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40 Years Of Old Photos 4x4 Trucks & Desert Racing 1960s-1990s - A Stroll Through the Images of the Past

From the June, 2002 issue of Four Wheeler
By Craig Perronne
Photography by Four Wheeler Archives
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Logo
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1964 Magazine Cover
January of 1964 marked a milestone... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1964 Magazine Cover
January of 1964 marked a milestone for Four Wheeler as our first color cover graced that issue . Such teasers as how to build a sand buggy for $100 and the revelation of the world's best four-wheel drive car were used to lure potential readers. The cover image itself was of two happy children driving a homemade buggy through the dunes.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Trail To Mexico
Travel stories have been part... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Trail To Mexico
Travel stories have been part of Four Wheeler from the start and there was plenty of backcountry still left to explore in the '60s. This article on a trip to Mexico's petrified forests appeared in 1964. We can't even begin to imagine what an adventure driving through the Mexican backcountry must have been during that era.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1965 Jeep
New-vehicle testing also began... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1965 Jeep
New-vehicle testing also began in the '60s and continues to be one of the magazine's major components today. In that field, the big news in 1965 was of the Jeep getting a V-6 from the factory that produced 155 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Chevy Suburban
We also ran a report from... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Chevy Suburban
We also ran a report from Peter Kokalis on how his new Chevy Suburban was holding up.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Sand Dune Racing
The world of the sand dune... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Sand Dune Racing
The world of the sand dune was a predominant part of the magazine from its beginning and throughout the '60s. In 1963 the Buttercup Brawl, Which featured a hillclimb competition and sand drags, was covered.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1974 Magazine
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Jeep Cherokee
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Mint 400
By the late '70s, desert racing... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Mint 400
By the late '70s, desert racing was huge and tech inspection at the Mint 400 would shut down central Las Vegas.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Race Jeep
Another assault on desert... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Race Jeep
Another assault on desert racing by the Four Wheeler staff occurred when then-editor Bill Sanders and Pete Springer raced this Stroppe-built Jeep in several races.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 4X4 Car
If there was any decade that... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 4X4 Car
If there was any decade that was a bit goofy for all of us, it was the '70s. As evidence, there were plenty of car-bodied 4x4s in the magazine, along with Liberace-approved interior.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Monster Trucks
By the mid-'80s monster trucks... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Monster Trucks
By the mid-'80s monster trucks were all the rage.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Monster Truck Kong
Examples could be found regularly... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Monster Truck Kong
Examples could be found regularly in the pages of Four Wheeler. We featured both Bigfoot and Awesome Kong.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1982 Magazine
Rocker Ted Nugent built several... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1982 Magazine
Rocker Ted Nugent built several Broncos and this awesome example appeared on the cover of our December '82 issue.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Desert Racing
Desert racing coverage was... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Desert Racing
Desert racing coverage was also still appearing regularly in the magazine. Pictured here is Ivan Stewart in one of his first Toyotas.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Show Truck
By the late '80s somebody... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Show Truck
By the late '80s somebody had finally figured out how to chrome a set of springs, and the show-truck phenomenon took off The emphasis was on big tires and looks, and not so much on performance.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Tube Buggy
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1997 Magazine
The emphasis on func-tionality... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1997 Magazine
The emphasis on func-tionality also carried over to the covers as was evident by this flexy fullsize that appeared on the April '97 cover.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Ttc Jeep
The first Top Truck Challenge... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks Ttc Jeep
The first Top Truck Challenge took place in 1993 and appeared in the March '94 issue of Four Wheeler and the rest, as they say, is history.
Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1990 Mitsubishi
Another first during the '90s... 
   
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Old Photos 4X4 Trucks 1990 Mitsubishi
Another first during the '90s was the first-ever Pickup Truck of the Year Award, won by the '90 Mitsubishi Mighty Max. Previously, pickups and SUVs battled for one award.

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