Ranger Rockets around the Tuff Truck Track: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Relatively tame-looking Ranger must have some serious suspension upgrades to handle this track.
This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the NWfan2 YouTube channel and it features an early Ford Ranger participating in the Tuff Truck races at the 2016 Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, Washington. The field at a Tuff Truck race is generally comprised of two types of vehicles; trucks which look like they could be driven on the street and trucks that are clearly only used for racing in the dirt. This Ranger looks like it would fall into the street group and in many cases, street trucks are destroyed by the rough terrain of the Tuff Truck track.
However, this compact Ford is clearly more modified than it looks, cruising around the course in impressive fashion on back-to-back runs without so much as breaking a sweat or an axle.
There are no details on this Ford Ranger, but we can hear from the track announcer that it is driven by a guy named Josh Johnson. The truck doesn’t have a front bumper, but it has all of its other body parts including side mirrors and windows, so this definitely looks like a pickup that you could drive on the street. It does have a set of aftermarket wheels wrapped in aggressive off-road rubber and before the run begins, this Ranger does appear to sit a bit higher than your average first generation Ford compact pickup.
Based on the ride height, we would guess that it has some suspension work and once the first run is about half-way through, there is no question that this Ranger has some upgrades under the body. The small Ford handles jumps, moguls, mud and hard turns without any problem. There is no uncontrolled bouncing after a hill and there are no body parts flying off over the rougher sections of the track, showing that this streetable-looking pickup has been built to shine on the dirt track.
We don’t know how Johnson and his Ranger finished in the Tuff Truck competition, but there is no question that the small Ford turned in an impressive run for a vehicle that looks like a full-bodied street truck. We get to watch two runs and he gets quicker on the second, with the crowd paying their respect via a big round of applause.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!