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Love For The Open Road - The Garage

Drive Your Truck!

Bob Carpenter
Oct 9, 2013
Photographers: Bob Carpenter
I like to drive. I can't hide that fact. A reader in Las Vegas has a nice truck I want to shoot for a feature, so I scheduled a road trip. It's about five hours one way. I'll drive up, shoot the truck, and drive home. Piece of cake. Sometimes I think I should have been a truck driver…except for that falling asleep at the wheel trick I've done a couple of times.
Last week, I drove 160 miles to Camarillo, California, to pick up camera equipment I accidentally left with a friend after a photo shoot the week before. That's two 320-mile round trips if you're counting. I've driven from Cali to the upper peninsula of Michigan. I've driven from Madison, Wisconsin, back to the West Coast through South Dakota and Wyoming (so I could visit Yellowstone). I've driven a motorhome to the tip of Baja. I've hauled a boat behind a truck from Cali to Dayton, Tennessee. I mean, I could go on and on. But you get the point.
"I've driven a motorhome to the tip of Baja. I've hauled a boat behind a truck from Cali to Dayton, Tennessee. I mean, I could go on and on. But you get the point."
So that's why I don't get it when a reader who really (really) wants to get his truck featured in 8-Lug won't drive it a few hours from home to get a photo shoot done. It's a truck, man! Get in it and go! That's what it's built for. Oh well, I guess I'll never understand why someone builds a vehicle to the point that it can't be used as transportation. I've heard people proudly exclaim, "She's only got 23 miles on the odometer!" All I can think of is, Wow, that's embarrassing.
One thing that got me thinking about this subject was a recent Facebook post by Kelly Fromm. You see, Kelly built a badass truck to haul around his badass Freedom Fighter Camaro that's a tribute to honor the fallen. Anyway, take a look at the photo he posted of his truck (left). There's no babying going on—no way. It can be washed up later, right?
I'm not sure if Kanan Gubins even washes his truck (above). OK, I know he does, but he puts it through so much—so often—that he just went ahead and had the whole thing Rhino Lined. Brilliant. No more worries about scratches. Just hammer it.
These guys like to drive their trucks. I like that. I seek them out. I want to do photo shoots with guys like this. Wait…are you a guy (or girl) like this? Then let me know about you and your truck. Email me at Bob.Carpenter@sorc.com. Send a photo or two (not 12—no need to clog up my email) and maybe you can be in Bragging Rights, or you just might get a full feature on your truck. You never know unless you try. Of course, I might make you drive it a few hours to meet me or one of my photographers…
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