Every car in the race will have at least two trucks chasing it. Not on the course but on public two lane roads around the course. Some of the Class 1 cars and trophy trucks have 5 or 6 trucks, if not a chase helicopter...all for the eventuality something goes wrong. Hopefully it's only a breakdown, but sometimes it's worse. Other chase trucks will be specifically to get the driver and co-pilot that out of the disabled car and onto the next pitstop. All of this is networked by radio and satphone. Imagine 350 entrants - all with chase and support vehicles crawling over each other like a bucket of octopi.
We must now assemble a crew of the loyal and insane to drive in a seperate “race” which is the unsanctioned madness of the pitcrews. They will have their own journey, make their own friends and take away their own life altering perspectives from this trip into the wild. The more exciting stories I've heard have been about chase truck drivers towing enclosed trailers on narrow roads with three inches to spare either side, whilst trophy trucks and class one buggies blasted by in the night, the glare of multi-halogened light racks blinding them as they passed at 130mph. I've heard of police convoys speeding down sketchy roads at night, the police themselves refusing to take the lead.
A good chase truck must carry enough to solve any problem: tires, fluids (transmission, oil, water, gas), spare parts, transmissions, suspensions and tools.
We started looking on craiglist at used pickup trucks and had our hearts set on a Diesel Ford F250 or similar. Any diesel truck will be reliable as viagra. NO question it will perform. But these trucks are also expensive and retain their value. Instead, we opted for a 1990 Ford F250 4x4. I googled the towing capacity of the truck - it was 7500 lbs - which will be enough also to be our tow vehicle. Our race car weighs 1500lbs - the trailer shouldn’t weigh more than 2000 empty - which leaves two tons available for the cocktail bar we plan on building inside it.