Hmm … Amarillo spy shots?


Most auto enthusiasts are used to seeing photos of camouflaged new models in the pages of their favorite magazines. And, it’s not uncommon to see manufacturers’ test mules on the roads of Michigan or doing warm-weather testing in Arizona or California.

But, I was a bit taken back today to see a half-dozen SUVs wearing camouflage and license plates from Michigan and Alabama rolling through traffic along Interstate 40 here in Amarillo! By the time I got my phone out to take a few photos, one of the drivers spotted my rubber-necking and held an FRS-style radio to his mouth. The next thing I knew, the vehicles were speeding off through traffic.

It was quite unexpected!


PHOTOS: 2019 Jeep Cherokee redesign

A softened Jeep KL Cherokee debuted Tuesday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Click through the photos above, then read my first thoughts here.

Lights up, and ready to glow!

I finally put up the last few lights in this year’s Christmas display this weekend. We try to change it up just a little every year, and we’re excited about how this year’s turned out. And, of course, I’m already making plans for next year!

My mod: Your voice!

Here’s the scoop: Regular readers of this blog know I’ve long been planning a set of rock sliders as the next addition to my Jeep. And, that’s still my inclination.

But, a couple of things have happened recently to give me a moment of pause in my planning. First, I stumbled upon a surprising deal on a set of name-brand LED pods. Second, the eBay-sourced, el cheapo switch for my rock lights died on the trail last weekend.

All this has me thinking: Do I stick with my rock-slider plan, and wait six months to a year (based on my typical mod rate) to replace the switch? Or, do I replace the economy-oriented switch with a six-switch, header-mounted model that will control by CB, rock lights and back-up lights — and allow future expansion as I add other lights and accessories? And, if I go the switch route, do I add some A-pillar lights to it, or reserve what funds I can to go toward a future rock-slider purchase?

I’ve considered and reconsidered my plans, and made pro-vs.-con lists until my brains turned to Jello. Now, it’s your turn. Have fun with the poll below. More importantly, though, I’d like to invite your comments; please explain why you’d make the choice you would.

Who knows, you may just influence my final decision!


Water, mud and fire mark weekend of wheeling

Smokey and I hit the trails at the Canadian River on Saturday after riding in the annual Tri-State Fair parade in Amarillo. It was a brief trip, as one of the Jeeps in the group was suffering repeated starter issues. But, it wasn’t entirely without incident, as one of the rigs got buried in the river, and another caught fire after I left! (Thankfully, it was a small blaze, and both occupants were unharmed.)

I recorded a little video, but work has prevented me from scrubbing through it for clips to share. So, watch for more soon.

NOTE: Thanks to Jessica for the photos of Smokey at Big Red!