Clubs Save Lives
We know many clubs around the country are doing good deeds for their favorite trails and communities. Every once in a while, though, we hear about a club to goes above and beyond the call of duty. In the case of the High Step'N Jeep Club and The Middle Tennessee Trail Runners, they became life-savers.
On a recent trail outing in the Land Between the Lakes near Turkey Bay, Kentucky, a group of High Step'N Jeepers heard the faint, desperate callings of a distant voice on the CB. Through a series of horn relays and various tracking techniques, three of the club's best rigs were able to locate the stranded enthusiasts-a sand rail had overturned, and a woman was seriously injured. One club member, a paramedic, rushed to the scene, applied First Aid, and make a list of supplies that needed to be brought in. Other club members set up a radio relay to guide the incoming ambulance. To get to the woman out, though, a Jeep had to slide, skid, bounce, and skillfully navigate to the bottom of the rugged ravine.
With supplies in hand, a harness and back brace was rigged up for the woman, who was strapped to the Jeep's rollcage. After two hours of careful winching and cautious driving up the steep trails and hillsides, the woman was in the ambulance, en route to the local hospital. Diagnosed with several broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a punctured spleen, and other shoulder and collarbone problems, she was immediately airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
As Steve Agostino, founding member and club manager, said, "We did get to ride a few trails later that day . . . the trees seemed greener, the air sweeter, and the sky more blue than ever before. The 2 1/2-hour ride home was the quietest we've ever had."
As an update, we're told the woman is doing fine-she even wrote the club a special thank-you: "Just remember, no matter what you do for the rest of your lives, you have done the greatest deed any person can do; you made it possible for another to live, for two little girls to have their mom, and for Kenny to keep his fianceé."
Concept Expedition Outfitting
We've received several concept photos from different Southern 4x4 shops centered on the hugely popular Ford Expedition. Kevin St. Amant at 4WD Parts Center (Dept. FW, 6850 Buford Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30340, 770/263-8461) sent us this concept Expedition, which includes 4WD Parts' 5-inch lift, reinforcing crossmembers, and Rancho RS 9000 shocks. The 3-inch body lift and Xenon flares comfortably accommodate the 35x12.50 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/As, mounted on 16.5x9.75 Weld Scorpio wheels. The Smittybilt brush guard, rear taillight screens, and Lund Moon visor were paint-matched, with a ready-to-work, semi-hidden Warn XD9000i inside the front grille.