Just read Firing Order in the September 2018 issue and I have for sure had an easy stuck. I was 17 and took my high school girlfriend to the beach for the day in my ’90 Ford Bronco. It was white with a 5.0L and it lost drag races to minivans, but I was confident in its offroad ability. When we were ready to leave I saw a modified Jeep Wrangler across the parking lot playing in a sandy area. I parked next to the sandy area and thought, Why not run through it on my way out? Well it turns out it was a planter of sorts and had concrete curb surrounding it. As soon as I was fully in it my front tires hit the concrete on the other side. I immediately started to sink. Threw it in 4-Lo and I just got deeper. Now up to the frame in sand, I got out and tried digging sand out of the way. Nothing worked so I waved down the Jeep. I hooked up my towstrap and the Jeep began to tug but I didn’t budge. He was spinning all four of his 35-inch tires on asphalt and my OJ Mobile wasn’t moving. He went and got his friend who came over with a Dodge 2500 with a V-10. That did the trick and I was on my way with a laughing girlfriend and a bruised ego. I learned two important lessons that day: 1.) Never underestimate the terrain and 2.) Don’t date a girl that isn’t willing to help you out of a sticky situation.
By the way, love the magazine. I have been a subscriber since 1995.
KYLE BARRETTE VIA EMAIL