When you get to a certain level of addiction you either have to step away from the source of the problem or own it. We have tried both, but like a true addict, have always come back to Jeeps in the end. We like to justify our passion and hobby by saying that while a great guitar player may be happy with one guitar, he or she probably can recognize and capitalize on the differences between several different guitars. The fact is different guitars are just better suited for different situations. What does this have to do with Jeeps and our pal, Mike Tarvin? Well Mike is an expert guitar player and a true Jeep aficionado. This reasoning helps justify our madness.
When we first met Mike we had no idea how cool he was. Now that we have spent time with the guy we know he is crazy—crazy for everything Jeep, just like we are! He has had an interesting life and has done everything from stacking hay for a living to playing in a rock-and-roll band and running a computer company. We met Tarvin out in the desert northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, while wheeling one day. We later ran into him at Tierra Del Sol’s 2012 Desert Safari. Since then, Mike has become what we would consider a good wheeling buddy. One thing is for sure, this guy has some cool Jeeps, parts, stories, and a wealth of knowledge. Oh, and he not only likes owning Jeeps, he likes driving them. These Jeeps get used, and Mike can drive them well. It’s a cliché, but we want to be like Mike! Well, at least we definitely want his toys! Here are some of his projects and his cool vintage parts collection, hidden in a secret shop somewhere in Arizona.