BD Diesel Event Recap

BD Diesel Challenge Recap

NWDC heads north of the border


There are many stops on the inaugural tour for the Northwest Dyno Circuit this year, but only twice does the circuit cross over onto Canadian soil. The first of two BD Diesel Performance Dyno events occurred on May 23—with the second scheduled for late September. For most diesel enthusiasts living in the states, the drive to Abbotsford, BC, is a little out of the way, but those who attended were rewarded with another great Dyno Days event from this industry giant.

BD Diesel celebrated its 43 years in business with its 20th annual Spring Dyno Days, which is known in Canada as the “Granddaddy of the Diesel Dyno Days in North America” with cash being awarded in the top horsepower classes.

Since BD Diesel was part of the Northwest Dyno Circuit, it meant NWDC Director Brandon Pierce was on hand producing a live video feed and constantly updating the NWDC website with information so those not able to make the trip up north could still follow the event.  

“Having live video with updated truck numbers on our website is important to our overall success, but it especially makes sense when the event is a two-day drive for a lot of the trucks that are part of the circuit,” said Pierce following the event. “Plus we want to support great companies like BD Power who do a lot for our industry.” 

The overall winner in the Open Class went to Donavan Harris and his 2004.5 Dodge 3500 which came in at 1,146.3hp and 2,676 ft/lbs. of torque! That was nearly 300hp more than the closest truck, which was Tyler Mize and his ’07 Dodge 3500 at 854.5hp. Dodge had a great showing at the Dyno Challenge this year with the five top trucks all being Rams. Plus over 65 percent of the total trucks ran on the dyno were Dodge trucks, including Mitchell Fried who took first place in the Twin class with 831.5hp and 1941 ft/lbs. of torque with his Dodge 3500. 

Brady Hoolsema and his 2008 Ford F350 earned first place in the Stock Modified class when his 6.4L reached 659.8hp and 1,540 ft/lbs. of torque. The best Duramax came in at 702.2hp and 1639 ft/lbs. of toque and that was from Dustin Van Wingerden and his 2007 Chevy that included twin turbos from Screamin Diesel Performance.

The majority of the trucks were equipped with upgraded parts from BD Diesel Performance, including the Diesel Tech magazine 6.4L Project Truck that was on display. The truck is currently still being built and includes BD’s twin turbos, UpPipe and Manifold kit, Xtruded Charge Air Cooler as well as its new 6.4L Tap Shifter and exhaust brake.

During the event, BD Diesel owner Brian Roth walked around and talked with those in the crowd with his familiar smile. He enjoys hosting dyno events because it helps bring truck owners together.

“I see it as our responsibility to give owners a chance to showcase their trucks and without our venue who else can really do it, stated Roth. “We’ve been holding our dyno events since the mid 90s and its rewarding for us to see our customers enjoying the products we develop as well.”

Besides hosting the event, BD Diesel also purchased the food and lunch that was available to those in attendance by making a donation to the Children’s Hospital.

The event concluded back at BD Diesel headquarters where trucks competed in the crowd-favorite Dirty Drifting. In the parking lot on a closed-off course, trucks smoked their tires and drifted around the track. When done the winner was determined by the cheers from the crowd as cash was awarded to the driver who kept his wheels chirping the longest.

Next up on the tour is the NHRDA Diesels On The Mountain event in Colorado, which kicks off this weekend with the NWDC Circuit being held on Saturday, May 30 at Bandimere Speedway.