Lucerne Valley, CA
Brandon Arthur was business as usual on the first lap of the combined MORE / SNORE chili cook-off race in Lucerne Valley, Ca. He and co-rider Brian Busby were picking off other racers in their Pro Traffic Services / Competitive Metals / Rigid Industries Trophy Truck passing 5 cars in only 30 miles.
They had settled into a comfortable pace running the big truck at 110 to 120 miles per hour when Brandon noticed the steering wheel was off center. Things happen fast in the desert when you are traveling that fast. Brandon felt that the truck was off but in a split second it went away. He called out to Brian as he let off the gas “we’re broke, we’re broke” but with no steering the truck made a hard left and the pair got pummeled as they rolled hard at over 100 miles per hour. “I got off the gas but didn’t want to hit the brakes,” says Brandon, “We slowed a little but the truck turned left and we rolled. I don’t remember the whole crash but we’ve looked at the video frame by frame to try and figure out what happened.”
Brandon and Brian are both showing the after effects of the crash. Besides getting their bells rung, the g-forces burst blood vessels in their eyes turning the whites to red known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage. They will have red eyes for several days which will no doubt provoke questions from those who somehow have not seen the video of the crash that has gone viral on the internet. The crash took a toll on the truck as well. “The cab looks ok but the front is bent bad,” says Brandon, “We have a new Trophy Truck chassis that combines all our latest advances so the truck will get upgraded to the new design.”
Brandon is going to have his hands full. He will be juggling High School, a new Prolite truck he is building and now revising the Trophy Truck. He is an excellent mechanic but fabrication is a new set of skills he is acquiring from his Father Todd an experienced builder. “I do all my mechanical work but I’m anxious to expand my fabrication skills so I can do it all,” said Brandon. 2013 has been a learning experience for Brandon. It’s a big jump from 1450 class champion to racing in the big bad Trophy Truck class. In 2014, he will take on a new challenge racing in select desert races in his Trophy Truck and battling on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series short course tracks in the ultra-competitive Prolite class. One thing is certain, no matter the challenge, he will remain undaunted.
Aftermath Photo By: Art Eugenio
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