Growing up in the 80s and 90s as a fan of off-road desert racing, I can remember the appeal of the race cars and trucks of the era. Before I ever saw one in person, I had my bedroom walls plastered with promotional posters used by the major auto manufactures. Most of them were of Ivan Stewart, our resident Lakeside hometown hero and also a neighbor just down the road. But there was another favorite that featured a prominent and very different looking Chevrolet called the Big Mac Trophy Truck.
I do not know what it was, but this truck was different from the rest by all accounts. It looked different because it was huge at about twenty feet long. Big Mac sounded awesome with the Chevy Big Block motor. And the truck had this crazy a-arm four-wheel-drive. I was enamored with the roaring sound, the staggering speed, and the swooping striped livery fitting of the day.
The truck was part of the Team MacPherson Motorsports program and had factory backing from Chevrolet. Legnedary off-road racers like Larry Roeseler, and Doug Fortin had a few good runs. In fact, 23 years ago, Roeseler won Vegas to Reno in the original Big Mac Trophy Truck.
Method Race Wheels Heritage Series
Today, the heritage of the Big Mac lives on as part of the Method Race Wheels Heritage Series. Tribute #7 is the Big Mac-Millin
with Dan McMillin‘s Mason Motorsports all-wheel-drive truck running the Big Mac colors for the 2022 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno. Dan did well in the head-to-head Time Trials event and qualified third behind Justin Lofton, and Bryce Menzies. All three trucks are Mason Motorsports all-wheel-drive beasts! In the race that just ended only earlier this evening, Dan was able to pull off a 4th place finish, unofficially of course.
Seeing these old tribute themed classic racers adorned on the latest state-of-the-art off-road machines is awesome. What is even cooler is seeing many of the vintage race vehicles being restored to the original glory. Beyond that, many of them are being actively entered in races like the Norra Mexican 1,000 and the Mint 400.
In this fantastic article that outlines the Big Mac story, published on Race-Dezert.com by off-road historian Rory Ward, the original Big Mac Trophy Truck it is in the process of being restored by its current owner Rob Reinertson.
I recall seeing an onboard video of the Big Mac Trophy Truck during a race, and ever since I was a fan. This week, thanks to McMillin Racing in partnership with Method Race Wheels, I got to relive those moments.