This issue is jam-packed with reader’s rigs in compromising positions, including our staffs’ rides on the last page. We’re sure that there have been some tense moments during your own whoops, but looking back at all of my own rolls and near-death experiences, I can still say it was a lot of fun. Admittedly, being upside-down on fire isn’t too pleasant, but getting your rig on the cover (yes, that’s my jeep on this page) is pretty cool. Of course this was a staged shot for our 1996 Whoops! issue, but it was still fun.
That’s what 4-wheeling is about anyway -- we have the means and the will to go have fun! Whether it’s only in your mind and you are living vicariously through the pages of this magazine and our sites, or actually hitting the trail and finding yourself in the woods, rocks, mud bog or snow, enjoying what we do as a sport/hobby is what makes it worth the effort it takes. Fun is what you make it to be. If fun gets you stuck in the mud, wedged between boulders, or buried in a snow drift, then just enjoy it.
Sure, you can have an awesome time without getting stuck (and we often do). But the unknown can be the best part of wheeling, as following a schedule, getting your work done on time, and making sure everything turns out just according to plan can be boring. Spontaneity rules in my world. If I’m stuck winching buddies or myself out of a tough spot at 3 a.m., then that is fun too. I may have to pay for it the next day while being sore and sleepy, but I know I put forth the effort to have fun, whether it be for work or play.
Let us know what your recent whoops fun was, complete with photos. You, too, could be in our next issue devoted to reader foul-ups and maybe even make the cover. Just remember that safety rules-- we don’t want to promote unsafe practices. Likewise, we stand firm in our beliefs of environmental stewardship and saving our trails for future generations, so please don’t wheel where you shouldn’t. Send your photos to us at email@example.com or by mail to Whoops! 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. And if you have any comments on anything, just write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now go wheel and have some fun!