What would you say if Chevrolet called and asked you to be part of their “100 Years of Chevrolet Trucks” celebration two weeks before Christmas? We said “Sure thing! How many Chevy trucks can we bring?” What they said next was both surprising and super exciting. They told us to bring our two baddest Chevrolet pickup trucks and give rides to members of the media.
Held at Texas Motor Speedway, our thrill rides were a huge hit. Participating media were pleased and, in some cases, surprised that some old pickups could handle like modern race cars. We brought some serious machinery to the party. Chris “Smitty” Smith brought his formidable ’67 C10 pickup and Trent Summers’ and Jason Brady’s angry Blazer. Smitty sold the truck recently, but the new owner was nice enough to lend it to us for the big celebration. It still features a monster 440 cubic inch LS engine and races on our air suspension. Rob MacGregor from No Limit Engineering brought his “Hellboy” C10 race truck while Rob and Brandy Phillips of PCH Rods came out from California with their C10-R pickup.
While we usually attend highly competitive autocross events, this celebration was a chance to show off, blow off some steam and have fun. There was plenty of throttle-oversteer, donuts and use of the rev limiter. One journalist found himself crawling out of Hellboy at the end of his run. These trucks are fast!
Of course, the race trucks represented only a small part of the excitement at the Chevrolet Trucks Centennial Celebration. Many examples of trucks from every decade were on display, including pre-WWII examples, a really cool fruit-laden Carry All and a Chevrolet Performance-equipped C10 custom.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. held a press conference and showed off some of his personal Chevy trucks. His lowered ’49 3100 has plenty of patina and great stance. Numerous 2018 Chevrolet Silverados, Tahoes and Colorados were on hand including Centennial editions. The big news of the day arrived on the end of a long cable. They flew in the 2019 Silverado Z71 by helicopter then drove it across the Texas Motor Speedway infield. We were among the first 1,000 people to see the new design in person. It marks the first Chevrolet truck to represent the next 100 years of production.
All in all, we had a great time. We made a bunch of noise and smoke while delivering many smiles per mile to the countless journalists on hand. At the end of every performance driving event, we usually find ourselves asking one important question: “Who won?” In the case of the Chevrolet Trucks Centennial Celebration, the answer is: Everyone.
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Video and Photos by Kaleb Kelley — GearheadNextDoor.com