In the past, CLASSIC TRUCKS would probably look at an event such as Run to the Coast as something that was over the top for our readers. But just like anything, I wanted to push the limit of what is considered too far. Anyone who has been following any of my tech stories knows that I'm building a truck that is streetable, but has the ability to have fun on the autocross. The most important thing to me is that the truck is driven on the street, and autocross becomes the second priority.
So in a nutshell it's not a full-on race truck, but it does have stuff that some people would categorize as in between. Big Wilwood brakes and RideTech shocks can also be used on the average street-driven truck, and besides that, they look great. So if you're into performance, like drag racing, autocross, and road racing, this might be an event for you. OK, you may not like to flog your truck around a track, but do you watch NASCAR, Indy, or any other form of racing? Well then, this is very similar in format.
The event is held twice a year at the former El Toro Marine base in Irvine, California, and put on by the boys at American Street Car Series. You may have seen some of these familiar faces on the Speed Channel show called “R U Faster Than a Red Neck.” Bill Howell, Yanci D. Johns, and Brian Finch collectively put on a great format for American cars and trucks to test what our creations are capable of. At the beginning of the year, the event is called Run to the Coast, and at the end of the year it is called Return to the Coast.
The format is simple in that you are competing against a clock either for your personal best time or compete to beat your friends. In our case we were competing against a few other trucks, but for the most part I was trying to see how many cars I could be faster than. Trucks don't look like they can handle, but when you stack them up with some really impressive cars they do alright. Unlike a Goodguys event where there is only one track, RTTC has a speed stop challenge, autocross, and a road course where each driver's vehicle will have about two hours to compete per track.
Speed stop challenges work like this: drag race for about 1,000 yards and hard on the brakes for a left-hand 180 into a slalom course, then to stop in a box. Hit a cone and it adds a second to your time; miss the stop box and you are disqualified for that run. Sounds easy right? I can tell you that watching makes it look easy, but miss your first left hander because you didn't brake in time to make the corner and your time will suffer. Hit a cone on the slalom and wonder what you did wrong till the next run.
Autocross is very similar to the Goodguys events except we are on an empty runway so the track is way longer and can be set up to be very challenging in spots. Think you have it down and then end up hitting a cone or going to fast for the next turn and again your time will suffer.
Road course … this is where you must have your act together because this is no longer at the average Joe's level of driving. Unlike the autocross or speed stop challenge this is where the speeds can reach 100-plus mph. What is fun for some might be slightly intimidating to others and that includes myself. I'm no professional road race-car driver; I only pretend to be in my head. So if you are not sure about the road course speeds then don't do it until you get more practice on the smaller and safer autocrosses.
First thing in the morning Bill, Brian, and Yanci hold a driver safety meeting about what
The vehicles were separated by three run groups and each group was given a color-coated st
 Rob McGregor is one of the favorites to watch of all the trucks because his C10 is fa
Mike Hickman is equally entertaining because for the last two RTTC events he has made it i
David Wheeler has built one cool '57 Chevy pickup. The truck has a one-off chassis built b
This is my truck and has been in the pages of CLASSIC TRUCKS as a project for the last few