Toyota has released their full 17 minute Volcano Hopping Video from their trip to Chile with the TRD Pro Tundra.
The film has a very high production value, as is to be expected, and includes plenty of footage showcasing what the out-of-the-box TRD Pro can do.
Dennis Lloyd, Bob Holliday, Jim Akers, Angie Williams, Shane Williams
The Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Team was out in full force at FJ Summit #9 last week. Dennis Lloyd, our FJ Cruiser editor was primary for this trip, but he was joined by Daniel, Bob, Shane, and Jim as well. Jonathan is a director of the FJ Summit so even though he was there (and captured some amazing photos of the event for us), he wasn’t functioning in a TCT Capacity.
You’ll read much more about the event when our full article comes out in the October issue, but for now we wanted to share some of our most interesting photos and the stories behind them.
Dennis was everywhere duing this event! In town around HQ, Imogene Pass, Black Bear Pass, at the parties, you name it - he covered it!
Bob & Kayla had a chance to join Bobby Culpepper from CVT (Cascadia Vehicle Tents) on a run up & over Imogene Pass, which seemed to be one of the most popular trails this year. Angie took the 4Runner over when she led a ladies run, and Dennis enjoyed a night run to the top of Imogene.
The Wall on Poughkeepsie Gulch was a pretty tough obstacle on Saturday due to nearly 2” of rain falling overnight and in the morning. The guys from Fort’s Toyota made it look easy in their 4Runner though. Unfortunately another 4Runner wasn’t as successful when trying the harder line. Everyone was OK and the truck drove just fine after the flop.
For Shane, Angie & the family, this was a special FJ Summit: the first without the TRD FJC (which Kayla drove expertly on Poughkeepsie), and the first WITH the SEMA 4Runner. The 4Runner (the same that adorns our July cover) performed flawlessly on both Imogene Pass and Mineral Creek.
We even had the opportunity to test drive Apollo, one of the Expedition Overland 2015 4Runners!
Also new for this Summit: the TCT Explorer! Jim Akers took the truck over to Ouray, then over the more-difficult-than-normal Imogene Pass. The truck had no issues with the rutted out sections of the trail and made it into Telluride before lunch!
Lining up for the epic end-of-summit group photo!
Make your plans for July 2016 as we all once again head to Ouray for FJ Summit #10!
Who doesn't love a great video featuring a TRD Pro Tundra?
In this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams takes an Inferno TRD Pro from the US-Mexico border on the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Washington State, with plenty of fun dirt tracks along the way.
The episode is sponsored by 4 Wheel Parts, so the team made sure there was ample opportunity to test some of their gear. Also, the crew (who mostly ride in a 2nd Tundra), made sure the TRD Pro Bilstein suspenion was nice & shiny for the off-road shots. That makes sense since this is basically a 29 minute video showing how awesome the TRD Pro trim is.
Our favorite? Taking the Tundra up Hell's Gate on Hell's Revenge in Moab multiple times. This is a 'stock' TRD Pro, without added lift, tires, or traction control devices.
This really is an amazing truck, and the message of 'get out & explore' hits home for many of us.
Editor's Note: Some of the shots in this video are not great examples of how to enjoy your outdoors (speeding through the forest for example). These are professional drivers on a closed course (we hope).
Jeremy from AZFJs captured some great footage of his group running Broken Arrow and the Homestead trail with his DJI Inspire 1 drone. We always love seeing FJ Cruiser trucks in action! Get in touch if you'd like us to feature your photos or video!
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The new season of Expedition Overland, their Central America exploration, hits on July 8th. They've released two new videos ahead of the official premier: A full trailer as well as a Vehicle Build Video.
The teaser shows what we've come to expect from XO: A great group exploring and finding adventure, this time in Central America. This season will cover 10 Countries and 10,000 miles and we'll be ready to check it out on July 8th!
The Vehicle Build video begins with thier partnership with Toyota USA and goes over the various modifications made to the all new 2015 Trail Premium 4Runners, as well as the 2013 Tacoma. The three vehicles are very well prepared to tackle anything and everything along the journey.
We'll be doing a Hangout on Air next Wednesday the 8th, so look for it on our YouTube Channel as we all watch the premier of Expedition Overland: Central America.
Deep in the Texas hills where rural communities flaunt rustic décor and pickup trucks are the primary means of transportation, the 12th annual Lone Star Land Cruiser Round Up entertained 163 people during four days of sunny spring weather. A jaunt around the campground reveals a truck variety spanning crawlers, expedition rigs, and low-tech Land Cruisers. Despite taking place at an off-road park, some attendees choose the path of Land Cruiser preservation over a dirt path. As an open event, other Toyota 4WD trucks are in the mix, but Land Cruisers account for the majority.
Olivia and her FJ Cruiser met in the summer of 2007 while she was attending Ohio State. The FJ served mainly as a means to get to and from class, and the ice rink where she played Division I. During the summer months, her hockey commitment was at a minimum and Olivia enjoyed trips camping and fishing near the Columbus area. After graduating, Olivia and her boyfriend, Ben, packed the FJ and headed west to Colorado, to satisfy their love for the Rocky Mountains and the FJ's true potential. So thoughtful!
It’s been a long road, to say the least…our journey from buying a silver FJ Cruiser in 2007 (used with about 10,000 miles) to signing the papers on a brand new 2015 Tundra Crew Max in gorgeous radiant red. This is our journey:
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