That time of year is upon us where the leaves start changing colors, the kids start picking out costumes, and seemingly everything becomes flavored with pumpkin spice. While many of us are distracted by ominous placements of red balloons and jack-o-lantern carving contests, it also marks the beginning of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding season.
For the last week or so, our collective social media feeds have been clogged up with delightfully elegant photos of vintage racing cars, unbelievably rare exotics, and some truly inspiring concepts, all in impeccable condition. Every August since 1950, car collectors, spectators, and connoisseurs of all things fancy have been gathering in the tiny beach town of Monterey, CA for what has become known as the Monterey Car Week.
In the meantime, Jonathan Elkins was finishing his transition from successful Lucas Oil Racing Series driver to full-time pilot of the Terminator monster truck. As luck would have it, we stumbled on the advertisement for Elkins’ old race truck a couple of months ago and that truck is now ours.
If the late, great Janis Joplin had also needed to pick up a yard of mulch from her local garden center, her prayers would have likely been answered by the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Recently spotted prowling the roads of far-far awayland (Germany) was a not-so-conspicuously camouflaged pre-production version of Benz’s utility wagon that’s due to hit showrooms late next year. It’s looking dangerously market-ready and was possibly out and about for purposes of real-world testing or more likely to generate a media buzz while banking on our love affair with re-tweeting things that we find vaguely interesting. Read More
Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume that you have access to the interwebz and therefore probably have caught wind that our questionably-quaffed president-elect has been leaning on Ford, among others, to expand US-based production capacities. Aside from a bright future for the UAW Local 900, this will also mark the triumphant return of the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco nameplates for 2019 and 2020 respectively. So we’re told, at least; Ford has been teasing us with Bronco concepts for over a decade now and it never actually quit building Rangers, it just stopped selling them here. Read More
Ahh, that awkward week between Christmas and New Year’s. You’re overfed but haven’t started going back to the gym yet, you might be at your office but you’re totally mailing it in, and you’re kids are (relatively) occupied with a fresh pile of shoddily made toys, thanks to a healthy trade agreement with China. But what about all the stuff you bought them in years past? Notably, that stupid, tiny, electric Jeep for which you plunked down three Benjamins so that it can now sit in a corner of your garage, collecting dust, next to old paint buckets and a set of snow tires to a car that your spouse totaled three years ago. Well, the folks over at Busted Knuckle Films have been throwing an annual event that can put your progeny’s forgotten hunk of plastic to good use, even if the battery no longer holds a charge.
New trucks are pretty rad and, as we’ve been finding out, lightly used ones can be just as good. The problem is that these vehicles come with a price tag and, if you have off-roading on the mind, you probably don’t want to thrash all that hard on a vehicle that’s worth north of $25,000. Or maybe you just don’t have that much to spend on your next truck, which is completely respectable, because I don’t either. Read More