I continue to be disappointed in the content of your magazine since John Cappa became editor. First he eliminated the one-page editorials by Ken Brubaker and Sean Holman. Then, in his own Firing Order column, all we have heard about is how good he is and all about his own rigs and his work on them. When Willie Worthy left, Cappa took over the Techline column, but in the December ’12 issue, even that is gone.
In its place we find a highly offensive article about what it is to be a “real man.” This implies that to be “real” in his eyes you have to be a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal with the brains of a houseplant. It is very demeaning to women. I utterly fail to see how this can become a regular column in a magazine that has heretofore been an example of fine technical information and how-tos. Articles like those showing rigs with flame throwers and machine guns make no sense. I have no issue with guns, but if I wanted to read about them I would subscribe to a magazine about them, not about four-wheel-drive vehicles, their restoration, and augmentation.
I can only assume that Cappa has a testosterone problem—either too much, or perhaps too little, I don’t know which. All I know is that if Brubaker and Holman quit in disgust, the magazine is screwed.
Not a “Real Man” Fan
First, I’m really glad that Cappa took over at Four Wheeler. As far as I’m concerned, he saved that mag and brought the value back. On the flip side, I just wanted to say that I really disliked the “Are You a Real Man?” article (Dec. ’12). While I do like the “How to Survive!” series in Jp, I didn’t think the “Real Man” article was particularly entertaining or valuable. I’m sure you’ll steer things straight regardless.
I picked up the December ’12 issue of Four Wheeler and read about the changes for the ’13 Top Truck Challenge (Firing Order). I agree with your idea in making the changes to it. I have one criticism though. I think you should change the location of the event. That way some of us who can’t make the trip to Hollister, California, to watch the event can come and watch it or be involved with it.
While we have kicked around the idea of hosting Top Truck Challenge in other areas, the fact is that TTC has always been at the Hollister SVRA area. Moving it now would be like moving Sturgis Bike Week.
Unfortunately, Top Truck Challenge is not a spectator event. Bean counters and insurance folk kinda get in the way of that happening. Sorry.
TTC Change Fan
Just wanted to say that I could not agree more with the changes that have been made to Top Truck Challenge (Firing Order, Dec. ’12)! I think the changes made will bring the excitement back to TTC.
The number one change made (and in my opinion the best one) is that tube buggies are no longer allowed into TTC. It will be way more fun to watch, and for that I will be renewing my subscription. Great work!
Motivated To Build
I just read Firing Order (Nov. ’12) and it really hit home with me! Over the past two years I finally finished building my first 4x4! I have had a few before this truck but never really modified them much because of lack of funds. I wheeled them mostly stock.
My truck was a ’93 F-150 regular cab longbox 4x4. I installed a 6-inch Pro Comp lift, 35-inch BFG tires, and 17-inch Weld Racing Typhoon wheels.
I Lincoln-locked the rearend and installed leaf springs from an ’03 F-250 Super Duty.
I fabbed up my own bumpers and winch mounts. It was a great truck and my pride and joy!
All this was done in the dirt and cold last winter/spring or on the grass! Then almost as soon as it was done and ready for some winter (snow) wheeling, I had to sell my rig!
I have some medical problems and a wife and 14 month old son...so family came first and I watched my 4x4 drive away.
I think my wife knows how hard it was for me to say good-bye to it, but I acted like it was no big deal! So now I’m collecting parts and saving up to get down in the dirt again and hopefully someday build another 4x4!
I wanted to comment about the article on LED headlights in the December ’12 issue (“High Output Lights”). The direct comparison of the beam patterns was great. However one very important detail that was left out is what the color temperature of the lights are.
Some individuals such as myself have eyes that unfortunately don’t respond as well to the 5000°K to 6000°K light that seems to be typical of such lights (especially when the spectral discontinuity of LED light is included). Their bluish color causes more glare with less perceived “throw” to the beam. Since no mention of color was made, I have to assume that both LED products tested fall within the above temperature range and that they are of no interest to me.
If any light manufacturer ever decides they want to use the plentiful LED chips available that are more natural colored (3600°K to 4200°K), please be sure you include them in a future comparison test (not just headlights, but auxiliary lights too). It would be great to know when options aside from inefficient incandescent (halogen) lighting are available. (HID is not an option for me due to interference concerns for the two-way radio systems I have in my vehicle).
I couldn’t help chuckling slightly when Datsun Guy wrote in complaining about people thinking his 4x4 is weak (Inbox, Dec. ’12). If his Datsun was such a good 4x4, why did he have to put Toyota axles under it?
Woodland Hills, CA
Letter Of The Month
Thank you for bringing Top Truck Challenge back to what it should be. As you mentioned, a lot of us “regular” guys don’t want to go up against $100,000 tube buggies. Why would we? We would get smoked! Most of us don’t have that kind of money; we live in the real world and have blue collar jobs. We just want a fighting chance, now we may have it. Top Truck Champions’ Challenge was awesome by the way! My pick won. Thanks for the great magazine.
Maple Grove, MN
Jeff’s letter was pulled out of the hat to be our Reader Letter of the Month. For that we will be sending him his very own copy of Death Race 3: Inferno. Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames star in the ultimate race for survival in Death Race 3: Inferno. This all-new, unrated addition to the high-octane franchise arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
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