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My Long-Lost International Scout Photos

Firing Order editorial: An old photo album coughs up some cool Binder photos.

Ken BrubakerAuthor, Photography

During some overdue office rearranging I recently unearthed a long-lost old photo album that I had forgotten about. The contents of the album included a collection of International Scout photos I took over 30 years ago.

Way Back in 1989

The year was 1989, and I was an Illinois farm-dwelling International Scout and general 4x4 junkie. To my surprise, the 4-Wheel & Off-Road Jamboree Spring Nationals came to the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Pecatonica, Illinois, which was only 7 miles from my house. To say I was stoked was an understatement. I was there in my 1977 International Scout every day of the three-day show, Canon AE-1 blazing, burning through rolls of film, swapping those rolls of film out of the camera every 36 exposures.

Fun Facts About Some of the Photos

Even though International had pulled the plug on the Scout nine years earlier, there was still a bumper crop of Scouts being wheeled, raced, and driven daily, a number of which had flocked to the Jamboree. Fun facts about some of these pictures: The big white Scout in the mud was flat-towed to the event (I only know this because I found a photo of it being towed by a motorhome), and a few years later it ended up in the hands of a friend of mine as his daily driver. The blue Terra pickup was very similar to my brother-in-law's Terra, right down to the stripes. And the tall Scout show truck was a staple in the Show 'N' Shine area at Jamborees for many years.

A Modern Scout Would Be Nice

Nowadays Scouts are pretty rare at shows and on the trail. I always liked them for their simplicity and ruggedness, and I wouldn't complain if a modern version of the Scout and Terra pickup were produced along those lines. But I won't hold my breath.

Do you recognize any of these Scouts? Perhaps you saw them on the trail or in a show. If you did, drop me an email at ken.brubaker@fourwheeler.com and tell me about it.