By on January 9, 2010

You want see the power of torque? Watch these over-boosted big rigs lift front wheels and twist frames as they haul full (oversize?) loads up a hill at the 2009 Rodeo du Camion in Quebec. There’s several more races to chose from after the first. Who said those Canucks were all mild-mannered socialists?

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  • avatar
    Jimal

    Not for nothing, but those Jersey barriers aren’t going to prevent one of those things from veering into the crowd and taking out THE ENTIRE CROWD. Nevermind the crowd control fencing that allows the crowd to reach out and touch the passing trucks. Crazy.

  • avatar
    paul_y

    When Canada needs to get something done, they don’t screw around.

  • avatar
    50merc

    Jimal is right–it’s a disaster waiting to happen–but it is nice to see Canadian and US gearheads share an affection for power, noise and belching exhaust pipes. Just hope their equivalent of the EPA doesn’t see this video.

  • avatar
    Lee in MD

    Cough, cough, cough… I love it!

  • avatar
    educatordan

    I love this but it also reminds me how much cleaner regular semis have gotten.  I used to see smoke like that every time the light turned green and there was a big rig sitting there.  Not any more thank god.

  • avatar
    forraymond

    We could learn a whole lot from those Socialists.

    • 0 avatar
      reclusive_in_nature

      When I need to know how to pass the time while I’m waiting months for a medical procedure I could have got within a week in a pre-socialist America I’ll be sure to ask a Canadian.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      It can take months here in the US as well. Not every part of the country has an abundance of physicians.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      When I need to know how to pass the time while I’m waiting months for a medical procedure I could have got within a week in a pre-socialist America I’ll be sure to ask a Canadian.
       
      You need to insert “if you’re lucky enough to have money or group insurance that doesn’t suck” after “week”.

    • 0 avatar
      no_slushbox

      The reason that Canada can still have events like these, while they have generally become too “risky” in the US, is that national health insurance eliminates the need for, and risk of, lawsuits to recover medical expenses when people are injured.  The “paid and suffering” recoveries are a small part of personal injury, most of the personal injury tort recoveries in the US go to paying for medical expenses that aren’t an issue in Canada.  So the “socialists” still have the freedom to stage events like these.

  • avatar
    Cerbera LM

    Got Torque?

    This race is on my bucket list.

    rodéo du camions 2007

    rodéo du camions 2007

  • avatar
    obbop

    US 82 in New Mexico.
     
    From From US 70/US 54 east to Cloudcroft.
    Ride in a fully loaded semi-truck to experience the fight of torque against gravity.
    Do  not recommend traveling the other direction (downhill) in anything with weight involved.
    Quite impressive.
    Most dangerous uphill/downhill for a loaded semi I happened across during the trucking years.
    Not declaring there are not more dangerous stretches but I was an asphalt trucker, not trees or coal on a path bulldozed out of the side of a mountain.
    I am not too insane.

  • avatar

    Yeah we do have too many socialists up here but I’m not sure about the mild-mannered part. The exception to socialism is Alberta where I live. We are a little like Texans with snowdrifts and it’s a good fit for me.

  • avatar
    Philip Riegert

    Agreed. I like in Calgary and we are always the last to show how conservative we are not.
     
    That race was awesome.

  • avatar

    Let them truckers roll, 10-4! I may have to attend one of those.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Wonder how long it will be before Greenpeace protesters show up on electric mopeds trailing banners and trying to get run under the wheels…

    Wall-to-wall 10-4 on the massive liability risk good buddy! You sure have to have faith in all the heat-treated, machined, and screwed-together components, the skill of the mechanics and drivers or be totally oblivious to the risk (kind of like watching WRC)…

    I’m also wondering about the rubber laid down at the top of the hill which abruptly goes from the LH over to the RH lane.

  • avatar
    CyCarConsulting

    And they complain about our acid rain

  • avatar

    Psarhjinian +100. I am self-employed and pay nearly 10 grand a year for health insurance for myself.

  • avatar
    kamikaze2b

    It’s all fun and games until 500 people are killed!

  • avatar
    Dimwit

    Wow! That was extremely cool. I never seen anything like that on the road before, just tractor pulls.
    Given the twist it’s a wonder that that front wheel could touch the pavement again.

  • avatar
    don1967

    Alberta gets credit for being the bad boy of Canada, but you’ve gotta give those Quebeckers an honourable mention.
     
    The only thing missing from that race was a Prius-ramming section.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      Quebec, especially the rural areas, can be astonishingly red-neckish.  I get the same feeling of “You ain’t from here, are ya, boah?” in places like Trois Rivieres that I’ve gotten in the deep American south.  Actually, no, I get it doubly because of the deep anti-Anglo sentiment in some places.
       
      Of course, there’s also stuff like this.

    • 0 avatar
      no_slushbox

      >psarhjinian

      You got something against using a designated driver, boy?

  • avatar
    dancote

    It’s times like these I’m proud my Mom was Canadian.

  • avatar
    troonbop

    Psar, does your entire world view consist of offensive and tired stereotypes?
    BTW, did you hear that line from an early Woody Allen film about the man who committed suicide by inhaling next to an Armenian?  Funny stuff, eh?

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      mean.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      Psar, does your entire world view consist of offensive and tired stereotypes?
       
      Yup.
       
      Now, to be fair, I’m using a stereotype as a metaphor, but there are a lot of similarities between northern Quebeckers and the more nationalist American southener (more than between, perhaps, that southerner and an Angelino or New Yorker), starting with an agrarian economy at the heel of an industrial one, a strong secessionist history and a sense of misunderstanding at the hands of their countrymen.
       

  • avatar
    John B

    Only in Quebec.

  • avatar
    chicletgrin

    I’ve actually been to this. It’s in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, which is near New Liskeard, Ontario, and it’s held August long weekend. Definitely a unique experience. My best memory of the races a few years ago: On the right side of the video you see people standing on a sidewalk. Well the front lawns of the houses there had little “refreshment” stands that sold beer under the table. Here I was standing on the sidewalk, enjoying a brew (I mean Blue) and I notice the guy standing next to me, also drinking a beer. He was one of the on-duty paramedics for the event, in uniform with his full kit. Hilarious. And yes, the poutine was awesome.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    The Coors Light banner was a nice touch.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Wheeeeeee.  In the grand scheme of things, what harm will that smoke do?

    I love the wheelie…how much torque do those things have anyway?

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    Paul, I know trucks are your secret fetish, but please stop now. I used to work with truckers and the 5% who treated their full time job as a hobby are truly some of the scariest people I know. Please don’t turn this into a big rig blog!

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