THE Pickup Truck Championship is back at Rockingham for its final appearance this season as the American-style racers headline the racing action at this weekend’s (September 30/October 1) Truxx Factor Show.
The thunderous sound of the purpose-built 230bph machines reverberating around the famous Oval has to be heard to be believed, while the fullthrottle bumper-to-bumper racing just inches from the infamous concrete wall at breath-taking speeds is a sight to behold.
A firm favourite at the Northamptonshire circuit, visitors attending the two-day trucking spectacular can expect all the drivers to deliver maximum excitement and entertainment as the championship season draws to a close.
Reigning Rockingham 100 champion, Mark Willis always puts in a solid performance in his #65 truck and has already notched up three wins this season on Europe’s fastest racing circuit. Willis heads to the trucks spiritual home sitting at the helm of the standings.
However with the grid littered with such strong contenders including overall championship leader Scott Bourne in the #99 truck, Willis will need to be at his very best over the two 30-lap heats and 40-lap final to defend his Rockingham title.
The Pickups will take to the UK’s only banked Oval on Saturday for qualifying before taking to the track for the final time this season on Sunday. The trucks are not the only British Automobile Racing Club series in action over the weekend.
The MRF UK National Legends Cars Championship makes a welcome return to the Rockingham for a total of six races on the International Super Sports Car Circuit over the two days – three on Saturday and three on Sunday and it is John Mickel and Ben Power who will continue their head-to-head duel for the title this weekend.
Serving as the penultimate event of the season, every point is crucial in the battle for to be crowned champion at Brands Hatch at the start of November. The six races will likely keep fans on the edge-of-their-seats as the 5/8 scale machines race millimetres apart at well over 100mph.
Also on the billing are the MINI Miglia and MINI Se7en Championships, which will share five races between them on the International Super Sports Car Circuit. There will also be Race and Road Truck Sprints, all adding to the spectacle.
If that wasn’t enough, away from the track, the truck show takes centre stage attracting entries from vintage and retro trucks to American classics and custom rigs through to the modern day era. While for the discerning truck fan, a classic tractor and steam section will feature over 100 years of haulage in the Transport through the Ages display.
Across in the Live Arena, the rubber will be burning with demonstrations from the BriSCA (British Stock Car Association), F1 Stock Cars and Rockingham Drift Xperience cars. There’ll also be trade/industry displays as well as a strongman challenge.
Visitors will not be restricted to just spectating though, as there will also be the opportunity to jump in the passenger seat of a race truck, Long Goods Vehicle (LGV) or climb aboard the Red Dragon Monster Truck for a bone-shaking, car crushing ride!
Plus the famous Ken Fox Troupe Wall of Death, race truck simulator driving experiences, static displays and remote control trucks will all be on offer. While for the younger members of the family, there will be plenty to enjoy from mini Monster Truck rides, a family fun fair, bouncy castles, face painting and much, much more.
The action goes into Saturday evening with a mechanics competition, show truck light show, live music, bar and a fireworks display. For more information visit www.truxxfactor.co.uk.
Advance tickets cost just £15 per day, £25 for the weekend or £35 with camping. It’s FREE entry for Under 16s and can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option1, until midday tomorrow (Friday, September 29). Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £19 per day or £35 for the weekend. Gates open at 08:00 both days.