show up to race. Notable racing enthusiasts included Larry Strawn’s famous “Fodge, ” a 1, 000-hp Cummins-powered Model A on a Dodge 4by4 chassis. There was also Jim Calhoun and Great White Racing, that can be around since the early years of diesel powered performance. Source Automotive brought the hot common-rail that was redefining the particular limits of just how fast just one turbo truck could be.
Right after eliminations on the dragstrip, we joked with Mat Ray about how this individual was a ringer, and how you’re not really supposed to be the fastest truck at the own event. Although drag race was the main draw, there was sled pulling, too, and some hot dynamometer action courtesy of the Northwest Dynamometer Circuit.
Some standout performances included Corey Lingren taking the stock class from 567 rwhp in his Chevy, Cody Heath churning out 1, 099 rwhp in the Small Single course, and Rex Gully’s budget 12-valve making 1, 150 rwhp within unlimited.
Once the food have been eaten, the dragstrip smoke acquired settled, the sled-pulling dirt had been slung, and the rollers had been unique, everyone agreed Siskiyou had been great time — and many already have this marked on their calendars for the coming year.
Are you a hometown leading man who thinks you have what it takes in order to compete? We’d love to see you generally there.