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November 2002 Letters To The Editor

Posted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 2002
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Letter Of The Month
Treading Lightly!
Reader: I've just read the August issue of Four Wheeler and found that Ted Reese's rant really hit a chord with me. Ted complained about what a mess 'wheeling at Moab has become. One thing none of us can change is the population out there. Some of the 'wheeling members of that population behave like jerks. I'm 56, born and raised in northern California. We've 'wheeled all over, and we practiced the Tread Lightly! ethic long before anybody had to talk about doing so. If we camped, fished or hunted we always packed our trash out, and many times, we packed out the trash of you so-called outdoorsmen and four-wheelers. When I went on my first Jeepers' Jamboree, the organizers gave everyone a rubbish bag to hang on the spare tire of their Jeeps. I didn't need to be told to do this, I learned as a child to clean up after myself. My concern now is that if you people don't get your #$%@&* together, we'll all be four-wheeling in your driveways, where some of you belong. I feel that my many years of experience gives me the right to complain about those selfish jerks whose behavior will cause more restrictions and closures.
Don Lange
Livermore, California

Editor: Thanks for your input, Don. This problem is a speeding locomotive that's bearing down on us all. When it finally hits, we're going to lose the important areas and trails that we all count on. We agree that your years of experience give you the right to complain. But we think that anyone, newbie or old experienced wheeler, who practices the Tread Lightly! ethic, has a right and a duty to complain about irresponsible use of public lands. That's because once they're taken away, we won't ever get them back.

Home From Top Truck
Reader: I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the staff at Four Wheeler for the recent opportunity to be a competitor in the 2002 Top Truck Challenge. With only 10 vehicles per year participating, it was an honor and privilege to be chosen.

Further, I would like to commend you on the professionalism and enthusiasm shown by the entire Four Wheeler staff in mounting this complicated event. I profoundly appreciate the hard work and effort that went in to making it the success it was. Congratulations on a job well done.

I am honored to have been a participant, and look forward to the upcoming coverage in the magazine and video.
Tim Dzaman
Calgary, Alberta

Editor: Tim, we were thrilled to have you with us, and equally thrilled to have the other two teams that were your fellow Canadians with us as well. The fact that any of you, no matter where you're from, want to come and spend a very difficult week with us testifies to your commitment as four-wheelers and as members of the Four Wheeler family. We all had a ball, and as always, we learned a great deal about good driving, field fixes, and grace under pressure from all of you Top Truck Challengers. Thanks for coming. One more thing-stay tuned for an incredible video, which was shot and produced this year by Michael Harrington and his crew, the same gang of experts who shot, edited and produced the excellent 2000 Top Truck Challenge video, which we were all very happy with.

Double-Vision Blazer?
Reader: I was reading my Aug. '02 issue about the Blazer on the cover. I noticed that the Blazer had leaf springs on the rear. The article stated that it had 9-inch coils on the rear, and even showed close ups. In the pictures where you can see the whole rig, leaves can be seen. What's up? Some of us pay attention to things like that.
Steve O.

Editor: Steve, as the story mentions, the Blazer was rolled and pretty much destroyed right after our first photo session. It was rebuilt for the second photo session in a slightly different configuration. That accounts for the differences you, and others, noticed.

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