King of the Hammers

By Brian Davidson, Uncharted Staff

Sometimes, when I’m driving my Toyota pickup (no brake problems yet) or my Honda Pilot, I imagine what it would be like to tear off the highway and go bouncing through the fields next to the highway. Then I remember the rainy, bleak morning when I sat in said Toyota with a thrown rod on the side of the road, lamenting how difficult it is to find competent assistance and parts at 3:30 in the morning, and decide, you know what, I’m going to stay on the road.

Cody Fuquay doesn’t do that. Oh, he doesn’t necessarily go tearing off through the wheat or canola, either, but he does take his rig — in this case, a Ruesch Panther — off-road to crawl up rocks, bounce up and down gullies and otherwise find ways to use and abuse his vehicle without worrying about breakdowns, because when he does break down — I did indeed say when — he’s got a mechanic and fabricator with him: himself.

Cody, an Uncharted Explorer, will participate in California’s Griffin King of the Hammers off-road endurance race next week. We hope he survives, emerges victorious and then returns to tell us about everything that happened to him. Good luck, Cody!

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