Brav­ing the ice at the Kelowna Toy Run

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ON AN ICY MORN­ING, with the mer­cury div­ing well be­low 0°C, Ed­i­tor Irons and I ar­rived at the meet­ing lo­ca­tion in Stinky Jeep. Tim the Toy­ota (FJ40) was pulled apart in Irons shop and couldn’t come out and play; Eco Zuk… well let’s not even go there.

The Sal­va­tion Army was set up with their trailer, trad­ing toys and cash do­na­tions for cof­fee and hot choco­late, a grate­ful gift on the cold early morn­ing.

The rigs were com­ing in by the dozens, with a fan­tas­tic mix of gen­res, in­clud­ing new, old, bat­tered, pris­tine, stock, six-fig­ure snow wheel­ers, 2WD, 4WD, im­ports and do­mes­tics. The en­tire off-road­ing world was rep­re­sented, from “just rolled out of the barn” red­necks to snobby over­lan­ders and ev­ery­one in be­tween. It was the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly of Wheel­ers, how­ever, we weren’t there to solve all the world’s prob­lems, and it didn’t take long for the min­gling to start. In all, 392 ve­hi­cles an­swered the call, with many more show­ing up mid­day mak­ing this the big­gest Kelowna Toy Run yet.

The do­na­tion ta­ble was

When it was all said and done, the Sal­va­tion Army raised $3,590 in the ket­tle and par­tic­i­pants do­nated 314 toys for the kids. De­spite a few rigs need­ing help mak­ing it home, the Toy Run con­tin­ues to be a great suc­cess.

This year the or­gan­is­ers will con­tinue the Toy Run tra­di­tion and are also go­ing to col­lect food for the Sal­va­tion Army food bank along with toy do­na­tions.

Get more in­cred­i­ble im­ages of these win­ter wheel­ers in the Read­ers Rides fea­ture at the end of this is­sue.

over­flow­ing with toys and it was time to go wheel­ing. Tyson and his band of vol­un­teers cre­ated a fan­tas­tic route once again. A great mix of scenic FSR’s and tricky lit­tle tech­ni­cal side trail con­nec­tions. The tech­ni­cal sec­tions were great fun yet still...

The winches came out to get the stock run­ners out of harm’s way.

It wasn’t all clear sail­ing for Stinky Jeep, well it never is.

Par­tic­i­pants do­nated 314 toys to the Sal­va­tion Army. WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY BUDD STAN­LEY


Am­bi­tious Zuk.

For­tune favours the bold.

All makes, mod­els and mods were rep­re­sented.

A help­ful tug saved this FJ owner from a chilly swim to shore.

A cou­ple well-placed mud holes brought the pro­ces­sion to a halt in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions.

For­tune doesn’t al­ways favour the bold.

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