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Smart ForTwo Off-Road at the Tennessee Gambler 500: The Fullest Send

“The Memorial Day off-roading wasn’t quite as extreme as the prior Fall run, but it involved deeper mud, higher speeds, and big ruts. The smart still held its own and provided many smiles for miles.” These two rallies combined would be nothing compared to the challenge of taking my smart fortwo off-road in September in …

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I’m Building a VW Passat TDI for the Next Gambler 500 Off-Road Adventure

I bought a Passat TDI. But before we get into that, let’s talk about my Ford Festiva. The Festiva recently met its match at the Northwest Indiana Gambler a few weekends ago. This was a somewhat planned event. I’ve always wanted to see what it was like to actually kill a car. Some people show …

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Towing, Off-Roading, and Daily Driving

Take a look online at the Ford F-150 model lineup and you’ll see seven different trim levels, starting with the basic XL. The Ford F-150 Raptor is positioned graphically as the ultimate F-150 variant, even though its base price is over $14,000 less than the F-150 Limited. With that positioning in mind, I took the …

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I Bought a $1,500 AWD Crossover, and I’m Taking It Off-Roading

Some friends and I went to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia last year and spent three days exploring local off-road trails. The terrain wasn’t anything too strenuous, but allowed for fun using all types of all-terrain vehicles. Last year’s group of off-roaders included two crossovers of our own – a 2013 Ford Explorer and a 2018 …

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