Desert racing is currently experiencing a surge in popularity with huge numbers of racers venturing into the deserts of the Southwest almost every weekend. The level of competition is at an all-time high. The same is true for those of us who photograph the thousands of miles of torturous terrain and brutal beauty of our sport. The technical and creative level of desert-racing photography is on par with the advancements made to the modern race vehicle. Cameras today are marvels of electronic wizardry, built from titanium and composites. In the race to outshoot the competition and "get the shot," prerunning the course and getting into the more remote spots has become a necessity. Having a capable truck that can handle the terrain and be reliable is not just convenient - it could save your life. I wish I could say we lead a glamorous life making big money and traveling the world, but the reality is the pay is low, the work is hard, and the hours long - just like racing!
I set out to build a capable prerunner and daily driver and stay within my meager budget. I chose a Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab because of its smaller size, which comes in handy when the remote trail you are driving on becomes a motorcycle path. The Crew Cab configuration offers plenty of room for passengers and gear inside the cab, and the gas mileage is helpful when traveling miles from the nearest fuel stop.
The accompanying photos will bring you up to speed on the Chevy's status.