VIDEO: Stupid Idiots Ruin Trucks with Tug-O-War
I’m a Tundra fan, but I definitely wouldn’t mind having a cool lifted 80’s domestic pickup with a big block and a gigante (pronounced he-gone-tay) set of mudders. That would be a fun truck to own.
What I’m saying is, you wouldn’t see me ruining my truck like the Rhodes scholars below…
About two years ago, I railed against the stupidity of “tug-a-truck” competitions because ultimately they’re about destruction. While one driver appears to win, the truth of the matter is that both trucks are damaged by the competition. As you can see in the video above, something broke on the truck on the right at the 16 second mark. At 18 seconds, the shirtless referee starts waiving off the “competition”. Nearly 7 seconds later, the other driver finally becomes aware that his buddy’s pickup is destroyed.
What, exactly, was the point of that little exercise? The loser just ruined hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of parts and accessories. The “winner” just ruined someone else’s vehicle…and truth be told, the winner also strained some of the components in his truck’s powertrain, suspension, and frame. How these strained parts will hold up long-term is a question mark – one that the winner brought upon himself.
Tug-a-truck fans will say that any sort of vehicle enthusiast activities (off-roading, racing, drifting, etc.) puts some sort of undue strain on a vehicle, but I can’t think of an event that can junk an entire driveline and bend a frame in 7 seconds unless a crash is involved.
Tug-a-truck fans will also argue that there’s some sort of strategy or skill in what we saw above. Yet the video makes it clear that the truck on the left won because it had better tires. The truck on the right had tires that were incredibly oversized – almost like flotation tires – and to me it seems they couldn’t get a good contact patch compared to the truck on the left. The proof? The truck on the left is kicking up dirt at the 13second mark, while the truck on the right is spinning out. I’m not a genius, but it seems like a no brainer to say this event is all about tires – at least based on the video above.
For all of these reasons, I stick by my belief that this type of thing is stupid. Idiotic, in fact.
What do you think?
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