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Sideways Readers’ Vehicles

Posted in Features on April 15, 2016
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Photographers: Readers

Send us your Jeeps! Unlike our chance to showcase your built rides in Jeep Shots, Sideways is all about your military Jeep experience, your sunk/stuck/rolled Jeep experience, your family-vacation-in-a-Jeep experience, or other part of your personal history in which a Jeep played a part. We want to see and hear, so send us a pic, and don’t forget the most important parts of all: who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and any other fun backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you’re from if you’re not the one in the photo. Make sure the photo is high resolution (1,600 by 2,000 pixels or around 2 megapixels) and a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file. No PDFs. Email the photo and story to with the subject line “Sideways.”

Mud on the Rocks
If you’re going to get stuck in the mud, you might as well do it the right way: on ice. Ask Derek Smith, from New Whiteland, Indiana. His day of four-wheeling his ’89 Jeep Cherokee ended with it getting stuck in a 3-foot-deep hole covered with ice that was 4 inches thick. “It was supposed to be an easy day of wheeling with three kids on snow trails at Redbird SRA. Had to winch four times to get out, once with a double line pull.” But no hard feelings, weather. “It was awesome.”

Tree Hugger
Trees can contribute to stucks too. Just ask Steve Lanier: “It’s not ‘Sideways,’ but it’s up and down. Will that work?”

Mr. “Sand” Man
“My buddy Rod Shapen and his son Parker invited me to go to the 53rd annual Tierra del Sol. It was his first time desert driving!” explains Larry Vandenberg. “When it was time to go, his route was to the east and mine was west. An hour or so later, I got a call, ‘Can you come back and help?’ He told me he could not just drive by what looked like great sand on the shore of the Salton Sea! One last drive. Well, after lots of time and a lot of help, he was unstuck! For those that don’t know, that nice white stuff that looks like sand is actually decades of fish scales and bones probably 2 feet or more in depth. The only thing that kept him from going deeper was the underside of the Jeep!”

Rat Patrol in the Making?
Donald Eller sent us this pic of his dad, Lester Brickmann, stationed in Panama during World War II. “By the way, Rat Patrol and Combat were two of his favorite shows. I remember sitting with him as a kid and watching them.”

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