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I got a picture as I was leaving Ouray an FJ Cruiser that was a sheriff's SUV. Will have to get posted up. Had the lights and everything. I had to stop and tell him it was the coolest Sheriff vehicle ever.
Yes!! In Ridgeway is where I saw one (probably the same) I stopped to take a picture but it vanished..... Maybe it has a "stealth" mode. I was going to tell him that but obviously couldn't. Glad to hear someone did haha!
 

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that would be the one. Got to say, if you are going to get a sheriff car for that area, that would be the best.
Before the summit last year I stopped and talked to the sheriff on Yankee Boy and he said that he liked the FJ best for a cruiser. Icon had also donated suspension for it, as you can see their decal on the rear window.
 

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I am fairly new to the site, and I joined because my dad is a member, and I also have a friend that is a member. I own an Xterra, and I love it. I wouldn't ever get rid of it, but the FJs are sweet too. I planned a Nissan event earlier this year and some FJs showed up to it. It didn't even phase me at all. I am trying to convince my dad to go to Summit next year, and if he does go I will either ride with him or take my Xterra. It is good to know that most members of this site are not particularly worried about what shows up as long as the person is competent and cool to hang out with. Those that share my viewpoint are more than welcome to wheel with me at anytime, regardless of what you drive, regardless of whether the event is Nissan-centric or not. You will never see me plan a Nissan-exclusive event ever. There are too many people against going off road and too few responsible wheelers for us to be against each other based on what we all drive. For those that take the viewpoint of exclusivity, enjoy your other events.
I just wanted to say that I appreciate those of you that welcome anyone. We are stronger as a group.

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All I know is I appreciate everyone who made the event a success, no matter what they were driving. ARMY_CRUISER is one of the coolest cats around and I appreciate him setting up the KOA for everyone in the group (even if I did maul his name when I arrived because I was exhausted from a 15-hour drive).
 

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All I know is I appreciate everyone who made the event a success, no matter what they were driving. ARMY_CRUISER is one of the coolest cats around and I appreciate him setting up the KOA for everyone in the group (even if I did maul his name when I arrived because I was exhausted from a 15-hour drive).
Thanks! And its alright, everybody was worn out and a lot of us didn't know each other. A lot of the people that I met and hung out there I had only talked to once before on the forum. Its all part of the fun.
 

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I owe you all a huge thank you. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time...

This year, I was asked/volunteered to lead trails, in my Xterra. The only fair criticism there is that I didn't have a CB prior to showing up, but was kindly loaned one for the leader role. Wasn't planning on leading, and the Xterra isn't my "trail vehicle". Kind of glad I didn't bring my jeep... There would have been a forum field day with that one!! :jester:

I find it REALLY humorous that the Dodge Ram hypothetical made it into this... Since in 2010 I led the Alpine Loop in, you guessed it... A Ram 2500 diesel.








I just want to say THANK YOU Army Cruiser for stepping up and trail leading. You are absolutely invited back next year in whatever you drive!

And if you were lucky enough to have been led by Justin in his Pathfinder, you were privileged to be led by one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated Colorado trail ambassadors in the event! Dedicated to Treat Lightly and long time Stay the Trail mentor and representative as well ( for God's sake, he has a "Stay the Trail" tattoo!!!!).

In case you still don't understand, this Gentleman is responsible for keeping Colorado trails accessible for all of us! He teaches good and responsible wheeling, something our FJ community is complimented about every year from locals and officials . We are more than pleased Justin volunteered, without hesitating, to lead Black Bear and I for one, rested assured he would safely escort his rather large group!

Simply....Thank you and Bravo, Justin! :bigthumb:
NOT A PATHFINDER :ninja:

Haha. The Nissan guys are tearing the 2013 Pathfinder apart. Its like a car!


And thank you all. One, for participating and having a great time. Two, for your overall donation to Tread Lightly and Stay The Trail. Three, for being welcomed to the community. I have always enjoyed the event, and the support the FJ (and non-fj) community brings to the trails in SW Colorado.

As was stated... We, as a community, need to stand up together and promote responsible use to keep our access open, regardless of brand. Yes, its FJ Summit, and i'll agree that if a Mopar tent shows up... That's a little far off the historic part of the event. Group hug?

As for Seth and MT... Thanks for the hangover :cheers:

See you all next year. In the jeep :bandit:
 

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Thanks to ALL who volunteered this year... whether you drive an FJ or a tricycle.
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I would only add that the off road community is seeing more and more trails restricted and we need to stick together regardless of what type of vehicle we drive.
"Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well may not be another. So here is us, on the raggedy edge. Don't push me, and I won't push you. Dong le ma?" --Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

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Pretty sure nobody is sitting in their secret underground lair filled with Jeeps, Nissans and VWs hatching an evil plan to ruin your Summit.
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Sure, I'll wade in here... I just bought an FJ and haven't even picked her up yet. Can't wait till Saturday tho!

This is an interesting thread... interesting, funny, sad and serious. All at once. Hopefully I have something positive to contribute, and it's not taken as being critical or judgmental of anyone.

I also own a Honda GL1800 (Gold Wing). I bought it in '08, and the first thing I did after getting it was look up groups and associations that were 'kind' to the 'Wing. I found one... the GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) and joined it... it only made sense since I'm a Gold Wing owner. Three years later, what did I see... people in the organization wanting to open it up to owners with other makes of motorcycle.

Actually, the GWRRA already has a classification for those owners... they can get an Associated membership. They can even be part of the 'officer team' in helping run a chapter, district or region. But that's not enough for some people... they wanted to open it up all the way.

The reaction from the membership was, "Well then, change the name!" When it's no longer exclusive to the Gold Wing, why keep "Gold Wing" in the name? Just call it the MRRA (Motorcycle RRA, or something). It's only logical.

Now I get an FJ (well, it's bought, just not brought home yet), and "deja vu!" I find the same situation here! Only it stems from the opposite cause... the GWRRA's rationale for opening up the membership was a DECLINING enrollment. In a bid to get younger members, it was thought that other makes should be allowed, and their owners given full access to everything that used to belong only to those who have a Gold Wing.

As far as the "FJ" Summit is concerned, it doesn't have that same problem. (In saying that, I realize this is an event, and not an association). In fact, as I understand it, more people want to participate than there are slots or openings. Possible participants with an FJ are turned away because there is NO ROOM! And then to see...well, it must be a bit disheartening to be an FJ owner and to be turned away from an event because there were others participating who didn't bring an FJ...

"Nice people drive all sorts of vehicles, so let them join." Of course it's true. We share a common bond (whether on two wheels, or 4x4 in the dirt). But that's not the issue or the problem or the point. The problem is the name.

I believe a name means everything. That stems from a time in history when people had meaningful names that meant something. Even this forum has a name, and it is meaningful. It's not that it is exclusive (well, almost). There is a place for discussions of other makes/models. But this forum is focused primarily on a name. Anything else is misleading.

I noticed a number of comments referring to the "Summit." Not FJ Summit, but just "Summit." Ok, that may be a better name for it than what it is now, especially since I sense the majority here seem to be sympathetic to those who drive other makes/models of 4x4. Yes, they are even 'nice people' who take an active interest and participate in the event. Again, that's not the point.

There already are Jeep events. The same with Nissan. Even Volkswagen must have an event...(somewhere...). Every make has its event.

According to this event's name though, this is not the time or place to see anything else. At least in a prominent place. Create a separate classification if you have to... but let's be true to the name. Or change it.

If the organizers generally are sympathetic to other makes and they feel it is really that important that they be allowed to participate, then it only makes sense (to me) to change the name of the event to reflect the make-up of the participants of the event. It's only logical. And difficult to argue against.

Then let those who want an exclusive FJ event organize their own event.

Now, I still can't wait until Saturday to pick up my Sun Fusion FJ!!
 

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You live in Holland, have 8 posts, don't have an FJ yet, and are already reorganizing the Colorado FJ summit. Quite aggressive. The irony that you advocate not letting a few stragglers and even sponsors with other vehicles, yet are allowed to post here is not lost.

That said, your analogy was for a different club with a different mindset, and this is a once a year event with organizers that like it how it is. Completely different.

Maybe hang around a bit, and you'll start to realize that the vast majority of people here are just cool people that happen to have the same truck and are down to earth, don't necessary think of the truck they bought as some sort of exclusive status symbol to use as some 'exclusionary blue chip', but rather a common thread between people that they enjoy as part of their hobby to bring them together.

Even the Chicago Bears bar down the street drinks beers with Patriots fans and aren't as#holes about it because it really isn't that serious. There might be a few stewing in the corner, that there's a pats jersey in "their bears bar".. but who really wants to drink with that guy anyways? =)
 

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If it is truley "all in the name" then why is the OP not upset about Tacomas and 4Runners? Honestly, was there not enough FJs there for your liking? I have been involved in many makes and many models of cars and shows specifically for those cars. There is ALWAYS going to be people without that specific make/model. Could be people that used to own them and made friends with those people.

I used to drive a Mazda and went to many Mazda events across the country. I still debate going to them just because the people I met there were fantastic.

Quit being such an elitist and do what the event is intended to be for, HAVE FUN.
 
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