Modern day sleighs combine light metals, steel runners, and an aerodynamic composite body. Competition sleighs must be a maximum of metres ( ft) long (4-crew) or metres ( ft) long (2-crew). The runners on both are set at metres ( ft) gauge . Until the weight-limit rule was added in 1952, bobsleigh crews tended to be very heavy to ensure the greatest possible speed. Now, the maximum weight , including crew, is 630 kilograms (1,390 lb) (4-man), 390 kilograms (860 lb) (2-man), or 340 kilograms (750 lb) (2-woman), which can be reached via the addition of metal weights. The bobsleighs themselves are designed to be as light as possible to allow dynamic positioning of mass through the turns of the bobsleigh course. 
Mile ( km): Enter Bad Karlshafen. We notice a sign to the Bahnhof and a Jugendherberge (Youth Hostel) as we get close to downtown. This town has an interesting history but it is most notable for Americans as one of the ports from which German mercenary soldiers departed for the United States during our American Revolution. The mercenaries were called Hessians because of the 30,000 or so mercenaries employed by the British crown to put down the revolting colonists in America, 13,000 were from the German state of Hessia ( Hesse ). The rank and file of these men were conscripts pressed into military duty because they owed loyalty to a landgrave or because they were in debt or in debtors prison. Some were criminal prisoners guilty of violent crimes. Of the 13,000 Hessian troops shipped to America, about 7,000 did not return to Germany but settled in the new United States of America. Why? Well, some were criminals who simply were not welcome back in the old country but many others were bribed to stay by an act of congress who sought new citizens to settle the west, which at that time was Pennsylvania and Ohio. Others were bribed, again by an act of congress, to desert and they were given land in Pennsylvania as a reward.
I find these trucks very fascinating and would really like to buy one I have seen many in Guatemala but not really up close and personal even seeing a 4×4 model and one in Texas that had isuzu npr cabs stacked up on it
But back in the day around the mid 80’s my father exported many vehicles to central America and he would tell of places in the northeastern states such as new Jersey where he would get these trucks, for what would be considered dirt cheap by today’s standards, and said that the guy had hundreds of them in all conditions and he had also purchased some in California and Colorado. Anyways he says that the Haitians are the ones who practically purchased all of them and shipped on was always kinda sceptical but I was talking with another older gentleman who described the exact story which couldn’t have been a coincidence