Ever wonder how those Bonneville Salt Flats race cars go so fast with limited transmissions - often no transmissions - and restrictive gear ratios? By using trucks, that's how. For years, racers have used what they call push trucks to literally push the race car down the Bonneville salt until the machine got up to speed. Reaching deep into its heritage, So-Cal Speed Shop of Pomona, California, teamed with GMC to create a Canyon race push truck and, before they knew it, built a wild truck that would set records of its own.
Racers take genuine pride in their race cars, pouring time, blood, sweat, and, in defeat, tears into their respective passions. These top-speed racers quickly realized extra help was needed to get their cars with such high-gear ratios down the raceway. An easy, efficient, and practical solution to their needs was a truck fitted with a custom frontend that could push the race car down the Salt Flats until it reached a speed where it could power itself. Many of the trucks were mobile garages with tools, fuel, food, and supplies on-board for quick repairs and pit stops. Many of these prized trucks were beaters because of the vast funds being poured into the race car. For the select few, however, the push truck was almost as nice as the car and provided an additional outlet for these gearheads to show their custom prowess on and off the raceway.
Combining the build talent and quality of GMC, So-Cal Speed Shop built a GMC Canyon that uses the latest in technology and trends yet is firmly rooted in the popular and long-standing heritage of the legendary race shop. Starting with a Crew Cab Canyon equipped with the new 3.5L I-5 engine, the team at So-Cal Speed Shop began the project with the chassis. Up front, the nose of the GMC was lowered thanks to Eibach lowering springs, dropping the Canyon 2-1/2 inches closer to the salt. In the rear, So-Cal used de-arched leaf springs, blocks, and traction bars to drop the rear 4 inches. Budnik was the wheel of choice, due to its retro-styled Muroc II wheels. The front wheelwells are stuffed with 18x8-inch billets wrapped by Pirelli rubber, sized P245/45R18. Out back, the 19x8-inch Budniks are surrounded by P255/45R19 tires. With the suspension safe and secure, attention was placed on powering the Canyon down the Salt Flats.