Photography contributed by Charlie Scott. No, it’s not 2020’s “StanceWorks Off Road” annual excursion, although we wished it could have been. There’s been a number of curve balls this year, which comes as no surprise to anyone at this point. Between the June birth of Justin and Rose’s daughter, Charlie’s race schedule, COVID restrictions, and everything in between, it almost appeared as though 2020 might go by without so much as a major camping trip at all.
With the hot rod build and the rush of SEMA, it’s been months since I was able to hit the trails and put my Land Cruiser to work. On top of that, a failed transfer case from mid-summer left the truck in a largely unusable state until time allowed for a repair. The post-SEMA dust has settled, though, and now that the FJ60 is back on the road, I’ve been eager to get out and earn a few new paint chips.
It’s been almost six months since I purchased my FJ60, following an accident that rendered my FJ62 Land Cruiser a total loss. I purchased this particular FJ60, bone stock, for two reasons: it’s completely rust free, and it is, if you ask me, the best color the chassis ever came in. After all, there’s a reason new Tacomas are offered in a similar hue.
Every once in a while, it’s nice to leave the lowered cars behind in the name of some weekend fun; however, there’s no fun in making things any easier on ourselves. Instead of speedbumps, we made a Sunday of climbing rocks and dodging holes. Andrew, Cody, and I got together with our great friends Geoff and Kyle, and their pair of Range Rovers, to hit the trails in Big Bear, California.