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Big Rig Revolution

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By Steve Scheuring, The Original Independent

When you go to the AMSOIL Championship SnoCross racing series you see a large number of full-size race transporters. While we brought the first full-size transporter into the sport in 1997 it hasn’t always been that way in my racing history.

I started oval racing snowmobiles in 1978 as soon as I got a job and could afford to borrow money to buy a race sled. The tricky part after that was figuring out how to get it to the race. Our first race transporter was a Ford Econoline window van (not even a cube van). This was great as we took all the seats out and could work on the sled inside the vehicle in transit while rocking out to Nazareth and Head East. The next problem came when I decided to get a second sled as there was room for only one in the van. I was pretty good at shooting pool and in the Taconite Haven bar there was a guy that had a two-place snowmobile trailer that thought he was pretty good also. I walked out that night winning a two place trailer and a smile on my face.

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The Next Level
I needed an enclosed trailer. So being creative (and having no budget) I bought a box of a Hertz rental truck. A friend of mine had a couple mobile home axles and a furnace. At the time I was working in a fab shop so we built our own enclosed trailer. It was probably good the D.O.T. enforcement wasn’t as strong back then. I did find out I had to take the 40” mudders off of my Ford pickup to tow it as the hitch and ball were in two different area codes. This was also our race shop for most of the winter.

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Once again I needed more room and a vehicle that would fit more people. This time I bought a used manufactured enclosed trailer and a Dually pickup with a six man cab. I remember the guy that I bought the pickup from saying “This truck will get 12-14 mpg”. Needless to say 1000 miles later at 4 MPG my credit card was stinging.

We also didn’t have the high tech graphics like Action Graphics uses on today’s designs. We would take shoe polish and write on the trailer to show a potential sponsor where there logo would be located. Looking back it would have been a lot easier to just write it on the picture instead. You can see the Woodys logo on this trailer also. This is our 35th year partnering with them.

Ready for the Big Time
When we signed our Snocross partnership with AMSOIL in 1997 I knew I was breaking ground in the world of snowmobile racing and knew I had to make a big splash. A full-size transporter was the answer. There was not enough time to have a new one built so I had to secure a used one. I found a used Sprint Car trailer from World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser. While it was not exactly what I was looking for it was pretty damn cool having a trailer like this. We remodeled some of the interior so we had more room to work on our SkiDoo race sleds and added a furnace. If you have never had a trailer this big before it will blow you away the first time you pull it. I had years of equipment moving Heavy Equipment so I was quite familiar with truck and trailers but this rig was gigantic.

A partnership with Jeff Foster Trucking allowed us to have a first class T600 Kenworth pull the transporter around. I took the rig out on Sunday morning and spent about three hours just making sure no power lines got tore down and I didn’t take out any Stop Signs making right corners so that I felt comfortable going to Haydays. We definitely turned heads when we showed up at Haydays. There was a steady stream of people checking out this NASCAR/IndyCar style rig at a snowmobile event. This trailer had an extremely low ground clearance. When we went to leave Sunday night after the race at Spirit Mountain race I managed to high-center the trailer coming out of the parking lot onto the road. It blocked the main road coming out of the race for about ninety minutes. I got a lot of number one signs from people wanting to leave the race that night.

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Fast Forward
In 2003 we had a new Transporter built. This was my first new trailer I ever owned (I also got to learn about F.E.T. taxes). We took ideas from the first transporter and incorporated them into the new build. In 2008 we had an opportunity to update our transporter again with Bruce Transporters from Mentor, Ohio. They liked what they saw in our market and together we partnered to build a new transporter with some cutting edge ideas. Our transporter was the first race transporter to incorporate the Super Single tires. This allowed us the ability to carry full weight and eliminate the third axle, and still be able to wheel a snowmobile in between the wheel wells.

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Today
As you are reading this article Bruce Transporters is once again building us a new transporter. The engineering on this trailer is the most advanced I have seen. No rivets on the outside to collect salt and new materials incorporated to fight corrosion.

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So when you come to the races and see all these cool race rigs remember this didn’t happen overnight. There is nothing wrong with having to “Pay your Dues” to get what you want. An Air Force Colonel once told me “You can have anything in life you want if you put your mind to it”. I couldn’t agree more.