I started planning this trip a long time ago, in my free time. When it was finally time to leave, I left Santa Barbara around 9am on Saturday to start the long trek towards the St. George area to meet up with Chandler and Chris at the trail head of a spot I like.
It’s hard to believe that it’s going on two years now that I’ve owned my FJ62 Land Cruiser. I bought it on a bit of a whim, in need of a new daily driver. I had eyed cheaper 4x4s such as Monteros and Jeeps, with the 60-series Land Cruiser taking a back seat solely due to cost; it was, after all, the truck I wanted most of the lot. However, one within my budget was hidden in the depths of Craigslist, with no info and a misspelled title.
Over the weekend following a fit of boredom, the StanceWorks crew took to Craigslist, as a competition of sorts to find the cheapest car for sale. Within an hour, we had our hands on a rather nice example of a 2002 Saturn SL2, complete with working AC, cruise control, and power accessories. Truthfully, it makes a great candidate for a cheap commuter, but for the $201 price tag, we knew what had to be done.
Toyota, for many, isn’t the first marque to come to mind when discussing the cars of Group B rally fame. While Toyota saw several wins in its career, they are vastly overshadowed by the likes of the infamous giants: the Audi S1, the Ford RS200, the Lancia Delta, and the Peugeot 205, among others.