After many years of “Anticipated Creation” TRACKER TRUCKS has teamed up with Award winning Designer and Former Tracker Rider, Dave Hackett to Design and Co-Author Tracker’s Definitive Archive of over 40 Years of Skateboarding’s first modern truck. TRACKER TRUCKS: “40 YEARS OF TRUCKS YOU CAN TRUST”
The origin of TRACKER TRUCKS dates back to 1973 when the first prototypes were made by Larry Balma and Dave Dominy specifically for Skateboarding. Their Original design was based on Performance, Strength and Quality. For the past 40 years those three words continue to be the driving force of TRACKER TRUCKS.
The TRACKER book will be a collection of photographs, stories, timelines and reflections on TRACKER TRUCKS and it’s rich History from the perspective of the individuals involved in the Design, Innovation, Manufacturing, and Advertising as well as the Professional Riders and Photographers who made TRACKER TRUCKS a staple and major Icon in the Action Sports Industry.
Tracker is a manufacturer of skateboard trucks and truck hardware including bushings, bolts, kingpins and apparel. It was founded by Larry Balma in 1975 and went on to introduce the first wide modern skateboard truck. Back in 1975, the Tracker Fultrack was the first truck in history made specifically for skateboarding by skateboarders to incorporate high quality, performance and strength. Trackers truly were (and still are) the Trucks You Can Trust. On Tracker’s 40th anniversary, those four words continue to be the driving force of the brand. The origin of Tracker Trucks dates back to 1974, when Tracker founders Larry Balma, Dave Dominy and Gary Dodds made the first prototypes. Their teamriders have included Tony Hawk, Jay Adams, Neil Blender, Jim Gray, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Frankie Hill and Kevin Staab.
Larry Balma and his partners are credited with creating the modern skateboard truck in the early 70s. Looking back on this time, Balma calls himself a “fisherman by day and inventor by night.” This was nothing new for the young Alhambra, California native, who built his first skateboard at age 14 so that he “could practice surfing when I couldn’t get to the beach.”
By 1973, Balma had moved to Leucadia and was working as a commercial fisherman. He was patching lobster traps at his house one day, when he recalls: “My friends came by and shouted, ‘come on, we’re going skateboarding!’ I said, ‘skateboarding? I haven’t skateboarded in years.’ They said ‘no, we’ve got these new wheels!’ They were talking about the new polyurethane Cadillac wheels that had just been introduced by Frank Nasworthy.”
Balma credits Nasworthy’s wheels as “the Big Bang” that set his company, Tracker Trucks, and all other modern skateboard companies in motion. From there, he spent most of his free time skating the hills of La Costa and building skateboards with Sure Grip roller skate trucks. It didn’t take long for Balma to make the discovery that more durable bearings were needed to accomplish the type of skating his friends and he were interested in. After pricing out the cost of building this type of gear, Balma and his friends felt unsure whether the public would pay $30 or more for a skateboard. But they kept pushing their innovative ideas anyway, and in 1975, they introduced the first prototype for Tracker Trucks.
Forty years later, the company has taken its place in history as one of the iconic forefathers of skateboarding.
“My original partners Dave Dominy, Gary Dodds, and I knew we were on to something great, but had no idea how it would be accepted and revered all over the world.,” explains Balma. “We are honored that Tracker Trucks was inducted into The Skateboarding Hall of Fame as the 2015 ICON Award recipient.”