DARK eARTH

Pasmag (USA) - - SGT. STEELE -

peo­plep tak­ing pho­tos and ask­ing ques­tions”, says Bran­don, re­call­ing the count­less times he’s been ap­proached by cu­ri­ous on­look­ers. “I al­ways say even though this is 'my' truck, it's not about me. It's about show­cas­ing those that built it and the com­pa­nies that sup­port my builds. An­swer­ing ques­tions about parts or the process at shows is awe­some to me.”

Bran­don’s truck is cer­tainly one of a kind, just like Bran­don him­self. De­spite be­ing the or­ches­tra­tor of the build, he knows that he couldn’t be where he is to­day with­out the help and sup­port of his friends and fam­ily. He con­cludes with wide­spread thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion. “I know that with­out the sup­port of my girl­friend, Kristin Jus­tus, hav­ing this build wouldn't be pos­si­ble. She has sup­ported my dreams from day one and is al­ways there when things stress me out. My daugh­ter, Sarena, also keeps me ex­cited about build­ing some­thing cool be­cause I see how much it teaches her about fol­low­ing your dreams. Mak­ing friends through­out the process and turn­ing those friends into fam­ily has made this build some­thing that will al­ways stay with me.” He goes on to ex­tend fur­ther thanks to Mike Mash­burn, Trevor Lu­cia, Chris Tryon, Shawn Arnold, Jonathan Blanken­ship, Alex Leonard, Austin Brig­mon, Dustin May­bin, and any­one else who helped along the way.

With an­other year in mo­tion and SEMA on ap­proach, one can only spec­u­late as to what Bran­don will build next, if any­thing. What­ever he chooses, you can be sure that it will re­ceive the ut­most at­ten­tion to de­tail, as all of his projects do. Un­til then, res­i­dents of North Carolina and the sur­round­ing area can catch him rolling around in the Dark Earth Tundra. Don’t be afraid to stop and ask him about it, or just to pay him some com­pli­ments. We’re sure he won’t mind.

“I AL­WAYS SAY EVEN THOUGH THIS IS 'MY' TRUCK, IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. IT'S ABOUT SHOW­CAS­ING THOSE THAT BUILT IT AND THE COM­PA­NIES THAT SUP­PORT MY BUILDS.”

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