Recently we posted about the growing motorsport of Rock Bouncing and one of the superstars that competes each year, Tim Cameron. Cameron has a new vehicle named the MoneyMaker that he built using Independent Front Suspension thinking that would give him a better chance at keeping the front wheels in contact with the ground. Normally rock bouncers will use a solid front axle because it is incredibly strong but lacks the ability to maintain contact with the road unless the suspension does some serious articulation work.
When we first reported on Tim, he had just completed the Money Maker but had not yet used it off road so we only got a walk. Well we are happy to announce that we found video of the Money Maker in action and this thing is an even bigger beast than we first thought it would be. The Money maker was doing its thing, climbing anything in site, and looked like it would be the sure winner, but unfortunately for Tim he ran into some major mechanical issues right at the top of the hill. As he was just about to crest the top of the hill, Cameron hit a decent size bump at speed that made direct contact to the drivers side and it really didn’t appear to be that big of an impact, but clearly looks were deceiving in this situation because immediately following the impact the whole front wheel assembly came flying off. Yup you are exactly right, the ” new idea” of doing the IFS is where things went wrong. It appears as if there was a major metal sheared in the incident.
One thing that caught my eye in the video that he breaks, was the tires! It looks like he has cut some of the knobbies off the tire, I assume to alow them to clean out better and grip that southern clay-like mud.
Here is a video of Cameron breaking in the MoneyMaker. Damn this thing sounds so good.