This year, we had our Sweet 16 party at Hollister Hills. There were no bouquets, ballroom dances, or debutantes in sight-just the usual mind-blowing roster of overbuilt trucks, Jeeps, and rock buggies. That's enough eye candy for us.
It's hard to believe we've been running Top Truck Challenge for only 16 years. Frankly, we can barely remember when we didn't hold the event. Even after all these years, it remains one of the most enjoyable-and unpredictable-things we organize each year. It's enjoyable because it gets us out of the office for a week, into the hills of central California doing what we love most-enjoying the warm weather, offshore breezes, and dirt trails of the San Benito backcountry-in the company of a uniformly great bunch of wheelers who come from all over the country to join us for the week. And when we realize we're actually getting paid to do what we do-enjoying the great outdoors with a group of like-minded enthusiasts-it makes us feel pretty darn lucky. There are plenty of worse ways to make a living, trust me.
And TTC is always unpredictable because...well, because things happen there every year that we'd never have expected, or that we've never seen before-and this year's TTC was no different in that regard. How so? Well, you can see our exclusive coverage this year starting on page 18. And check out fourwheeler.com for more exclusive photos and videos-as well as coverage of past TTC events, which we've been digitally archiving over the past few weeks.
Of course, this is also the issue where you'll find our official entry form for Top Truck 17, which we'll hold next summer at good ol' Hollister Hills. So if you've ever had a hankering to try your hand at the Tank Trap or the Frame Twister, now's the time to fill out the form on page 47, and send it to us along with some nice clear photos of your truck, Jeep, buggy, or whatever else you wheel. We'll spotlight the best of the entries we receive next April, where you, the reader, get to vote for your Top 10 favorites-and yes, you can vote for yourself, as many times as you want.
Also this month, we decided to take a look back at an assortment of the year's best parts, products, off-road parks, trail events, and wheeling trends. If you think we've missed anything important, by all means drop us a line and let us know. We're always on the lookout for great new 4x4 events to attend and products to test. And we certainly want to know about land-use issues in your area, so if you've got some important news to pass along about potential closures-or cool new ORV areas that are opening up-log onto the forums at fourwheeler.com and let us, and your fellow wheelers, know about it. Strength in numbers, after all.