Words By Matthew Scott
Photos By Scott Brady, Ray Hyland, and Matthew Scott
For Jeep, the 2012 model year brings the most refined Wrangler ever to be offered to the masses, and it's no secret that we like it. We even named the Unlimited model our 2011 SUV of the Year in the Expedition Portal Overland Awards last year. But what makes the Wrangler Unlimited so fantastic?
A good friend of mine (who works too much) was back in town yesterday, so we decided that it was about time I took my truck out. Despite being home for two weeks now, I still hadn’t taken the Cockroach (my 99 Toyota 4Runner) onto anything difficult, so he loaded up his family and I loaded up my dog and we headed up Senator Highway. Lunch was had at an old mining camp just past the end of pavement, where we devoured our lunch (a lovely Subway sandwich.)
Have you been wishing bell-bottoms, paisley, Jefferson Airplane, and mustaches would make a comeback? Are you the kind of person who loves near-perfect vintage vans? We might just have the ticket for you. BringATrailer.com found a 1970 Ford E200 Custom Club Wagon that is totally complete, it's been stored in a climiate controlled garage for it's entire pleasant live in Ontario, Canada. This van has everything you need for a fantastic road trip, it's outfitted with a refridgerator, stove, sink, refridgerator, toilet, and even a bed and a place to eat.
Words by Matthew Scott
Photography by Charles Nordstrom and Matthew Scott
As much as I love off-highway travel, it's not exactly a necessity for vehicle-based adventure. There's plenty of beautiful and scenic roads all over the world that require nothing more than a small economy car to enjoy. Once you leave behind your stigma that a 4wd is required in every situation and get the idea into your head that you can actually have a bit of adventure and fun in almost any vehicle, you're on the path to enlightenment. When the idea for Overland Journal and Expedition Portal to take place in the 14th annual British, European Auto Tour (BEAT) came about, the initial thought was clear, let's take my vintage Land Rover; However, when we started looking at the rest of the participants vehicles, we quickly realized we'd need something that could do the speed limit.
In the United States at least, the only way we can get a number of heavy-hitting overland vehicles is by taking advantage of the 25 year EPA and DOT import exemption. This means if a vehicle is over 25 years old, the Government doesn't care if you bring it into the country, and they let you register it—legally. You'll notice that the Land Rover Defender gets a lions-share of publicity when it comes to importing rare 4wd's, and for some odd reason, the 70 series Land Cruiser gets almost no attention. I rarely see the vehicles being imported even though it's totally legal to do so for the older models now. Here's one of the first 70 series Land Cruiser's I've seen in a while for sale that has been legally imported and registered in the United States.
Two days of adventure in the San Rafael Swell with the Wasatch Cruisers and Cruise Moab.
Images, video and text by Scott Brady
For the 2012 Cruise Moab event, the Wasatch Cruisers and Expedition Utah hosted another overnighter in the San Rafael Swell. This is a hugely popular run for Cruise Moab and often fills in less than 24 hours. Kurt Williams of Cruiser Outfitters and an ExPo member was the event's host and trail leader, and along with his team of volunteers, did a fantastic job of coordinating the three day boondoggle.
One of the challenges involved with packing a motorcycle is making things accessible, while still being secure. Accessibility is what made me look for extra luggage, specifically tank panniers. My tank bag is typically full of camera gear, so I needed somewhere else to store things like a first aid kit, and a tire gauge that I didn’t want buried in the saddle bags. A friend of mine lives down the street from Wolfman, so for convenience reasons that was my choice (not to mention their reputation for quality). Turns out this was also a wise choice.