While most sixteen year olds are driving, their main concern is to get where they are going without hitting anything. Not many are capable of going out two weeks after getting their license and putting on their own driving clinic. During the HDRA, Redline at Stateline offroad race, that’s exactly what Brandon Arthur did. In only his third time racing his class 1400, Ford F-100 race truck, he put down back-to-back wins in the two day event finishing ahead of his nearest rival by minutes not seconds, over twenty five to be exact. Brandon is a polite young man with some incredible driving skills. One might compare him to iconic racer Larry Ragland who spoke softly and drove ferociously. Ivan Stewart, the Grand Marshal of the race and an icon himself, thought Brandon’s driving was more like a young Robby Gordon’s. Ivan was so impressed, he came over to meet Brandon and to congratulate him on the win after the race.
All the more remarkable is the fact that Brandon built his truck himself with some help from his father, Todd, who is a talented fabricator, and Trophy Truck racer. “The truck used to belong to my Dad who used it on his farm,” says Todd Arthur “Brandon is a good kid; being allowed to race the truck is his reward for keeping his grades up. The truck is licensed for the street and Brandon drives it to school sometimes, we take the windshield out to go racing.” Brandon has acquired knowledge way beyond his years learning from his father and also from his veteran co-driver Donny Kerr who used to ride in the Trophy Truck with Todd. Aside from his fabrication and driving skills, Brandon is also an accomplished automotive technician and engine builder who has placed as high as second in state wide skills competition. His experience competing against the clock to diagnose and repair an unknown problem will no doubt come in handy at some time in his desert racing career.
With help from HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries, Racer X and Fox Racing Shox, Brandon is shooting for the HDRA class 1400 championship this season. With two wins in his first race as driver of record and the points lead after the first event, he’s off to a great start. Brandon’s next race will be the Plaster 250 held in Plaster City, California April 5-8. You might want to check it out while you can. Considering his significant skills and talent behind the wheel, If you don’t hurry, you won’t be able to one day say that you saw Brandon Arthur race before he was famous.