These Classic Off-Roading Photos Will Make You Want to Hit the Trails
Ever since humans figured out how to ditch the horse, we have pointed our horseless carriages – or jeeps, trucks, bikes, tricycles, whatever – at the most impassive, inhospitable, and downright ruthless terrain we can bump a toe on. . In the first half of the 20th century, many four-wheeled vehicles weren’t made out of hobby, but out of necessity, since the world wasn’t as paved as it is now.
Since then, we’ve transformed the idea of tackling the unknown into an international sport, a relaxing pastime and an integral part of the world of car enthusiasts. That’s why we picked up prime footage of old 4x4s, trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, and strollers getting dirty in rocks, mud, and sand, all before the advent of the digital camera. We’ve picked a few of our favorites below, but be sure to click to go to the full gallery.
The Japanese Hiroshi Masuoka crosses a dune during the Dakar 2000
The Dakar is just about the most brutal and grueling motorsport event on the planet, some say more so than the Baja 1000. After several days and off-road stages, the competitors cover thousands of kilometers on the road. most rugged high speed terrain imaginable. Here is Hiroshi Masuoka conquering a dune in the 2000 race.
Meyers Manx takes to the air, 1966
The Meyers Manx is one of the great democratizers of the off-road world, bringing to the masses a cheap and cheerful dune breaker with fiberglass construction and Volkswagen mechanical parts. Here’s a Meyers Manx dune buggy in action, taking on serious looks and the driver’s smiles.
Lamborghini LM002 cuts through the mud, 1986
It looks like someone used the mighty LM002 for its intended use when it was new. This dramatic scene was captured during a French test of several 4x4s in 1986.
Alvis in the muddy British countryside during the trial, 1930
Before World War II, trial was one of the most popular automotive hobbies in the UK. Groups of enthusiasts swarmed the countryside in sports cars, sedans and roadsters of all stripes to determine who could make the furthest climb in the shortest possible time. Here’s an Alvis on a miserable country road – look at the tread pattern on those skinny tires.
Cartoonist and soldier Bill Mauldin and his Jeep, 1944
Here we have Bill Mauldin, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most influential cartoonists of the 20th century, driving through the mud in his wartime Willys Jeep. For many Americans, their first interaction with an off-road environment was behind the wheel of a Willys Jeep, which inspired many of them to take up the 4 × 4 hobby after the end of the road. war.
Tough times for the buggy at the SCORE race in Riverside, 1974
It’s unclear whether or not the driver managed to get the buggy back on track or not, but it makes for a fantastic photo.
1966 Ford Bronco gets turbulent during testing
This is a scene from MotorTrendVintage test of the 1966 Ford Bronco, which apparently resulted in jumps, dents and scratches.
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