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Watch: Like Linebackers Excelling at Ballet, European Truck Trials Balance Brute Strength with Finesse

Posted March 23, 2021 12:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: trucks and SUVs

For some reason, truck trials have never caught on here in the States. Perhaps because it's too slow. Perhaps because we don't have enough military surplus 8x8 trucks out in private hands. Perhaps because we just love county fairground Tuff Truck racing too much. Whatever the reason, it's a shame, as today's entry in our ongoing survey of global motorsport shows.

Popular across eastern Europe, truck trials aren't about speed or raw displays of power - instead, they're about control and finesse, which is admittedly a strange thing to say about massive turbodiesel Tatras and DAFs slinging mud out in the middle of a field. Truck trials aren't even really about competition, considering that sometimes the best available equipment to help turn over turtled trucks or pull them from the muck is the truck awaiting its turn.

Exactly what the rules are, I don't know, but it's still fascinating to watch. The annual event at Mohelnice in the Czech Republic seems to be one of the highlights of the truck trials calendar, and as we can see from the videos, this isn't just some thing for truck anoraks to delight in out away from the rest of the world - it seems to be something multiple demographics come out to watch.

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