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Sideways Readers’ Vehicles

Posted in Features on August 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 high-resolution 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.”

Throwback Sideways
Mike Rakow of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, took us all the way back to 1983, near Plum Boro. His pal Jeff used a vintage ’70 Jeep Wagoneer to pull his stuck ’73 Commando from a “big puddle.” As an aside: “The funny thing about this location is that now there is a housing tract. I bet the folks who live there wonder why their basement is always damp.”

Road Trippin’
Finally! A Jp reader has sent Sideways a road-trip pic and story! We salute you, Timothy Garrett of Fairbanks, Alaska. The stars of the tale are an ’05 Liberty that towed an ’87 YJ. “After being medically discharged following 10 years of service in the U.S. Army Infantry,” Timothy told us, “I packed up all my belongings into both of my Jeeps and drove from Columbia, South Carolina, to Fairbanks, Arkansas, to be closer to my son.” Timothy had a good friend along for 14 days on the road. They camped for 12 of those nights. “My takeaway was feeling the freedom of the road, the wilderness, and the sights seen,” he said. The pic was snapped at Toad River Lodge on the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, Canada.

Driver Norvold
Phillip Norvold’s grandfather, Corporal Howard D. Norvold, USMC, “fought in Okinawa and then their unit was billeted in Tientsin, China, where the Japanese surrender took place in the fall of 1945. He was selected by the Captain as the unit’s driver,” Phillip told Jp. “He recalls that likely this was a Ford GPW.”

From Son to Father
We received an extremely heartfelt note from Gerald Brock II from Bakersfield, California, about how he rarely gets to show this photo to anyone and just wanted to share this image of his father with Jeeps. Gerald Sr., was 22 and in Korea in 1954, and this is him between two MPs. “I don’t have a backstory; I wish I did. When you are young, you don’t always appreciate the small things like this until it’s too late.”

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