One That is Not Like the Others
We have showcased a great deal of unique vehicles in OFF-ROAD Magazine. Street-legal VW Thing prerunners, Dodge Ram Runners with quadralink suspensions, and now we present you with Jon Kennedy’s Tacoma.
At first glance, Jon’s ’06 Taco seems just like any you would see traveling down the highway heading for dirt. Larger tires, fiberglass fenders, bumpers, and even a nice bedcage are common among prerunners running around SoCal. What makes this truck unique is what’s tucked underneath and inside. If the center-mounted front A-arms and lack of a rear solid axle don’t give you a clue, then the LS-1 that’s pushed back for better weight distribution should make it clear that this truck is no ordinary Tacoma.
Jon has been racing the deserts of SoCal and silt beds of Baja longer than the average reader of this magazine has been alive. Spinning dirt for the first time in 1972 gives Jon a credibility and experience level not commonly found. Having owned and raced such a great number of vehicles, Jon’s answer to our question of what he has previously owned was, “You name it and I have run it!” If you happen to see a two-door bright yellow Tacoma running around, be sure to take a glance underneath.