August 2015: Tracker Trucks the innovator of the modern skateboard truck design presented an early production skateboarding truck and the newly released book, TRACKER-Forty Years of Skateboard History to Jane Rogers, Associate Curator for the Smithsonian Museum of American History-Sports Innovation.
Prior to 1975, skateboards teetered on weak narrow roller skate trucks that were no match for the increasingly demanding terrain and tricks that proliferated during the sport's second wave of popularity in the early 1970s. Brought on by the appearance of Cadillac polyurethane wheels in 1973, this "Big Bang" of modern day skateboarding influenced a multitude of companies to spring up overnight to churn out skateboard equipment for the masses. In 1974 North San Diego County, California, legendary proving grounds such as La Costa, the Kona Bowl and the Escondido Reservoir paved the way for skateboarding’s second Earth-shaking revolution—a new wide, stable, heavy-duty Tracker Truck. The first truck in history made specifically for skateboarding by skateboarders to incorporate high quality, performance and strength. Simply put, Tracker innovated the features that all subsequent skateboard trucks copied and for this reason the Smithsonian requested Tracker Trucks be included within their collection of American innovations.
Larry Balma, one of Tracker's founders presented one of the first production Tracker Fultrack trucks along with his new book TRACKER-Forty Years of Skateboard History. The book is a 388 page, hardcover, coffee table book documenting Tracker's 40 year history, with interviews from Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Tony Alva and the late iconic Jay Adams. The Tracker story is intertwined with the history of skateboarding illustrated with 1492 photos, images and drawings. "The Tracker book is so important because future generations will be able to learn about skateboarding history-who was involved with it, and how it all happened. It will blow their minds." Christian Hosoi
Earlier this year in Orange County, Tracker was also inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame where skateboarding honors its industry pioneers and icons who have left an indelible imprint on the history of skateboarding and its culture.