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4-Wheel & Off-Road Staff Mishaps - Whoops!

Posted in Whoops on February 18, 2014
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Jerk Testing
Rick Péwé took his Cheap Truck Challenge XJ to Azusa Canyon to test towstraps. He successfully flung some mud before sinking to the frame multiple times and getting yanked out by locals. Luckily, his signature Galilee-inspired river sandals have good flotation characteristics.

Mud Buggy
Former tech editor and current Nuts & Bolts columnist Trent McGee has completed every Ultimate Adventure. His TJ-based buggy’s maiden voyage was the 2007 UA. Early in the trip, a Texas mud hole got deep on the passenger side. The intake is on that side, and Trent didn’t want to hydraulic the motor. So he tried to straddle the hole. He got too far over and fell in the hole he was trying to avoid. He steered downhill, pinned it, and miraculously clawed out of the hole and landed upright.

Las Cruces
Revenge Feature Editor Harry Wagner had run every “extreme” Las Cruces trail but one: Patzcuarro’s Revenge. He went for it at last year’s Chile Challenge. Harry had the smallest tires and the most sheetmetal in his group. He let his friend Adrian drive while he shot photos of his Toyota flopping on its roof on the very first obstacle. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Tech Editor Fred Williams brought his ’73 CJ-5 to the annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari a few years back and somehow got stuck at the bottom of a hill that posed zero issues for everyone else in the group. 8274 to the rescue!

Follow the Leader
Contributor Tom Morr learned the drawbacks of playing follow-the leader behind Rick Péwé’s wide-track flatfender. The Rubicon’s Sluices didn’t leave their marks, but the CJ slid safely sideways into Buck Island.

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