Sideways Readers’ Vehicles

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    Send us your Jeeps! Unlike our chance to showcase your built rides in Jeep Shots, Sideways is all about your sunk/stuck/rolled Jeep experience, your military Jeep experience, your family vacation-in-a-Jeep experience, or other part of your personal history in which a Jeep played a part. We want to see and hear, so send us a high-resolution pic, and don’t forget the most important parts of all—tell us who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and any other fun backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you’re from if you’re not the one in the photo. Make sure the photo is high resolution (1,600 by 2,000 pixels or around 2 megapixels) and a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file. No PDFs. Email the photo and story to with the subject line “Sideways.”

    Thank Mike and Kathy Leddy for sharing this cool oldie and goodie of their father, John. This was taken on Mindanao in August 1945. “He served in the Army Medical Corps and retired from the Army in 1964. He wished he could have brought this Jeep home with him!”

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    Giles Blair of Carlsbad, California, sent us this pic of his Jeep that he got in a trade for a ’64 Chevy pickup that had suffered front-end damage in a collision with a Ford Thunderbird. “The title for the Jeep read ‘1940 Ford MB,’ and if you think that’s odd, when I had to remove a broken rear pinion gear, it had ‘1939’ stamped on the shaft.” His Sideways-style adventures have included launching his Jeep off a hill at a construction site “ala Rat Patrol,” then driving it for a few weeks before realizing the frame was broken. Also: “My trail skills were primitive and consisted almost entirely of ‘back up and get a good run at it,’ without regard to the nature of the obstacle. This technique worked fairly well with a steep hill or a patch of soft ground, but not so much with, say, a fallen log or a deep ravine.” Another time, Giles and his friend Larry decided to go wheeling at night and, “we were crossing this little creek when thick mud poured in both sides and filled our Jeep tub up to about knee level.”

    Pure Carnage
    How did Derek Turgeon of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, spend one particular Thanksgiving weekend? In his ’89 Jeep YJ Pro Light (W.O.R.R.) at the Total Off Road Experience, “with the guys from Western Off Road Racing. I took a bad line, and at 90 km/h, suspension loaded up and threw me over the handlebars, lol. This was my first roll. I will never forget the lesson learned—give lots of room between your helmet and your rollcage, or you’re going to sleep.”

    Vintage Mangled
    This is from PFC Gerald Palmer Omaha, Nebraska, 82 Airborne Division, Company 504. “Driving with Master Sargeant, riding along to an 18-day division-wide training exercise in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1958.” Gerald was in a 100-plus Jeep convoy “on a dusty road with the windshield in the down position with another convoy of Jeeps going in the opposite direction when the collision happened. No one got hurt.”