Okay, so it’s not really all that much of a “game”, per se. There’s no prize, no winners or losers, and no penalties if you get it wrong. So in that sense, it’s like any game intended for children today; we want to ensure that we preserve your self-esteem. As we all know, whether you win or lose is far less important than whether or not you feel good about yourself, fatty.
Well that went off-topic quickly, didn’t it? Anyhow, play the game. Look through these photos, and name every vehicle on the carriers, and the carriers themselves. If you’re Mike the Dog, of course, I have a higher requirement: you need to tell me the engine option, transmission choice and frequency the optional radio is tuned to, where applicable.
As a side note, be sure to take note of just how friggin’ awesome they used to make car carriers. They were works of art themselves!
Now off you go, and don’t hurt yourselves!
[Thanks to the incomparable engineerd for sending me this awesome gallery.]
Play The Car Transporter Game!
It actually started with length limits. In the '30's, the I.C.C. (Interstate Commerce Commission) decreed that trucks could be no longer than 42' from bumper to bumper. This led to the development of COE's (Cab-Over-Engines) in order to maximize the bed/load area. Cab-Overs suck for many reasons (harsh ride because of the short wheelbase, they're incredibly difficult to work on, no crumple-zone at all- COE drivers always morbidly joke, "I'll be the first person to the scene of the accident!"), but these were the rules and everybody had to play by them. In the '60's they increased the length limit in increments to 65', which meant a normal conventional tractor could pull a 45' trailer, and a day-cab (non-sleeper) COE could pull two 28' pup trailers. When Reagan abolished the ICC in the early-80's, it pretty much became a free-for-all, state by state, and DOT (now the regulatory agency) hustled to put in some sort of consistency, which is constantly flouted to this day. For the most part, a semi-tractor/trailer up to 65' in length is legal anywhere in the States, but car-haulers get a special dispensation that allows them to be 75' long. For the record, I drove Cab-Overs for years, and love them.
Here's what's called a "9-10 car hauler". My buddy that drives one says the only way to get ten of them on is if they're all little cars, but I don't know where you'd put that last one.
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