If you asked someone from a different part of the world what sort of vehicle Americans tend to drive, there would only be one answer: pickup trucks. We love these utilitarian work horses here in the United States, especially now that trucks are some of the most luxurious offerings on the market. That said, there is genuine fervor that exists out there for classic trucks of a certain vintage, before they became the cushy and comfortable vehicles they are today. Classic truck values have been growing as of late, particularly from the ever-popular Radwood era. Chief among the trucks gaining some extra financial love is the Chevrolet C/K 1500 from the GMT 400 era. These truck’s aren’t known for being fast, or particularly good to drive, however. So then it’s perfect that Misha Charoudin stuck a square-boi Chevrolet pickup truck on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Charoudin is a popular automotive YouTuber who lives just outside of the Nurburgring in Germany. He recently acquired this 1989 Chevrolet C/K 1500 from eBay as a gift for fellow YouTuber Robert Mitchell. In order to thank his friend for the nice gift from his childhood, Mitchell took Charoudin for a lap around the Nordschleife in the aging truck. It may not be a vehicle that is made for carving up the 2.94 miles and 73 tricky corners of the ‘Ring, but the GMT 400 goes after it regardless.
The early part of the lap was hampered by a yellow flag out on track, but things eventually got up to GMT 400 pace. By that we mean that the pair are certainly going around the track, albeit in a way that you’d expect a 30-something year old Chevrolet pickup truck to do. That said, we do get to watch as the C/K 1500 slams the notoriously dangerous curbs of the Nordschleife with genuine American abandon. It may not be a record breaking lap by any means, but it sure does look like a fun time.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an MC&T staffer who wouldn’t love a Chevrolet C/K 1500. You’d have an ever harder time finding someone willing to admit they don’t wanna lap the Nordschleife. That said, I’m not entirely sure that I want to live out the situation we’re seeing unfold in this video. As fun as it may be to tool along in an old-school American icon, something feels a bit wrong about the whole ordeal. The photos do look incredible, however.