If you didn't make it to the Summit, or would just like to check out the event guide from this year - now you can! The guide is availble as a PDF download right HERE.
This year we included several new articles (Family Activites & Animas Forks) along with the great maps you've come to expect in the event guide.
You can download this guide and bring it along the next time you visit the Ouray / Silverton / Telluride area, or collect them all!
Do you have great photos or an article idea for the 2015 guide? Get in touch & let us know your thoughts!
Our awesome contributor Stan Wright was at the FJ Summit represting the TLCA, and served as Black Bear Ambassador during one of the trail days.
He put together this excellent video of his time on the most iconic trail in the area.
Summer is in full swing, and we're getting ready to head to Ouray for FJ Summit #8!
But before we do, how about the July issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine?
This issue is one of our best yet, with coverage of more events than ever before! You'll find a pic Phillip took at the Lone Star Jamboree on the cover, and inside we have stories from Overland Expo, Texas Lone Star Jamboree, Rock Therapy, Cruise Moab, and several trip reports. We have plenty more in this issue too:
Don't forget, you can now get TCT delivered straight to your iPad via the TCT Magazine app. At just $2.99 per issue, or $9.99 for an annual subscription, it's the best way to experience Toyota Cruisers, Trucks, and SUVs. We include videos & slideshows for many articles, and everything is fully interactive!
To get your copy of the July 2014 issue of TCT Magazine:
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Marv was a giver. A generous, passionate, good-natured man with a library of information he shared freely and enthusiastically with everyone, Marv’s greatest gift was his friendship. “I never met a friend I didn’t like,” he used to say, and if you were his friend, you felt it. Marv was a mentor to many of us who regularly sought his sound and smart advice. He possessed an old wisdom, from a very young age, and people were attracted to and drew from this energy. He liked his flannel shirts, often holey, missing buttons, rolled up to his elbows covered in grease from turning wrenches on the car he loved, but he always remained a true gentleman.
Marv founded Specter Off-Road in 1981 with Kay, his partner and best friend, who was literally “the girl next door,” and who became his wife of 34 years. Specter Off-Road is Marv’s homage to Land Cruisers and the Cruising community. Marv’s passion for and knowledge of Land Cruisers is reflected in the coveted annual Specter Off Road Catalog which fueled the interest for other Land Cruiser lovers, and because of that passion, today, Specter Off Road houses the largest Land Cruiser museum in the world.
The love for Land Cruisers took Marv and Kay all over the world to meet with others who shared their crazy passion. They made many lifelong friends in countries like Japan, Australia, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Europe and the Philippines. Friends who Marv would insist stay with he and Kay at their home when visiting Specter Off-Road, for a more familial, less touristy visit with home cooked meals and personal attention. But Marv was not only generous with friends, but anyone, even total strangers, within the Land Cruiser community. Like the time, for instance, a couple travelling the world in their 70 Series Land Cruiser broke down and Specter Off Road was the only place with the part they needed to fix their vehicle. Marv insisted the couple stay with he and Kay for several days while the Land Cruiser was repaired at Specter. Many of these people they met while travelling the world are in Marv’s closest circle of friends. Marv never let distance get in the way of great friendships. He always felt humbled that the Land Cruiser brought so many good people into his life.
Even in his struggle with deteriorating health, he remained loving and giving and grateful for the many people who touched his life and helped to shape this great man we all knew as Marv Spector. From our hearts to yours, we thank you all for being Marv’s friend.
From the day we met him until the day we said goodbye, having Marv in our lives was a gift of pure friendship, and as he always liked to say, “We’ll be friends until the end!”
Marv is survived by his bride, Kay, his sister, Melinda, his faithful dog, Hootie, the dedicated team at Specter Off Road, and the thousands of lucky people to have been touched in some way by him.
Keep Cruising, Marv,
The legend of the Land Cruiser Lives On.
My introduction to the Land Cruiser lineage was my 1972 FJ-40 and wanting to continue with the tradition with something larger, my wife and I decided on a 2002 100 Series for our all-around 4x4. We planned on building a camping and exploring vehicle that was as comfortable on the road as it was capable off-road with plenty of cargo space inside. I knew the front differential was the only weak point on the 100 Series and after learning about its capabilities I thought we’d be fine. This is true to a point, but if you actually wheel your 100, you are taking a chance on a blown front differential every time you take it out. We didn’t buy the 100 to be a rock crawler, but we all know situations arise on the trail and eventually you are going to push it to its limits. There have been many discussions on blown gears and other trail carnage with the ATRAC system and lack of wheel travel on the 100. When a wheel is lifted into the air and then comes back in contact with the ground it can violently gain traction, “snap”, this is where the differential gives out. It simply cannot handle the sudden force that comes through the axle shaft after the tire abruptly regains traction.
Authenticity, it’s a word that the world is scrambling to reconnect with. Our lives are digital, our relationships are virtual, our “experiences” are so often composed from an image or video we wish was our own. It’s a sad state really, and even though the world is losing its tangible connections, all is not lost. The good thing is that the world is still waiting: it hasn’t gone anywhere. The fact is we still move through it. Whether we engage in it or not is up to us.
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Some of you may have seen the recent Top Gear (USA) episode that included a 2014 TTUE FJ Cruiser, the Overland Journal LR4, and an AEV Brute Jeep conversion. If not, you can watch it here. I'll wait.
Before I wrote this I watched the episode a few times, partly to capture a few screen shots, but mostly to make sure I really understand what was going on. Like most network television, Top Gear is simply entertainment. The hosts are nice enough guys, and they make us chuckle, but they're not necessarily experts when it comes to vehicles, espcially when it comes to off-road, 4x4, or overland vehicles. When keeping that fact in mind with this particular episode, it's actually quite entertaining.
But there is more.
For those of you not familiar with this event, allow me to give you some background info. 2014 was the 11th annual Round Up held by Lone Star Land Cruisers, which is an event open for all. Our rules are simple: be safe and have fun. Katemcy Rocks near Mason, Texas offers the perfect venue and a very unique opportunity for fun in the heart of Texas. The park consists of granite outcrops offering all types of wheeling from the crazy “I got this…” picture opportunities to rock obstacles and trails that offer chal
lenge, but little chance of damage. You can hop on a trail and run the obstacles or simply take off across the ranch in search of a playground fitting your rig and level of driving expertise. The event has developed a following that routinely draws rigs from coast to coast. This year included a half a dozen rigs from California and Nevada. There were also rigs from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and of course Texas.