You will see no worse punishment of equipment than at a Southern Rock Racing Series event. This event was hosted at Wheelin’ in the Country ORV park in Summertown, TN. These “rock bouncer” buggies compete for the fastest time up insane obstacles, and the hills chosen for this event would prove to be the most brutal yet. Every rig in the series runs at least a 40” tall tire and usually well over 400 horse power motors, and many running the 300M RCV axle shafts.
First course was an obstacle called “Axle Hill”, best time from two runs would take it. All eyes were on Bobby Tanner in his ColeWorx chassis when he pulled up to the line to make his run, he launched off the line full throttle and instead of letting out at the rocks the throttle hung and he hit the ledge with enough force to break the steering arm off the knuckle and take out the front driveshaft, but the 300M RCV shafts held strong!.
Another highlight on Axle Hill was Randall Key, who pilots his rig with just hand controls. It takes incredible skill to maneuver this four-wheel-steer buggy at these speeds. Randall took a bad bounce and ended rubber side up!
The 2nd course was on “Flipper”. They decided to pump water onto the course to add a challenge but after the first few competitors ran this was unnecessary as the skies darkened and the rain poured for the next couple hours. This didn’t slow down the event at all, competitors are dedicated and kept pulling up to the line to attempt the near impossible climb. Shelby Tanner and Lori Shirley were the only competitors to make it to the top of Flipper for the first round. This put the pressure on the boys as the girls really showed them up!
Jordan Tanner stood watching at the bottom of the hill as most competitors failed to make the climb, so when his turn was up he stood on the throttle off the line and never lifted! When he hit the ledge both front tires blew out and launched him 15 feet into the air, if he hadn’t blown the tires he would’ve be at the top! He quickly swapped out the tires and was able to line up in time for his second run and ended up being one of only 5 competitors to make the climb.
Most competitors ended up upside down on this course, “Flipper” really lived up to its name.
Justin Tune, a new competitor in the SRRS series showed no fear as he gave one full-throttle attempt after another on the slick ledges of the Flipper course. After several beat downs his Smith Motorsports chassis finally caught some traction and sent him to the top! Being one of the fastest on Axle Hill as well as one to successfully climb Flipper, Justin was able to take home first place in his first SRRS race!
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