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RPM Offroad Shop Tour & Open House

RPM Offroad's 22,000 square-foot shop in Bristol, TN played host to an Open House event on June 15, 2013 with over 1,000 visitors throughout the day.
RPM Offroad’s 22,000 square-foot shop in Bristol, TN played host to an Open House event on June 15, 2013 with over 1,000 visitors throughout the day.

 

In the past few years the crew from RPM Offroad in Bristol, TN has taken the west coast desert-racing scene by storm competing in multiple SCORE and BITD classes racking up over 50 wins and more than 15 championships along the way. Traveling over 2,000 miles across the country to compete against the west coast based teams on a regular basis the RPM Offroad team has routinely come out on the podium in many cases on the top step. Team leaders Justin Mattney and Clyde Stacy invited us up to the second annual RPM Offroad Open House on Saturday June 15, 2013 held at their 22,000 square foot shop located a stones throw down the road from the famous Bristol Motor Speedway.

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The large showroom features displays for wheel, tires and virtually every other part a gear head would need for his truck including engine performance parts and a large apparel section.

 

The crew had race vehicles, prerunners and off roaders on display in addition to the standard off road shop fare in the show room. In addition to the vehicle displays, vendors including American Tire, BDS Suspension, Baja Designs, Fab Tech, Fluidyne Radiators, JD Squared, KMC Wheels, Mastercraft Safety, Odyssey Batteries, Oreilly’s Auto Parts, Renegade RC, Rigid Industries, Slime, Snap-on, Toyota of Kingsport, Traxxas, Wheel Pros, Westin, and Yukon Gear showed off their latest and greatest offerings and products. Attendees were also treated to a catered lunch by Shindig’s catering with hot dogs, burgers, chili and even fresh made potato chips, and of course plenty of cold water and SPEED Energy drinks were on hand to help keep the Tennessee heat at bay.

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Don’t you wish you had an RC track outside the doors at your shop? The races after work can be intense at times!

 

Alongside the shop the RPM crew built a small off road track to hone their driving skills with radio control trucks and buggies. The track was open throughout the day with trucks ripping through the turns and over the jumps to the delight of onlookers young and old. The crew from Renegade RC brought out a bunch of trucks including a large 1/5-scale gas truck for demos on the RPM track. Many youngsters in attendance were able to try out Traxxas RC trucks for their first time. We even saw a few families purchase a Traxxas truck or two from the sales team liberating them from the showroom display shelves for some serious backyard fun.

Brandon Baker's 2010 Dodge won the dyno competition by putting 750 horsepower and 1,480 lbs/ft of torque to the rollers on the Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno manned by the crew from Fast Enough Performance in Lexington, KY.
Brandon Baker’s 2010 Dodge won the dyno competition by putting 750 horsepower and 1,480 lbs/ft of torque to the rollers on the Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno manned by the crew from Fast Enough Performance in Lexington, KY.

 

Traxxas RC action was intense on the track and on the dyno!
Traxxas RC action was intense on the track and on the dyno!

 

As if drooling over the racecars, watching scale off roaders and seeing great off road products was not enough for gear heads the crew from Fast Enough Performance brought their chassis dyno down to see what the cars and trucks could throw down. Thirty vehicles were strapped down to the Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno with big numbers delivered from a pair of 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500s that both broke the 500 horsepower barrier, but the highest numbers of the day came from Brandon Baker’s 2010 Ram 2500 and its 6.7L Cummins engine that was modified and upgraded by the RPM Offroad crew. Baker’s Ram put 750 horsepower and 1,480 lbs/ft of torque to the rollers. The lowest dyno number of the day came from our own completely stock Robby Gordon Edition Traxxas Slash RC truck that spun the roller with 0.1 horsepower and 7-pounds of tractive force!

The 2013 Baja 500 Class 1 winning Geiser Truggy driven by Justin Mattney was also on display in the large shop.
The 2013 Baja 500 Class 1 winning Geiser Truggy driven by Justin Mattney was also on display in the large shop.

 

Even after the wild ride at the 500 Jim Bunn's sportsman truck was on hand and didn't look too bad at all.
Even after the wild ride at the 500 Jim Bunn’s sportsman truck was on hand and didn’t look too bad at all.

 

Robby Gordon always takes time to make his young fans feel special, even with his crazy-busy schedule.
Robby Gordon always takes time to make his young fans feel special, even with his crazy-busy schedule.

 

More than 1,000 visitors were also able to meet and hang out with RPM Offroad drivers and crew including Clyde Stacy, Derek Fletcher, Jim Bunn, Justin Mattney and Lalo Laguna. Robby Gordon also took time out of his busy schedule to come and spend some time with fans paying special attention to the young ones in attendance.

The walls in the RPM Offroad shop are constant reminders that they have a rich desert racing history despite their Bristol, TN location.
The walls in the RPM Offroad shop are constant reminders that they have a rich desert racing history despite their Bristol, TN location.

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Usually carnage from a dyno even comes from under the hood—in Bristol it happened to the shop, where the outer pane of glass was broken during a dyno run by one of the big diesel trucks, were not sure if it was a dislodged rock the resonance from the exhaust, but we could not find an impact point on the glass. Mike Rhodes threw some packing tape on the glass to keep it from fully collapsing.
Usually carnage from a dyno even comes from under the hood—in Bristol it happened to the shop, where the outer pane of glass was broken during a dyno run by one of the big diesel trucks, were not sure if it was a dislodged rock the resonance from the exhaust, but we could not find an impact point on the glass. Mike Rhodes threw some packing tape on the glass to keep it from fully collapsing.

 

We had a great day in Bristol, TN with the RPM Offroad crew, they showed great southern hospitality to everyone. If you want to see what’s behind the big orange RPM Offroad race machine here’s you chance to take a look behind the curtain. Take a look through the photo gallery to see what you missed.

Photos by Chris Tobin and Kyle Tobin

DYNO RESULTS

Name

Year

Make

Model

HP

TQ

Brandon Baker

2010

Dodge

750

1480

David Patrick

2007

Dodge

696

1450

Brinkley Wilson

2008

Ford

573

1250

Brett Gant

2008

Ford

570

1250

Ron Redmon

2013

Ford

Mustang Shelby GT500

560

660

Chris Christian

2000

Ford

548

1050

Freddy Sparks

2004

Chevy

518

1050

Donald Faulk

1994

Dodge

516

980

Adam Doan

2008

Ford

511

1290

Brian Simpson

2003

Chevy

509

950

Cody Simpson

2006

Chevy

505

1000

Jackie Rhodes

2013

Ford

Mustang Shelby GT500

504

610

Thomas Pender

1999

Dodge

489

780

Lucas Vaughn

2005

GMC

476

950

Jesse Bowman

2006

Dodge

451

920

Brandon Nave

2004

Chevy

443

880

Devin Stevens

1998

Dodge

416

950

Josh Davenport

2007

Chevy

388

970

Brett Gant

2003

Ford

385

700

Seth Carter

2012

Dodge

2500

381

930

Cameron Ritter

1993

Dodge

381

660

Brian Stanley

1991

Dodge

363

600

Jackie Rhodes

2012

Ford

341

750

Crystal Sutherland

2007

Toyota

328

700

Brian Stanley

1991

Dodge

325

550

Will Riner

2005

Ford

336

600

Glen Hagman

2007

Toyota

265

320

Jonathan Roe

2004

Chevy

197

350

Devon Steedly

2013

Can-Am

Maverick XRS 1000R

71

N/A

Chris Tobin

2012

Traxxas

Slash Robby Gordon

0.1

N/A

Sources:

RPM Offroad
1804 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
423.573.3300
www.rpmoffroad.com

Fast Enough Performance Dyno Service
710 Downs Avenue
Lexington, KY 40505
859.258.2015
www.fastenough.com

2 Comments

  1. I have always thought Bristol was a little too far from the Baja action.
    Have they thought of a sister shop in San Diego? Las Vegas?

  2. Just purchased a 2014 Ram 1500 Quad cab 5.7 L. Hemi . Would like to fit 36″-38″ A.T. tires .
    As far as the lift kit goes ( suspention ) how would this work out with the bumper to bumper/ drive train warranty ? Any info would be appreciated ! I live here in Bristol , can’t wait to stop by.

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