Dick Cepek Off Roading - Dick Cepek Off-Road Handbook - Media ReviewPosted in Features on November 1, 2004
Some things never change. While the technology behind four-wheeling has evolved considerably in the past 20 years, the basic methodology of off-roading has remained largely the same. We recently stumbled across a copy of the Dick Cepek Off-Road Handbook, published in 1983, and although it's more than 20 years old, the basic tenets of four-wheeling that it lays down in its 200-page package are as valid today as they were then.
The handbook is divided into 12 chapters and covers all the basic information that someone just coming into the world of four-wheeling would need to get started. Suspensions, shocks, tires, lights - it's all here; everything from how to modify a vehicle to rules of the road and how to safely tackle a wide variety of obstacles. The book is also a lot of fun just because the tone of voice and language used have a sense of nostalgia, hearkening back to when four-wheeling in America was still largely unpoliticized.
If you're looking for some interesting reading that will introduce you to the basics of four-wheeling, then the Dick Cepek Off-Road Handbook is worth some time. It's well-written, replete with photographs, and is a great look at the roots of off-roading in America.
Further FactsDick Cepek Off-Road Handbook was published by Darwin Publications, 850 N. Hollywood, Burbank, CA 91505, ISBN 0-933506-11-2.