The Dirt Every Day Tours have spanned the globe for around 20 years. It’s when my buddies and I go and grab a derelict vehicle in a faraway place, patch it together, and drive it home—on dirt every day. I had been doing it for years prior to this magazine gig, and it has always been a fun ride. The first published flattie adventure was with David Freiburger in “The Adventure” (May ’98). While I was the editor of Jp magazine I did the great M-715 road test (Jp, July ’98) followed by “Jeeps of Route 66” (Jp, Apr. ’00) with my dad and his WWII jeep. After my dad passed away, Freiburger and I traveled from Phoenix to Alaska in Dad’s jeep, and I returned with Ned Bacon in the true Dawn of the DED adventure. As yet unpublished, this awesome 10,000-mile jaunt from Arizona to Fairbanks and back in 2000 was the trip of a lifetime. There were also other, smaller trips in the ’90s, with various vehicles, but after all of these trips Freiburger and I continued to make DED history throughout the last decade, starting with “The Flattie Adventure” (Apr. ’03).
Spring forward to this issue and the Desert DED on page 50, and you can see where this trend is going. After that epic excursion I was able to take the same stock flattie from the 2000 Alaskan trip across the U.S. and Canada and back, for another 10,000-mile journey this summer. That story and our escapades will be in the mag after the Desert DED finishes up, and is filled with the sights, trails, and people across this great country. That’s one of the great things about DEDs, the people we meet along the way. In fact, I wished many a time that we could have videoed each and every trip and show you how to do your own DED. During the last two trips I did take a lot of video, which will be on 4wheeloffroad.com soon.
But now the true dawn of the DED is upon us, as we now have our own YouTube channel for Dirt Every Day, hosted by Tech Editor Fred Williams and a cast of characters. It won’t be a strictly conventional DED, as there is so much more to wheeling than just that. It will include trail rides, tech, tests, reviews, and every other aspect of four-wheeling, from road trips to off-road carnage. It’s a bold new direction for us, and it promises to grab your attention and draw you further into the sport we all love and live. Check it out at www.youtube.com/motortrend and scroll to Dirt Every Day. New episodes air every other Thursday. Let us know what you want to see on Dirt Every Day!