“Race Car In Tow.” In the early days, racers would flat tow their cars to the track. The only thing that made it a tow rig was a tow bar and the sticker on the back warning other drivers on the road that the vehicle they were following was being pulled by the vehicle in front of it. Soon the pros began bringing their cars on trailers, and there was more than a little bit of status associated with it. Funny Car teams used ramp trucks. Before long, with racers being the competitive lot they are, trucks or trailers that were enclosed became the rage. The big names favored the Chaparral fifth wheel rigs. Prudhomme, Blue Max, Mongoose, and many others had these. The classic Chaparrals were heavy but they could last a real long time and go lots of miles. The pits would be abuzz about who had the nicest rig. Then it happened. Billy Meyer showed up with an 18-wheeler. A major challenge for organizers today is where to park everybody. Multiple-car teams, hospitality trailers, technology trailers, toter homes, and motor homes with stacker trailers are all vying for prime spots.

In many ways, the right race rig is a true competitive advantage. First is the statement it makes. When you pull into your pit spot and those air brakes release, everyone knows a serious competitor has just arrived. Secondly, it’s a shop on wheels. Generators and air compressors make all levels of repairs and maintenance possible right on site. You can run your car hard knowing repairs can be performed and extra parts are on hand. I saw one Pro Stock team with no fewer than 15 third members in their trailer. The hauler becomes a shop, lounge, restaurant, and motel. And it’s an impressive billboard for sponsor logos, colors, and messages.

Like many, I started by driving my daily driver to the track. Back then the words “enclosed trailer” were bantered about in revered tones. Only one or two of “us” had one. Then over the years, one constant I’ve seen at every level is that guys care about, love on, and dream about their race rigs. Bob Newberry, a man known as a racer’s racer, an engine builder, a nuts and bolts kind of guy, surprised me one time when he said, “I enjoy having my stuff all shined up at the track.” It was then I felt validated, and realized this is pretty much universal. In fact, one trailer manufacturer says, “If you can dream it, we can build it.”

A quick word about racing lingo. The proper terminology regarding a race rig is “deal.” As in, “Jack’s deal is big enough to haul two cars.” While other truckers may say ‘rig’, ‘Kenworth,’ or even ‘truck’, the word in the pits is “deal.” Deal also commonly suffices for words such as car, event, race, situation, engine combination, track, set of rules, or weather. Now you can speak fluent racer.

So what’s it like inside one of the higher end deals? The Maxmotive transporter is a Freightliner M2 Business Class with a Renegade stacker. The truck is just plain luxurious with its supple ostrich leather interior and beautiful cherry wood trim. It’s loaded with power options and a back-up camera. It’s stored inside and driven just 2-3 times a year. The trailer is a Renegade with A/C, lift, room for 3 cars, and fresh Hankook tires. The truck is a plush Western Hauler conversion with polished Alcoa wheels. Mr. Maxwell has just announced that it is available for sale. Your dream deal could be right here.

A modern car hauler indulges its passengers as well as its cargo. Satellite TV, complete kitchen, bedroom, and shower facilities, and designer decor are what today’s driver demands. Builders must be creative and innovative in order to stay competitive. Part of the fun at a national event is strolling the pits and taking in the truck show. The “deals” are polished, detailed, and sparkling, reflecting the pride and professionalism of their owners.

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In the early days, most racers and hotrodders made an instant tow rig by affixing a sticker like this to the rear window of the hot rod and flat towing it to their events.

In the early days, most racers and hotrodders made an instant tow rig by affixing a sticker like this to the rear window of the hot rod and flat towing it to their events.

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The MAXmotive rig is stored inside. That’s a tremendous help in keeping everything clean and in good mechanical condition between events.

The MAXmotive rig is stored inside. That’s a tremendous help in keeping everything clean and in good mechanical condition between events.

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Ramp trucks are still cool! In the sixties and seventies many pro racers in super stock and Funny Car criss-crossed the country in an outfit like this. One great thing about a ramp truck is that any car looks great on it; it’s like a rolling display. This is a very tasty 1969 Shelby GT350 standing tall on the MAXmotive hauler.

Ramp trucks are still cool! In the sixties and seventies many pro racers in super stock and Funny Car criss-crossed the country in an outfit like this. One great thing about a ramp truck is that any car looks great on it; it’s like a rolling display. This is a very tasty 1969 Shelby GT350 standing tall on the MAXmotive hauler.

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Today’s pro teams are so well-equipped that they can literally rebuild their cars at the track. In fact, the transporter is so organized and stocked that the team pulls it into the shop and works out of it there just like they do at the races. This is Matt Hagen’s Charger nitro Funny Car, part of the massive Don Schumacher Racing operation.

Today’s pro teams are so well-equipped that they can literally rebuild their cars at the track. In fact, the transporter is so organized and stocked that the team pulls it into the shop and works out of it there just like they do at the races. This is Matt Hagen’s Charger nitro Funny Car, part of the massive Don Schumacher Racing operation.

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While this car appears to be pretty much torn down, it is only routine maintenance for a Pro Stock team. This is Deric Kramer’s Camaro between rounds.

While this car appears to be pretty much torn down, it is only routine maintenance for a Pro Stock team. This is Deric Kramer’s Camaro between rounds.

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World Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence has a state of the art operation. Notice how clean and neat everything is, even in the heat of competition.

World Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence has a state of the art operation. Notice how clean and neat everything is, even in the heat of competition.

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7. The only time a Funny Car is driven is when it’s on the track. The rest of the time, it’s towed around with a support vehicle like this. This Durango is another item that is hauled in the race transporter. Behind the Durango are the two 18-wheel rigs for the Ron Capps Funny Car team, plus the hospitality suite for guests. The hospitality suite features the menu and atmosphere of a fine dining restaurant, and it has its own 18-wheel transporter.

7. The only time a Funny Car is driven is when it’s on the track. The rest of the time, it’s towed around with a support vehicle like this. This Durango is another item that is hauled in the race transporter. Behind the Durango are the two 18-wheel rigs for the Ron Capps Funny Car team, plus the hospitality suite for guests. The hospitality suite features the menu and atmosphere of a fine dining restaurant, and it has its own 18-wheel transporter.

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This little gem is a 1941 Chevrolet COE ramp truck with sleeper. It’s diesel powered with an automatic transmission, and it’s fun to drive. Again, any car looks cool perched on this rig.

This little gem is a 1941 Chevrolet COE ramp truck with sleeper. It’s diesel powered with an automatic transmission, and it’s fun to drive. Again, any car looks cool perched on this rig.

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Here’s the mighty MAXmotive hauler fueled up, loaded up, and shined up ready to hit the road for a big show. Often the rig was even used as part of the MAXmotive display at indoor custom car shows. It makes a nice impression as a backdrop, plus it’s a great headquarters where the crew can hang out, take a break, or entertain clients and guests. It can be yours; it is now available.

Here’s the mighty MAXmotive hauler fueled up, loaded up, and shined up ready to hit the road for a big show. Often the rig was even used as part of the MAXmotive display at indoor custom car shows. It makes a nice impression as a backdrop, plus it’s a great headquarters where the crew can hang out, take a break, or entertain clients and guests. It can be yours; it is now available.