AP­PROACH AN­GLE

4WDrive - - Contents - BY PERRY MACK, PHO­TOS BY BUDD STAN­LEY

Some of us don’t han­dle praise well (maybe it’s just me). But out of all the reader emails I’ve re­cently re­ceived I wanted to share this one, as it is praise for some of our con­trib­u­tors. They are the un­sung tell­ers of Cana­dian 4x4 sto­ries, clear and true voices, which rise above the tide of in­ter­na­tional tales that at­tempt to ob­scure our unique and im­por­tant Cana­dian 4x4 ex­pe­ri­ences. I read the lat­est is­sue of 4WDrive with great in­ter­est. It is in­spir­ing to see pic­tures of old rigs like mine (an 80 se­ries Land Cruiser) and to hear sto­ries from peo­ple I can re­late to.

Too many pub­li­ca­tions fo­cus on the high dol­lar, the es­o­teric - the un­reach­able. And so I was heart­ened to read about the ad­ven­tures of Ms. Wheeler, Mr. Melville, and Messrs. Cer­ruti and Butt. Now this is some­thing achiev­able; this is some­thing I can re­late to!

In short, I loved the tone and fo­cus of the new is­sue.

One more thing - I want to ap­plaud Mr. Stan­ley for his coura­geous opin­ion piece on North Amer­ica’s ad­dic­tion to un­nec­es­sar­ily large 4x4s. Un­til that changes, we aren’t go­ing to get mass-mar­ket ve­hi­cles that are ac­tu­ally prac­ti­cal, use­ful, fits-down-the-trail ca­pa­ble. The good stuff. What I wouldn’t give for a Hilux or a proper diesel HDJ 78/79 se­ries Land Cruiser...

Any­how, con­grat­u­la­tions. Con­tent like this will en­sure I con­tinue to be a sub­scriber into the fu­ture. T. Dob­son

As we cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th this year, let’s also cel­e­brate all the Cana­di­ans who tell our unique sto­ries, in our own unique lan­guage and lo­ca­tions - the coun­try where we gather, re­gard­less of prov­ince or ter­ri­tory, at Tim’s or PetroCan, be­fore head­ing out to camp, or hit the trails.

I would like to thank you, our in­creas­ing num­ber of read­ers - for shar­ing the mag with friends, sub­scrib­ing, buy­ing the mag - in print and dig­i­tal, sign­ing up for the monthly news­let­ters, and shar­ing your sto­ries and send­ing in your story re­quests.

I raise a beer and toast you, as I sit at camp with friends, re­flec­tions of flick­er­ing fire­light off a muddy 4x4, al­most lost in the Cana­dian wilder­ness.

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