Summer is in full swing, and we're getting ready to head to Ouray for FJ Summit #8!
But before we do, how about the July issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine?
This issue is one of our best yet, with coverage of more events than ever before! You'll find a pic Phillip took at the Lone Star Jamboree on the cover, and inside we have stories from Overland Expo, Texas Lone Star Jamboree, Rock Therapy, Cruise Moab, and several trip reports. We have plenty more in this issue too:
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Some of you may have seen the recent Top Gear (USA) episode that included a 2014 TTUE FJ Cruiser, the Overland Journal LR4, and an AEV Brute Jeep conversion. If not, you can watch it here. I'll wait.
Before I wrote this I watched the episode a few times, partly to capture a few screen shots, but mostly to make sure I really understand what was going on. Like most network television, Top Gear is simply entertainment. The hosts are nice enough guys, and they make us chuckle, but they're not necessarily experts when it comes to vehicles, espcially when it comes to off-road, 4x4, or overland vehicles. When keeping that fact in mind with this particular episode, it's actually quite entertaining.
But there is more.
If you've been reading our magazine for a while (remember when we just wrote about FJ Cruisers?), you may have seen a great article in our July 2012 issue on CB Radios from Right Channel Radios.
We just found out they've created a specific kit on their website, just for FJ Cruiser owners! This kit includes:
Starting at $209.95 (you can upgrade the antenna if you wish), it's a pretty good 'one stop' to get your FJC setup with a CB Radio.
For those of you not familiar with this event, allow me to give you some background info. 2014 was the 11th annual Round Up held by Lone Star Land Cruisers, which is an event open for all. Our rules are simple: be safe and have fun. Katemcy Rocks near Mason, Texas offers the perfect venue and a very unique opportunity for fun in the heart of Texas. The park consists of granite outcrops offering all types of wheeling from the crazy “I got this…” picture opportunities to rock obstacles and trails that offer chal
lenge, but little chance of damage. You can hop on a trail and run the obstacles or simply take off across the ranch in search of a playground fitting your rig and level of driving expertise. The event has developed a following that routinely draws rigs from coast to coast. This year included a half a dozen rigs from California and Nevada. There were also rigs from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and of course Texas.
It’s the end of the trail for the FJ Cruiser and Toyota leaves us with the special edition FJ Cruiser Trail Team Ultimate Edition (FJ UE). The FJ UE marks nine years of Toyotas modern style SUV which paid homage to the original and renowned FJ40. In those nine years the FJ has become an off road legend and shows its prowess as one of the most capable vehicles. It’s no slouch in stock form, but a few add on items get you a serious trail rig. The FJ has seen several special editions over the years, including the very popular Trail Teams Editions and the original TRD Special Edition, as well as a few lesser known vehicles such as the ARB Edition FJ Crawler and XPLORE Edition. All of these vehicles had the 4.0-liter V6 and 4x4 underpinnings, but were equipped with various accessories which boosted performance and/or off road capabilities.
Jonathan, Colter, and Beau have wrapped up an amazing event down at Mormon Lake, Arizona.
Here are a few teasers from Jonathan to get you ready for exploring!
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I never really considered myself to be an impulse decision maker. I’m as spontaneous as the next guy I suppose, but I’m also a responsible husband and father. Every decision I make affects my family. So when registration opened up for Cruise Moab 2013, I did what any responsible father and husband would do. I signed up without consulting my wife at all. Surely she would understand, right? In my responsible, think of others first mentality, I also signed on for the 3-Day Kokopelli Trail expedition prior to the start of Cruise Moab. Once I reached the “pay now” portion of registration, I paused. I called my wife and explained how epic this trip was going to be. Would she mind staying home with the kids while I traveled the back country of Colorado and Utah? “I’ll only be gone for 5 or 6 days” I said sheepishly. “What about us?”, she asked. I promised her that next year we’d do Moab as a family. Complete with comfortable accommodations, indoor plumbing and hot showers. This year however, I need to get away on my own. It's important for a man to venture out into the wild on occasion and it’s refreshing to know such places still exist in this country. But was I prepared? Was my vehicle ready? This isn’t a trip to the store. It’s 150+ miles of backcountry expedition travel. It was time to take a hard look at what I needed.