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Q: I had never read your magazine before, but when my friend gave me a copy, I started glancing through it. I was excited to read the article entitled "Chicks Rock," in your Mar. '02 issue. As a 15-year-old girl, I usually absorb myself in other magazines that target my age group a little better. However, when I picked up your magazine, I found myself totally fascinated. I never knew women liked to race cars. I appreciated it deeply to see that an automotive magazine would write an article on women racing cars. Most girls my age would think that magazines such as yours only publish articles about men racing cars.
Your article made me realize that I could, in fact, do things that men like to do, too. I want to thank you for making me realize that I can, in this day and age, race cars and build cars.
A: Jessica, we're pleased that you enjoyed the article about the Skyjacker National Rock Crawling Championship for Women. We, too, were impressed with the abilities that these women 'wheelers displayed in competition. Though plenty of women have been involved in the sport of four-wheeling for many years, the Sports-In-The-Rough organization was the first to provide an equal-opportunity event such as this. With its enormous success, the organization is offering two Skyjacker-sponsored women's events in 2002. The first event took place in Johnson Valley, California, in February. The second event will be held Sept. 11-12 in Cedar City, Utah. You can expect to see coverage of both events in upcoming issues, or visit the Sports-In-The-Rough Web site at www.sportsintherough.com. Also, Jessica, it might interest you to know that women are involved in other types of automotive racing as well. Check out www.ladyjeep.com and www.jeepgirlclub.com to read about and chat with other women 'wheelers, and go to www.racerchicks.com for a plethora of resources regarding women in racing. Thanks for reading, Jessica. Hope to see you on the rocks someday soon.
Searching for FJs
Q: I have been looking to purchase a fully operational Toyota FJ40. My problem is my location, Massachusetts. The few available vehicles in this region are prone to corrosion (quite extensive). This led me to search nation-wide Web sites such as www.trucktrader.com. I have had little success. Are there West Coast-specific Web sites to search for FJ40s? Also, are there publications from the southwestern U.S. that have FJ listings? As you know, mileage on a Toyota isn't a problem, but rust (bad word) is.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
A: Scott, we can offer you multiple solutions in your quest for an FJ40 Land Cruiser. First off, just because the majority of the FJs in your neck of the woods are most likely rusted to bits, don't let it discourage you. As clean FJs become increasingly scarcer to come across, the aftermarket is continually coming up with new offerings. A number of companies are offering steel, aluminum, and fiberglass replacement tubs and body parts. Some of the cooler ones we've seen are available from TLC in Van Nuys, California, www.tlc4x4.com, (818) 785-2200, and Man-A-Fre, www.manafre.com, (805) 578-8712. As for buying Southwest and West Coast Land Cruisers that haven't been as affected by the elements, both the companies listed above often have listings of vehicles available for sale, in addition to JT Outfitters, www.jtoutfitters.com, (336) 591-1108, and Cool Cruisers of Texas, www.coolcruisers.com, (800) 475-4181. Cool Cruisers also offers a helpful FJ40 buyer's guide on its Web site. For more links to FJ40 Web sites, check out the Toyota Land Cruiser Association Web site at www.tlca.org. Good luck, Scott. We hope you find a TLC to give some TLC.