Judge changes for 2017 Canadian Truck King Challenge
By Howard J Elmer
April 25, 2016 - I am taking this action is a positive affirmation of the strength and unbiased reputation the Challenge has built over the past decade. In large part this move is also a compliment to the quality and reputation of the journalist judges that work so hard each year; making the Truck King Challenge a home-grown success story.
Moving forward I will continue to organize, facilitate and run the annual Challenge – but I entrust the judging – and therefore the results solely to the volunteer judges. Of course every result from every year was always an average across the scores of multiple judges; as fair as possible – but, sometimes, there were whispers of bias. My decision to remove myself from the direct judging process should silence those dissenters.
Despite my stepping out of the judging role - The Canadian Truck King Challenge will move forward in its mission of giving Canadian truck buyers the best and most real world truck testing results in North America. To reinforce this, we have added two new judges this year:
Alan Sidorov of Whistler, B.C. is the chief instructor for the BC Forest Safety Council. He trains drivers for company fleets in the proper use of light trucks and also does extensive tire testing on those same trucks.
Sue Mead of Williamstown, Mass. has asked to be part of the Challenge because our testing formula so intrigued her. Mead writes extensively about trucks – and races them. She has competed in Camel Trophy adventures, the Arctic Circle Challenge, the Tip to Tip Challenge and the TransAmerica Challenge. She has competed in the Baja 1000 and the Dakar Rally in South America and Africa.