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January 1999 Sideways

Jeep Sand Dunes
Posted January 1, 1999

Sticky Jeep CJ-3A, Runaway Wrangler and More!

Sideways is a new department for JP. It shows what happens when you get... sideways. Since it's new to JP readers, we picked up a few Whoops! pictures from our sister rag, 4Wheel & Off-Road. The problem was there were very few Jeep photos compared to all the other brands, which goes to show who gets stuck the most.

Regardless, send your favorite sideways shot to Sideways, JP, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515. Unfortunately, if we can make out the faces of the people in the photos, we don't really want to use them. Also, letters must be signed by the vehicle owner. Due to the volume of mail we hope to receive, not all submissions can be used and none will be returned.
-Rick Péwé, editor

Dear Jp,
A friend and I were running the bowls at Oceano Dunes but didn't know we'd both gone into the same one. We hit the brakes, but as you can see, there wasn't enough time to keep from hitting each other head on. We were only going a few mph, so the impact was slight. However, the angle of the dune was very steep, causing us both to roll. With a little mechanical work, we were able to drive both Jeeps back to camp.
Paul Martin
Santa Rosa, CA

Dear Jp,
Here's our '49 CJ-3A in the sticky red clay of Alabama. We knew how deep this puddle was but simply overestimated the ability of the stock Willys. A Blazer couldn't pull it out, even with help from another truck. On top of that, the Jeep wouldn't start. We left it there overnight, but in the morning the cops called and said it was sitting in the middle of a parking lot-someone had pulled it out, unlocked the hubs, and towed it to a gas station just out of goodwill.
Matt Clements & Shaun Rhudy
Birmingham, AL

Dear Jp,
After I parked my Jeep in the garage and went in the house, I heard a loud thud. The Jeep had rolled out of the garage and over the curb but was saved by a big, strong Ponderosa tree. I tried jumping it up the curb in four-wheel drive, but to no avail; a tow truck had to rescue it. There was only a tear in the tire cover and a lot of embarrassment for me. If not for the Ponderosa, the Jeep might have gone down the embankment and into the neighbor's house.
Donald Schiller
Prescott, AZ

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