Compton, California
– Transamerican Auto Parts is proud to announce the 2016 renewal of the Life is Better Off-Road SEMA builder award. After a tremendously successful launch last year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Life is Better Off-Road award has established itself as the premier industry prize awarded by Transamerican Auto Parts to the best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show.

Is Toyota working on a successor to the FJ Cruiser?

The Japanese automaker recently filed an application to trademark “Toyota FT-4X” for automobiles and structural parts thereof, suggesting that the company is working on a new off-road, four-wheel-drive model. The “FT” in the trademark means Future Toyota and has been used previously with the FT-86 Concept that eventually became the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86, as well as the FT-1 Concept that is believed to preview the Supra’s successor.

Buford, GA
– Bushwacker, a wholly owned subsidiary of LUND International, announces the market release of Cowl Covers to its line of strong, tough, durable Trail Armor for Jeep Wrangler JK models. Some automotive accessories are a trendy fad, while others are stylish yet highly functional — enter the Bushwacker Cowl Cover. By arming customers with the ultimate Trail Armor, Bushwacker provides extreme off-roaders with a solution for side mirror damage.

PLan B Feature
Rock crawling is not for the faint of heart.  It takes lots of skill and a fair amount of courage to risk landing your Jeep on its lid. You have to know the limits of yourself and your equipment, and this guy definitely knows what his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is capable of, as he makes quick work of the “Plan B” obstacle at Sand Hollow State Park.

– The all-new 2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV has been named “SUV of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in their 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo, an annual event that puts the industry’s best truck, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico will be revising its forest plan and will host open houses. See the information below for details.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which will guide the management of all forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Service will be hosting a series of three Open House meetings through the end of the year.

The Open Houses will have specific topics, but no agenda. They are windows of opportunity for you to drop in and interact with a variety of SFNF resource specialists about Plan Revision. Depending on interest level, there may the opportunities for additional locations and resource topics in 2017.

– Lincoln Electric has contracted with master builder and television personality Bryan Fuller and longtime educator and author Mark Prosser to team up to teach several seminars on welding and fabricating at Booth 24643 during the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) signature event, Nov. 1-4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Rebelle-Rally-Off-Road-Female-12-4-15On Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe.  Seventy-six women from 19 states and 4 countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid.

Hurricane, UT
– Trail Hero wrapped up Saturday with a full day of trail rides, plus Bounty Hill and the Lasernut Rock Race followed by closing ceremonies in downtown Hurricane.

Jeep Girls Feature
A woman who happily encourages her man to go off-roading is a rarity.

A woman who accompanies her man off-roading is even better.

A woman who drives and can work on her own Jeep is… priceless.