When Tow Vehicles Fail, Bring Out The Race Car And A Rope

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Rain and mud cut the January Lone Star Rallycross event short, which caused another problem with the tow vehicles parked in the soft grassy parking area. They got stuck. Most of the rallycross cars, however, didn't get stuck in this mess. Behold, a Subaru towing a Silverado out of the mud.

Both truck and trailer were glued into the ground by the fine, dark Central Texas glorrk that passes for soil around here. When wet, the soil devolves into a bizarre substance that feels like a weird cross between rubber cement and axle grease. It's sticky enough to itself to make a snowman (mudman?), yet driving on it can feel a lot like driving on ice.


The upside of a race car is that most of them either have a tow hook or (given the fact that it will probably break at some point) their owners are extremely familiar with their tow points. Could Brianne Corn and Wayne Stockel's 2010-WRX-drivetrain-swapped 1996 Subaru Brighton coupe (known as "Frankenscooby") tow the sunken truck and trailer out of its hole?

Tow strap acquired and attached. Let's do this, because why not?

The weight of the truck and trailer causes the race car to struggle to find traction. It dances back and forth at the end of the taut tow strap. So, then a bunch of us pushed on the truck to see if our pushing plus the car attempting to drive forward would dislodge the whole mess.

Much flung mud and wheelspin later, sure enough, the entire train of race car, tow vehicle and enclosed trailer was safe and sound on the gravel pavement in front of the shop.

Moral of the story: never underestimate the alternative uses for a race car.

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Here's my failing tremendously in the "dark Central Texas glorrk that passes for soil around here" in action.