ALERT: Send us your family-vacation-in-a-Jeep experience, especially if it’s vintage or parked in front of a monument or noteworthy thingy (statue of whatever works). We also want to see the usual fare: Rather than the same built rides that we put in Readers’ Rigs, Sideways is all about your military Jeep experience, your sunk/stuck/rolled Jeep experience, family experience with a Jeep, or other 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—tell us who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and the 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 JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 2,000 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device). No PDFs or other formats. Email the photo and story to email@example.com with the subject line “Sideways.”
Send Us M715s, M’kay?
Question: If there were more than 30,000 Kaiser Jeep ’67-’69 M715s built in the U.S., why don’t we see more Sideways submissions of them doing things? Well, that’s why Joe Schigel is our favorite person at the moment…he sent us his ’67. Sure, it’s not in the habitat we most like seeing M715s (dirt, rocks, mud, wheeling), but we’ll take this snap from the Woodward Dream Cruise. “I had spent the prior six months getting the old truck running and driving reliably after I had bought it. After sorting out the brakes and fuel system, she was good to go. My dad came into town for the Dream Cruise and we decided to drive the 715.” A highlight of the trip? “I was lucky enough to park next to the modern rendition of my truck.”
Curbed His Enthusiasm
This pic, as explained by Douglas Frey: “The bent rim happened leaving my fiancée’s place one slippery night. I fishtailed and then 360’d into the curb hard. Bent a bunch of suspension parts, too…that was about 2 years ago and that tire/rim are still in my yard and still holding air!”
We Bought a Jeep
“I was surfing the Net while deployed last fall when I realized that I have always wanted a Jeep…” is probably the same sort of start to almost all of our own stories of how we got our rig. This one happens to be from Brent Ornes. “I called home to my wife, Terri, to run it by her and she seemed OK with it, so of course I bought one before she could change her mind.” Picking up the Jeep in Washington State and getting it home to Minnesota became a massive adventure—or as Brent said, “A nice 3,200-mile testdrive and a great chance to get reacquainted with my wife.”
Alan Michaud snapped this during lunch at last year’s San Diego 4 Wheelers Superstition Mountain Run in California. Alan and his daughter, Cheyenne, timed their eats well, as the Navy’s Blue Angels flight team was in mid-practice. And that’s his ’95 Jeep Cherokee, “unusually filthy for this dusty tract of desert due to the heavy rains.” Isn’t that how Jeeps get their wings, from getting dirty?