September 2006 Letters To The EditorPosted in Project Vehicles on September 1, 2006 0) (
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Reader; After reading "This Land Is Your Land" (June '06), I noticed that you're still including Felda Motorsports Park, which closed almost 2 years ago. You probably won't print this letter, but if you do I want readers to know about other places to go in Florida. Since Felda closed, two more parks have opened near it. One of them, L-cross Extreme Events (www.l-cross.com), is located near Okeechobee in Glades County. The other one is C&R Motorsports Park (www.crmotorsportspark.com), "Home of the Hicktown Music Video," located in Palmdale. If you do put this in your magazine, which I've been reading for more than 4 years (I'm only 17), I was just wondering if I might be able to have a shirt or a license plate so I can show everyone who the best 4x4 magazine is.
Cape Coral, FL
Reader; Your article on the 188 parks and trails was great, but I would like you to know that our local park name is wrong. You guys listed it as Blue Mountain Recreational Park. It is actually the Black Mountain Recreational Park. By the way, for the real skinny on 4x4 action at the park, check out www.kymc.org.
Reader: In my humble opinion, you missed the gem of Kansas. Located some 25 miles north of Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Lake, Randolph ORV Park covers more than 300 acres with rocks, trails, and even mud. If interested, contact the Trail Krawlers 4x4 Club out of Randolph, or check out our Web page: www.trailkrawlers.org.
Editor: For taking the time to share some overlooked 'wheeling spots with your fellow readers, we figure you're all deserving of some swag. Thanks to all who wrote in.
Reader: Hey guys, I love to read your stuff. But there is just too much Jeep stuff. We're all truck guys around here, and we're just sick and tired of hearing and seeing Jeeps everywhere. The June '06 cover truck was great, but there are only three pages covering it. I counted at least 40 Jeeps in the same magazine. I'm not trying to diss y'all--just would like to see a broad range of vehicles besides Jeeps.
El Campo, TX
Editor: Yeah, we kinda suspected something was odd about that issue ... the new Wrangler JK. Jeeps in Japan. Strong Fixes for Cherokees. Now we know!
Reader: I have an '00 Nissan Xterra. I am fairly new to four-wheeling. I want to upgrade my gears and transfer case, and I want to install lockers. I was wondering if you knew of any Nissan specialty shops in my area. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Editor: The closest Nissan-specific shops we could find are in the Denver area--some 300 miles away from you--but realistically, any competent 4x4 shop should be able to do the work you're looking for. Readers, any shop suggestions?
Reader: What happens to your project vehicles after you build them?
Editor: It all depends. A few, like our ageless Teal-J Wrangler (which we've been building since 1997), are never really finished and continue to serve as rolling test beds for new products as they hit the market. Others, such as our Ford RangeRunner or Baja Bomber Dodge, are staff members' personal rigs. Most of them, though, like our current Titan and Frontier Nismo projects, are loaner vehicles that will eventually go back to the manufacturer to be crushed at the end of the loan period. And yeah, we know, it seems like a waste of a perfectly good vehicle, but liability concerns aside, many of these loaner project rigs are pre-production models that can never be legally re-registered and hence sold.
Reader: Thank you for publishin' such a great magazine, and for all the Top Truck Challenge videos. They're great, and we watch 'em over and over again here to help pass the little downtime we have.
Question: I'm aware that your main focus is on 4x4 trucks, but after watchin' the Real Truck Club challenge video I was wondering if you've thought about doin' a feature on readers' two-wheel-drive rides that play just as hard as the boys with 4x4s. I have a 4x2 '02 Ford F-150 Extended-Cab with a V-6 and a five-speed that's stock now but will be getting' a little lift and some 33s when we get home in September. Every other weekend, my truck makes a trip to Turkey Bay Off-Road Park at Land Between the Lakes and plays with the big boys. I usually go with my two buds--one has a 4x4 Dodge on 35s, the other has a Rubicon on 35s--and I play hard with them in the mud, on the rocks, and through the woods on a regular basis. I think that there are others out there like me who play hard with the two-wheel-drives and would like to see some of these almost-stock rides featured in a mag.
Deployed with 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault, proudly serving those back home while keeping America safe.
Spc. Charles Fairbairn
HSC, 96th ASB
Camp Spiecher, Iraq
P.S. A Four Wheeler license plate or sticker would be proudly displayed on my 90,000-pound wrecker if one happened to show up in the mail.
Editor: You got it, soldier--just promise to send us a photo of your Four Wheeler wrecker.
About 4x2 trucks: you may not have seen it yet, but we recently started a 4x2 buildup project, "Back 2 Basics" in this magazine. The first installment ran in the May issue, and will continue again shortly. Thanks for writing in, and for your service--here's hoping we see you and your boys whompin' around Turkey Bay next month.