With a little bit of luck, some great weather and plenty of hard work, residents of Rimbey and area might be able to catch a glimpse of a truck made famous by the television show, Pinks.
The show, which airs of the Speed Network, involves owners of tricked-out and/or modified vehicles racing each other in a quarter-mile drag with the winner getting – you guessed it, the other person’s pink slip.
In other words, the winner of the race gets both vehicles and in one particular case, one of those has ended up in Rimbey.
Through a business connection with the one-time owners of a modified Dodge truck that appeared on the show, Aaron Schaff of CT Performance of Rimbey purchased the truck in October of last year.
After seeing an episode of the show, Schaff and his crew – which includes his mother and father, decided to build their own racing truck and after contacting the original owners, Bulldog High-Performance of Idaho, the two parties got to talking and the next thing you know, they offered to sell it to Schaff.
“We are one of their main distributors for their products in Canada, and after the Pinks show, we were looking at building a race truck and got a hold of Bulldog,” Schaff said. “They said they’d sell us the truck that appeared on the show. But we weren’t actually on the show.
Currently in Las Vegas, Nevada attending the Mopars on the Strip race and convention, Schaff said he’s already raced the truck, including two runs in Boise, Idaho that recorded speeds of 128 mph and 129 mph over the distance of one quarter-mile.
“When we get back from Vegas, we’ll be here for three or four days and then we head to Mission, B.C. for another drag race and competition,” Schaff added.
Local gear-heads need to worry that they haven’t seen the truck make a run yet; all they need is a bit of patience.
If, for whatever reason, the new proposed drag strip in Rimbey is not completed by the end of this coming summer, Schaff said there’s still a way for locals to see the truck in action.
“We’re very excited about the new drag strip coming into Rimbey and we plan on running the truck there every chance we get,” he said. “We’ll also be racing in the Hundred-Foot Shootout this summer in Rimbey with the race truck.”
Of note, while Schaff’s truck actually won on the television show, it lost both runs in Boise despite the impressive speeds it reached.