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2000 Ford Excursion - Red Sled

When Derek Vanner needs to get his crew up to the hills, his '00 Ford Excursion does it at altitude, with attitude

Isaac Mion
Sep 3, 2013
Photographers: Isaac Mion
There are three reasons people live in Colorado: snowy nights, sunny days, and the games played in that environment. One of those activities is snowmobiling, and Mile Hi Motorsports employee Derek Vanner and his motley crew can be found up in the Rockies every winter weekend racing snocross and generally wreaking havoc on Mother Nature.
"The nice thing about the Excursion, is it has plenty of room for all my buddies," Vanner says. "Plus, we get to ride in style. So, anywhere we go, guess who is the driver?"
This isn't Vanner's first rodeo. His '03 F-250 Power Stroke graced the pages of 8-Lug back in 2010. Now, three years later, he's back with a vengeance and reaching for the clouds with this sky-high Excursion.
"After I sold my '03 F-250, I was looking for something different," he says. "Something I could still go big with and be able to pull our snowmobile trailer with. It took a few months and a trip all the way to Kentucky, but I found it."
Vanner mentioned that the most memorable experience with the truck has been the reactions he gets driving down the road. "You get a lot of dirty looks, but that just puts a smile on my face," he says with a grin.
That's right, Vanner, shake them haters off. Just put your Amp Research sidesteps down, get in your rig, and hit the slopes!

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