Venable's class 8 built by Russ Wernimont driven by Robby Gordon. Class 8 champion, (can't remember what year though). Won the Baja 1000 overall one year (can't remember what year though). Robby got a job racing on pavement , so Rob Macachren (sp?) was the new driver. ( I heard a rumour that he got the job because they only had to peel the "by" from the driver's name decal). One more class 8 title and a Trophy Truck championship for Rob.
That's all that I can remember without my reference material.
Agreed, the old TTs look badass. I think I like looking at them so much more because they still look somewhat like REAL trucks and they used technology and fabrication that is finally attainable by the average joe now days. Trophy Trucks nowdays are cool in an "F1" way -- incredible, yet out of reach of 99% of the desert crowd.
I believe that Robby raced that truck with Frank Vessels before it was sold to the Coynes. I'm pretty sure that we are talking about two diiferent trucks here. Once again, the years all seem to run together and I can't remember when these trucks were raced. Too many beers I guess.
The first truck is from the Venable Stable driven by Robby G. and Rob Mac. The second truck was built by Vessels and Bunderson, Robby got some seat time, and then Coynes bought it. That truck was built with balljoints originally, but once Robby started driving it. they had to change it to king pins because he would drive beyond the parts capabilities. Soon after that, Robby started the current Trophy)star) truck wars. Even he has said he knows whatthe next level is for the fastest trophy truck, but he doesn't want to spend that kind of money.