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RK Motors Charlotte

November 16, 2011 10:03 ET

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Baja 500 Winning PPI Toyota Trophy Truck to Be Available at RK Motors Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation's premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, is proud to announce the latest addition to its inventory, the PPI Toyota Trophy Truck driven by legendary racer Ivan "Ironman" Stewart from 1994 to 2000. Serial-numbered as chassis #015, the Trophy Truck collected an impressive 10 victories, including four Baja 500 (1994, 1997-'99) wins and one Baja 1000 (1998) win.

"This is a rare opportunity for any motorsports fan," said Joe Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. "Pushed to the limit on the desert terrain of the Baja series by 'Ironman' Stewart, this truck would be a great addition to any collection. It's a chance to acquire a factory-built and supported race truck with a famous, race-winning provenance."

The truck is currently undergoing a complete frame-off restoration by the experts at TM1 Motorsports Inc., in Southern California, and will arrive at the RK Motors Charlotte showroom upon completion. Following each race, the truck was routinely torn down, cleaned, magna-fluxed, scotch-brited and/or glass beaded. Shocks and brakes were completely rebuilt, and fresh paint and a new decal set were part of the process to keep the truck looking fresh. The new owner will receive the #015 PPI as it would have looked prior to the next race.

"As the previous owner of Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI), this truck meant a lot to me and my team through the years," noted Cal Wells III, owner of the #015 PPI Toyota truck. "This truck has historical and personal importance to many people who've worked at PPI and Toyota. For instance, it was the last truck ever designed by Ted Mangles, who won the first Baja 1000 race. After speaking with Joe Carroll and his team at RK Motors Charlotte, I knew it was time for someone new to own, enjoy and appreciate the truck as much as I have."

The truck features a 302 cubic inch Lexus aluminum V8 race engine built by Larry Slutter and the team at TM1 Motorsports. Back when the truck was in action, Mr. Slutter managed the TRD Special Projects Group, who originally built and maintained the PPI Toyota race engines. The engine for this race vehicle will be as close as it gets to the engine originally used by Toyota and PPI during the truck's racing days. This engine puts the power to the ground through a PPI custom made billet main case, five-speed trans-axle assembly.

It also will be equipped with a fully independent double wishbone suspension that travels 22 inches to soak up the toughest desert terrain. A unique hand-built, double ram, rack and pinion, power steering device prevents kickback from the bumps in off-road use, and reduces driver fatigue. The truck sports a distinct power brake system with Brembo four-piston calibers, semi-metallic pads and custom made 14-inch rotors from 4130 chromoly steel. The wheels are 17"X7" PPI purpose built cast and machined race wheels mounted with BFGoodrich 37"X12.5X17" Project KR Baja T/A radials. Together, the tire and wheel assembly weighs nearly 130 lbs.

"When Cal spoke with me about restoring the truck to 'exhibition' status, I knew I couldn't pass on the opportunity to bring this truck back to life," noted Tom Morris, owner of TM1 Motorsports Inc. "This is a trip down memory lane for many of us who've worked on this truck since it was originally built in 1993. It's one of the most significant off-road race vehicles from Toyota, as well as one of the most technically advanced off-road vehicles to date."

Restoration of the truck is scheduled to be completed by mid-December 2011. Current images from the restoration process can be viewed at

About RK Motors Charlotte
RK Motors Charlotte is the nation's premier restorer, re-seller and provider of classic, muscle and high-performance cars. The company was created in 2010 when Robert Kauffman, founder of RK Collection and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, and Joseph M. Carroll, founder of Best of Show Automotive, leveraged their success and experience to create RK Motors Charlotte. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has a showroom at 5527 Lakeview Road and a custom build and service facility located at 5523 Lakeview Road. RK Motors Restoration is located in Mentor, Ohio. Additional information on selling, consigning or restoring a collector car is available at The media can contact Jennifer Pullen, TimePiece PR & Marketing, for more data at (713) 855-9312 or at

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