Category Archives: In the News

Every once in awhile… we show up in the news.

Did You Hear the Big Rubithon News

Where can you find hundreds of Toyota 4x4s racing from across the country to parade seven miles like a herd of turtles? What will draw seemingly sane people to put themselves and their rigs in harms way to attend? What is celebrating its 25th anniversary, brings together Toyota 4×4 clubs from across the globe and is guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

What’s next for us?  We want to stay on the west coast and add some hard core wheeling to our off-road adventure calendar. And for Toyota guys like us, it’s the 25th anniversary of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association’s (TLCA) Rubithon.  Three days on the Rubicon trail will bring us to the “Springs” where the TLCA will hold two days of partying and wheeling.  We’ll be leaving Loon Lake on June 18th and running with the Toyota FJ Cruiser group led by Mark and LT from Metal Tech 4×4.

On this run we wont be just one of the wheelers.  We’ll be driving cleanup to help out rigs in the rear and ensure no one gets left behind.   This will also be the first event that Last Great Road Trip helps out by sponsoring one of the raffle prizes.  By providing a little sponsorship love, we hope to give back to a sport that has provided us with more then just weekend fun.

This off-road adventure will be Brad’s first all out, hard core wheeling experience.  As navigator for our Baja off-road adventure and the UTBDR Brad worked tirelessly to keep the team on track.  The Rubicon will test his pucker levels and spotting skills as well as provide him with plenty of opportunities to video tape the toughest seven miles of Northern California’s most famous county road.

In the next few weeks the team will be readying the rig, selecting gear and prepping to bring our on-line fans every exciting moment of this next last great road trip.

The Start of Something New

We’ve been telling our stories on this website for over five years now. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be the publisher of Last Great Road

Trip and share our off-road adventure stories, pictures and videos with everyone who follows all this craziness.

As we grow, we continue to look for ways to share our off-road adventures with more and more people who enjoy exploring the road less traveled. One way you will see us grow is throw a new partnership with our friend Shane Williams and TCT Magazine (formally FJC Magazine). As an Associate Editor for the magazine, I’ll be contributing stories and pictures in an effort to inspire their readers to create their own adventures.

Don’t worry, we will continue to provide the same great content you’ve come to expect from us right here.  But now you will be able to enjoy more of our last great road trip stories in the issues of TCT Magazine.

Sick Suspension

Sick is how 4WD Toyota Owner described our FJ Cruiser and the Total Chaos 2″ long travel kit after they published our article on the install Metal Tech did for us a while back…  If you liked the on-line Total Chaos 2″ Long Travel Install video and story, you’ll love this article.

While we didn’t make the cover this time, we did manage to get an incredible picture, taken by Dwon Guvenir from Oregon Photo Safaris: Photography Training Oregon Geotoursim, published that really shows off the rig.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine’s November / December issue on news stands now and let us know what you think.

And The Winner Is…

First of all I would like to thank the academy, my parents, my friends, all the readers, the guy who cuts my hair, the kid down the street who mows the lawn, our mailman, my favorite sister-in-law, Hula Betty and all the people who work so hard behind the scenes to make this web site possible….

Ok, so we are not curing cancer here and until someone does end bigotry and hatred in the world this might not be all that news worthy…  But over at Trip Base they picked the top blogs and sure enough Last Great Road Trip was a finalist…  here is the inside scope.  Here is the write up:

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The award is a mark of prestige which is only afforded to the blogs that score highly when our judges review them for selection. The award is a sign that a blog succeeds greatly at what it does and surpasses all expectations, thereby indicating it as a veritable bastion of quality and information.

Americas Awards Category
The Americas (both North and South) are physically large places and so too is the blogosphere that the best America blogs inhabit, so our judges had their work cut out for them in selecting the winners in this category. These blogs have been chosen for the overall combination of style and substance that interact in such a way so as to each create a unique blog that readers will want to return to time and time again. Judges looked for content that was both interesting and informative, but also noted if the blogger could back up written content with visual media such as maps of the Americas or of their respective travel routes and destinations, as well as videos and pictures to accompany their travel stories or information.
Award Recipients 2009

  • 1st http://someone else
  • 2nd http://someone else not us
  • 3rd http://someone else not lastgreatroadtrip.com
  • 4th http://other people’s blog not ours
  • some more stuff that is not us and than
  • Finalist http://www.lastgreatroadtrip.com/

Sure we didn’t win…  but just being nominated is what is important right?  Just like taking your sister to the prom or kissing your grandma good night…  it’s just not the same as winner…  We’ll be working on our competitiveness issues in therapy next week.

Media Gets Behind Last Great Road Trip

Media Gets Behind Last Great Road Trip
By Last Great Road Trip
Dated: October 13, 2008

Last Great Road Trip receives commitment from 4WD Toyota Owner. The folks at 4WD Toyota Owner will carry the story of the Last Great Road Trip’s off-road adventure scheduled to follow the Baja 1000 course trail.

If an off-road adventure’s story is not told did it really happen? Based on the popularity of the Last Great Road Trip’s Arctic Circle Adventure story and pictures, 4WD Toyota Owner is committed to running a story on the up coming Baja off-road adventure.  This years team will include professional photographer Brad Day who will capture the trip on film to complement Paul Thompson’s stories of friendship, diversity and raves on the road.

Paul Thompson, the teams project manager and driver said, “We are please that 4WD Toyota Owner recognizes the importance of our celebration of diversity and promotion of tolerance which is weaved throughout the adventure.  Additionally, Although we post daily website reports (http://www.lastgreatroadtrip.com) of the adventure, a followup story in print media provides our fans with a unique way to connect to this adventure.”

Making all these off-road adventures possible, the Last Great Road Trip is supported by friends, family and sponsors along the way including:

Baja Designs – www.bajadesigns.com
Metal Tech – Protection… Evolved www.metaltech4×4.com
Metagyre, Inc – Project Management Experts www.metagyre.com
Taylor Made Graphics www.taylormadetshirts.com
Hula Betty Fans – www.WhereIsHulaBetty.com
Working Web Solutions Portland Web Design & Portland SEO Search Engine Optimization www.workingwebsolutions.com

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About: Last Great Road Trip is a series of off-road adventures taken by a team of explorers and shared with others over the Internet. The website, an experiment in social networking describes the adventures, friendships, rants and raves on the road of life. Explore hidden trails, back roads and the diverse cultures that enrich this shared experience while adding your own comments to the adventure.
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You Know You Want It!

Every year car and truck enthusiast wait for the appearance of their favorite ride. My time at General Motors gave me insight into just how fanatical this anticipation can be. Like a kid on Christmas Eve, folks fidget, analysts yammer, and everyone tries to peek under the tree to gain just a glimpse into the future.

It is also difficult for manufactures to keep secrets. That doesn’t even count the company approved “leaks” of information designed to generate a buzz

Toyota has put out a list of the 2009 FJ Cruiser’s new goodies but no sightings of an actual rig. For those who are debating on a 2009 or 2008 here is the update on what the 2009 will have over the 2008.

For 2009 the FJ Cruiser adds:

  • driver and front passenger active headrests
  • roll-sensing curtain airbags
  • a VSC cut-off switch
  • front map light
  • driver-side vanity mirror as standard equipment

Three new colors appear for 2009 non-metallic Black, Silver Fresco metallic, and Iceberg White with all-white monochromatic finish. The Iceberg White will be the Toyota Trail Team addition signature color. Toyota is retiring Titanium Metallic.

There are a number of additional upgrade items and you can build your own FJ with all the goodies at Toyota’s FJ Cruiser site.

The base MSRP for the FJ Cruiser will range from $23,320 for the 4×2 V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission to $24,910 for the 4×4 V6 automatic. Toyota says you will also find a TRD and Trail Team version equipped for the challenge. Even in this tight market with high fuel costs, the price of the 2009 FJ Cruiser has increased by $275, or 1.1 percent. I guess that increase covers the cost of the vanity mirror.

Newest Team Member In The News

Last Great Road Trip finalizes its Baja off-road adventure team.

Last Great Road Trip Selects Brad Day, Hollywood film executive and adventure traveler as the team’s navigator and photographer for its Baja off-road adventure.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 06, 2008 – Brad Day has been named team photographer and navigator for Last Great Road Trip’s Baja off-road adventure. Brad’s background in film and travel will ensure the team stays on course as they follow SCORE 2007 Baja 1,000 race course. As team photographer Brad will capture the imagery of Baja Mexico, its people and the roads much, much less traveled.

According to Paul Thompson, the team’s lead driver and project manager, Brad fills a significant role on the team. Paul said, “This is the first off-road adventure where orienting and navigation are critical. Brad’s attention to detail and planning will ensure we stay on course regardless of what the Baja throws at us. As a photographer, Brad’s images will enhance the off-road adventure website postings by adding a visual story telling component to our story.”

While this selection deviates from the father son teams that went to the Arctic Ocean and the peaks of Telluride, it does reunite two fraternity brothers and represents a new chapter in the relationships explored on the road of life. The new team will continue to post on the Off-Road Adventure website  and social media with stories, photos and video of their Baja Adventure.

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About Last Great Road Trip:
A series of off-road adventures taken by a team of explorers shared with others over the Internet. The website, an experiment in social media, describes the adventures, friendships, rants and raves on the road of life as they happen. Explore hidden trails, back roads and the diverse cultures that enrich this shared experience while adding your own comments to the adventure.
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For Immediate Release June 17, 2008

Baja Designs Lights Up the Last Great Road Trip
By Last Great Road Trip
Dated: Jun 17, 2008

Last Great Road Trip receives support from Baja Designs. The folks at Baja Designs assist with the team’s need for off-road lights that will illuminate Last Great Road Trip’s drive down the Baja 1000 course trail.

Off-road adventures require a significant amount of support and planning, along with a little luck to be successful. A big part of planning goes into selecting the right equipment. The demands of driving off-road requires a clear view of the trail ahead regardless of the conditions. To achieve that clear view, means investing in a lighting system that can handle what ever mother nature throws your way including moonless nights, foul weather, pea soup fog and dust storms. In other words a lighting system capable of turning night into day.  Last Great Road Trip is please to announce it has selected Baja Designs’ LaPaz and Fuego lighting components to illuminate their way as they explore the Baja Peninsula.

According to Paul Thompson, the teams project manager and driver, Last Great Road Trip wanted to select a lighting system that could be counted on, no matter what. Paul said, “We looked for a lighting system with high quality electronics, crystal clear optics and a reputation for dependability. We found Baja Designs’ components met all our requirements, and their team has a real love for what they do and what we are attempting.”

At Baja Designs, Chris Chapman said, “When Paul contacted me and explained that his team planned to explore Baja following the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 course coordinates I knew that we had just what they needed. Covering the 1300 miles of treacherous terrain would require driving deep into the night. Baja Designs Inc. president/owner Alan Roach and Baja Designs engineer Tex Mitchell have competed in the prestigious Baja 1000 over 20 times between the two of them. They are meticulous in their work and spend countless hours testing all of our products at night to get the optimal pattern and output. Being located in San Marcos, CA we are also able to test with some of the biggest names in off-road racing. After discussing the vehicle and the team’s needs with Paul we suggested a combination of our Soltek Lighting Systems Fuego 4” HID and LaPaz 8” HID products which would easily perform just as Paul needed.

Here at Baja Designs we love the people in Baja and their passion for off-road racing that is obvious even in the most remote corners where stickers, posters and photos cover walls in place of wallpaper. There is nothing more rewarding than swapping stories with the locals over a hot meal after a long day on the trail. We wish Paul a most enjoyable off-road adventure and are glad that he chose Baja Designs to light the way!”

Last Great Road Trip continues to shine a light on the need to dismantle bigotry and replace it with a celebration of our diversity. Thanks to the support of Baja Designs we will all see the way a little more clearly.

Making all these adventures possible, the Last Great Road Trip is supported by friends, family and sponsors along the way including:

Baja Designs – www.bajadesigns.com
Metal Tech – Protection… Evolved www.metaltech4×4.com
Metagyre, Inc – Project Management Experts www.metagyre.com
Taylor Made Graphics www.taylormadetshirts.com
Hula Betty Fans – WhereIsHulaBetty.com
Working Web Solutions Portland Web Design & Portland SEO Search Engine Optimization www.workingwebsolutions.com

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Last Great Road Trip is a series of off-road adventures taken by a team of explorers and shared with others over the Internet. The website, a social experiment in web 2.0 and a celebration of diversity, describes the off-road adventures, friendships, rants and raves on the road of life. Explore hidden trails, back roads and the diverse cultures that enrich this shared experience while adding your own comments to the adventure.
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Number 47 With A Bullet

TravelHacker, the thinly veiled corporate airline credit card blog, written by Christina Laun, choose Last Great Road Trip as one of the 100 best travel journal blogs on the web. And if you are counting, that is top 100 out of 1,620,000 “travel journal blog” entries, give or take a couple of hundred thousand.

The TravelHacker put us in the “Road Less Traveled”, a category covering travels to the far reaches of the globe or taking to the road for unusual reasons. Journals in the road less traveled category are for travelers like us who have taken some unusual trips all over the world. I like that!

It is nice to be picked for anything other than last for dodge ball so feel free to send the TravelHacker a comment about her choice of the 100 best travel journals.

For Immediate Release April 10, 2008

Headline:
Experts at uShip Team Up with Last Great Road Trip

Summary:
uShip, the online shipping marketplace, signs up as the newest expert guests to contribute to Last Great Road Trip’s road side chat.

Body:
uShip, the online shipping marketplace, signs up as the newest expert guest writers on Last Great Road Trip website. uShip will contribute their shipping, logistics and travel expertise to the adventure road trip website through articles on such topics as earning funds for cross country adventures, hooking up with hitchhikers who pay their way or how to ship your rig to the Timbuktu starting point of your overland adventure.

Paul Thompson the team’s driver and project manager said, “uShip signed up because they believed in our off-road adventure to celebrate diversity and knew they could help our readers in creating their own off-road adventures. We are please to have uShip on board and look forward to reading their contributions.”

You can read uShip’s first contribution, written by Adam Greenspan and other experts on the off-road adventure website.

Making this all possible, the Last Great Road Trip is supported by friends, family and sponsors along the way including:
Baja Designs
Metal Tech 4×4 – Protection… Evolved
Metagyre, Inc – Project Management Experts
Taylor Made Graphics
Hula Betty Productions
Working Web Solutions Portland Web Design & Portland SEO Search Engine Optimization


About Last Great Road Trip:

A series of off-road adventures shared with others over the Internet. The website, a social experiment in web 2.0 and a celebration of diversity, describes the off-road adventures, friendships, rants and raves on the road of life. Explore hidden trails, back roads and diverse cultures that enrich this shared experience while adding your own comments to the adventure.

See PR Log for press release and read about shipping your vehicle on our website.