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Nissan Titan - Rubicon Trail - Silenceing The Critics

Posted in Project Vehicles on May 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Edwin SargentiGreg Boardman

Conventional wisdom says that anyone crazy enough to drive a fullsize through the Rubicon Trail deserves any accumulation of unwelcome carnage and/or mechanical quagmires they might experience along the way. For our group of seven seasoned trail veterans, one fearless quad rider, and a legendary truck fabricator, this posed a challenge. It was the kind of challenge worthy of its own television show. So with cameras rolling, we headed off across the granite slabs surrounding Loon Lake. We were out to prove that our Mega Titan could prevail over the crown jewel of all off-highway trails.

For those who don't know, the 'Con, as it's called, is better suited to Suzuki Samurais and CJ-5s. Yet, amidst a spectacular Sierra Nevada backdrop, our convoy crept deeper into the backcountry, further from civilization and everyday responsibility.

Our Mega Titan was borne from Top Truck Challenge. As a necessity to the event, it was intended to give judges and course-builders a prerunner and extraction tool for what some call the Olympics of four-wheeling. Often criticized for its excessive mass, many said the truck would never work in the real world. What better place to vindicate a larger-than-life vehicle than the Rubicon?

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Our Rubicon trip consisted of a wonderful group of friends brought together in honor of one special accomplishment: building the Mega Titan. However, it wasn't until a month and a half later that we all realized how precious the memories made on this particular outing actually were.

This photo, taken on the Rubicon, represents the last father-son outing for Four Wheeler friends Miles and Greg Boardman. Unfortunately, Greg was killed in a tragic auto accident on September 5, 2006. His father Miles, shown in the background, had always wanted to 'wheel the Rubicon. Greg, being the kind-hearted guy that he was, insisted that his father ride along in what was originally supposed to be his seat with Feature Editor Robin Stover in Project Teal-J. Greg was never one to miss a part of the action, so he simply brought along his quad and rode alongside our convoy, snapping pictures whenever an opportunity presented itself. Greg took this photo while the two rested near Loon Lake at the end of the trip.

Losing Greg was an unfortunate and significant blow to our industry, as his company-Desert Racing Concepts-was at the forefront of modifying trucks for outback adventures. His contributions were numerous, from Off-Road Magazine's project "Great White," to former Four Wheeler Tech Editor Craig Perronne's project "Heavy Metal" in Dirt Sports Magazine, to helping us out with the fiberglass bed sides for the project Mega Titan. Greg had a big heart and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, who assured us at his memorial, "That Rubicon trip you guys took, he couldn't stop talking about it. He had the time of his life with you guys." We couldn't agree more.


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