An auction for the ‘world’s fastest UPS truck’ was canceled after UPS presented proof it still owns it and isn’t selling

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  • The “world’s fastest UPS truck” was about to be auctioned off with the Iron Horse Auction Company based in Rockingham, North Carolina.
  • However, the truck wasn’t meant to go up on the block, which happened because of miscommunication between UPS and the storage facility that kept the truck, according to UPS.
  • The shipping and logistics company then sent a title to the auction house claiming it wanted the iconic truck off of the block and sent back to a UPS facility in North Carolina.
  • The truck was created by UPS to advertise its sponsorship of NASCAR in the mid-2000s and was famously featured in a series of “Race the Truck” commercials, according to Road and Track.
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The “world’s fastest UPS truck” – created by the company to advertise its NASCAR sponsorship – was up for auction starting at $1 until the shipping company reclaimed the truck.

The speedy delivery truck was being auctioned off by Iron Horse Auction Company, which is based in Rockingham North Carolina. The auction house claims it is the world’s fastest UPS truck and has 850 horsepower.

However, UPS claimed there was communication between it and the storage facility where the truck was being held, and that the vehicle wasn’t meant to go on the block.

“We’ve since clarified with the auction house that we do not want the vehicle put on the auction block and will have the truck moved to one of our facilities in North Carolina,” Dan McMackin, a UPS representative, told Business Insider in an email.

Iron Horse Auction willingly agreed to take the iconic truck off of the block.

“When looking at the truck’s history, then reviewing the title presented by a company as reputable as UPS, the decision (was) very easy for our firm, and our client, that bidding should be suspended for the truck,” Iron Horse’s real estate agent Marc Baysek told Business Insider in an email.

The UPS truck is a recognizable icon from the series of “Race the Truck” NASCAR commercials aired in the mid-2000s, which were created to promote the package delivery company’s sponsorship of NASCAR, according to Car and Driver.

The commercials include a clip of famed NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett maneuvering the truck down a track against other race cars. The truck won, of course, and the sentimental advertisement ends with a screen that reads, “Thanks, Dale. It’s been a good ride.” next to the UPS logo.


The truck is fitted with a Toyota Racing Development engine, according to RacingNews.Co.

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Iron Horse Auction Company claims it is the world’s fastest UPS truck.

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The speedster was built on a 1990 UPS P-800 Box Truck, according to The Drive.

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Source: The Drive


Mike Ryan, a stunt vehicle builder who has also worked on competition-winning trucks, built the truck in 2006.

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Source: RacingNews.Co


It was driven by famed NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett in multiple advertisements and during the 2006 All-Star Race at the end of his career.

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The truck was originally created to serve as an advertisement on wheels, but the large response to the vehicle led to Jarrett’s 2006 track drive of the truck.

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Source: The Drive


The truck’s box is 23-feet long, and standard issue.

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It delivered packages and was driven approximately 300,000 miles prior to its 11-day conversion project and new life.

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The truck was rebuilt with a rolling and racing seats and gauges just like a regular race car.

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There’s also a spring and shock package — which increases the truck’s handling, safety, and comfort — and a custom transmission.

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Source: The Car Guy


The truck also comes equipped with a fire suppression system and has a nitrogen oxide systems injection in place.

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The NOS injection brings more air into the cylinders, slightly increasing its horsepower.

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Source: Motor1


It also has an extra set of tires, wheels, and a backup camera.

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Bidding was set to begin on December 4 starting at $1 until UPS reclaimed it and moved it back to a North Carolina facility.

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