Richard Schroeder originally built the Emergency West twin-engine wheelstander in 1985 and campaigned it for a number of years before his passing in 2007. The loss of the elder Schroeder, however, opened a brand new chapter, as his son, Chris, retrieved the truck from storage and took possession of it with the intent of returning it to its former wheel-standing glory.
Chris Schroeder joined forces with a gentleman known only as Desperado, and his team at North-side Choppers in Bartlett, Ill., and together they've invested countless, painstaking man hours to restore the Emergency West pickup to its original running condition. Featuring a pair of 520 cubic inch, supercharged power-plants with a combined 3,500 horsepower mounted in the bed, Emergency West is slated to make its return to the drag-strip in 2013 with a full schedule of events all across the country with Desperado at the wheel.
Emergency West is one of the most unique exhibition vehicles on the world. Whether it’s the two alcohol burning engines with 3500 horsepower, the flame show, the light show or raising the front end in the air over the quarter mile, fans are amazed at the show.
Its not all about the drag strip as far as big shows goes @ T.R.P. this year in 2104. T.R.P. has been working hard on the Dirt side of the shows for 2014, and with the help from Larry Ashlock and his friend last Saturday we are know going to go on the map for having one of the premiere dirt / mud racing venues in the Tulsa area. Larry and crew knocked out the tree's and extending the Dirt track / Mud Bog track shutdown area to right @ a 1/4 mile from start to stop on both tracks. In doing so, it makes for plenty of shutdown now on both sides of the dirt / mud racing. This added addition along with the new railing and safety barriers being put into place, will ensure that the T.R.P. events will not only be safer for the racers, but also for the fans, which should make for some great racing action. With the addition of the added shutdown area and the new guard rails and concrete barriers, this should help the current organizations and shows that are already performing with us this year be better and bigger, and it should also help bring in some new heavy hitters for all the Dirt / Mud events this year which we are pretty excited about. We also want to thank Chad Harper for coming down and smoothing out the flat track during the renovation on Saturday. As you can tell in the pictures, we are not done completely with all the improvements, but a huge portion of them have been done, and we are shooting for full completion "weather permitting" before the first M.A.M.R. event. Our First Mid America Mud Race is Saturday May 3rd with gates opening @ 12 p.m., and we are also having our first ever Midnight Dirt Drags on May 3rd with gates opening @ 8 p.m. for that. So all you Dirt / Mud freaks and geeks, get ready to get your Mud on @ T.R.P. in 2014, and thanks for all the support in the past, and the bright future @ T.R.P.