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  • Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition


2014 Jeep Wrangler: The Last Bastion Of Rugged Off-Roading?

Jeep Wrangler SEMA Warn Winch

The Jeep Wrangler was crowned “hottest 4×4 of the year” for the fourth time at this year’s SEMA show.

That shouldn’t surprise anyone, seeing as it pretty much has the “hot 4×4″ category all to itself. With the demise of the FJ Cruiser, the Wrangler is the only customizable off-road play-oriented new vehicle you can buy.

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‘Scarlet Ibis’ Has New Ideas About How To Run A Coffee Shop

Scarlet Ibis, Exterior My locally-cognizant girlfriend claimed she found a new coffee place on Franklin Ave (Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, USA). When I went to investigate the following day, her astuteness was confirmed– the man mixing lattes at what I discovered was a Trinidad And Tobagain-themed establishment called “Scarlet Ibis” had opened his doors the day before.

From the outside, Ibis does not break away from the dingy/chic vibe mirrored in the façade of every Crown Heights establishment catering to hipsters (as opposed to the just plain “dingy” vibe of the area’s bodegas). It’s hard to spot as it has no signage beyond a small chalkboard on the sidewalk, but this will not surprise an avid NYC coffee hunter.

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German Military Hardware Hiding In Upstate NY

Deep in the Catskill Range lies a strange military surplus retail outfit staffed by a sole, cantankerous old proprietor.

I happened upon the place en route to my grandfather’s house, and demanded we stop on the way back for a look.

The guy had half a dozen Unimogs, Deuce-And-A-Halfs, four shipping containers worth of surplus wear, and this VW-powered treaded  Bundeswehr-mobile.

German Army Crawler

I reckoned it would have been the perfect tool to get out of my driveway this winter, but the maniac behind the counter wanted some obscene amount of money for it.

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The Baja 1000 Desert Race Starts Tonight

2013 Baja 1000

This year is the 46th iteration of the (in)famous dash in the desert known as the Baja 1000. The Ensenada, Baja, Mexico based-event pits trucks, bikes, and buggies against the brutal environment that is the Baja Peninsula. The festivities kicked off on the 12th and officially conclude on the 17th.

The action starts at 11:00 PM Pacific Standard Time with bikes and ATVs, with cars and trucks running the next day at 9 AM Pacific.

You can catch the action on livestream here, and track racers live via SPOT here.

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Massive Photo Gallery From Biggest U.S. Off-Road Adventure Event

Land Rover DormobileMonths ago I made it out to Arizona for the 2013 “Overland Expo“– a multi-day festival in the desert at which packs of expedition-obsessed people driving all manner of motors congregate to talk shop, swap stories, and show off their rigs.

Today, as I look longingly toward the sky through a Brooklyn airshaft, it’s time to revisit that glorious weekend and share it here.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Caterham Motorcycles

Caterham, famous maker of that delightfully classic open-wheel road racer we all love, has announced intentions to have a go at motorcycles. Three prototypes were revealed days ago at the International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan, and we’re all eager to see what becomes of them.

Caterham Bikes will offer two electric options (“Classic-E” and “Carbon-E”, you can guess which one is modern looking) and one 750CC dual sport called “Brutus.”

The Brutus is being billed as “the SUV of motorcycles” and will have an automatic transmission, plus the capability of being converted into a snowmobile through some sort of conversion kit that, Caterham promises, can be fitted in four hours.

…Consider me officially intrigued.

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Farewell To The Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate EditionThe last Toyota FJ Cruisers will roll off the assembly line with the conclusion of the 2014 model year. To commemorate the departure of the iconic off-roader, Toyota is building 2,500 “Trail Teams Ultimate Edition” FJs.

Features include the special “Heritage Blue” color that harkens to FJs of yore, TRD suspension, a skid plate, bead-lock wheels, BF Goodrich A/T KO tires, rock sliders and a roof rack.

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