Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Hills Are Alive with My Off-Road Adventure

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Hills Are Alive with My Off-Road Adventure

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Byline: Laura Capitano

Oh, kids! International Car and Truck Show this weekend! Hop in your dull, point "A" to point "B" car and scoot to the Prime Osborn Convention Center to check out all the cool cars you'd buy if budget and practicality didn't limit you -- if car seats even began to fit in a Lotus Exige.

To add a little excitement to this year's show, Toyota hired 20 workers to spend a full day pushing around 440 cubic yards of dirt and 20 tons of gravel to create their Off Road On Site Adventure course. Flash a valid driver's license proving you're 18 and you can navigate the hills, logs, sand pits and acceleration run in a 4x4 Tacoma or Tundra pickup truck.

My time-traveling DeLorean is at Best Buy right now getting Sirius Satellite Radio installed, so I wasn't able to to test out the track and tell you all about it. But I really did want to test some sort of man-made, off-road track to see if it's actually fun, or if it feels like some car lab experiment. So I went to Nimnicht Hummer and took a blood-red H1 (the big 'un) around their rocky course, and I'm convinced that, be it an H1 or a Toyota pickup, it's a blast to take these vehicles out for a rough and tumble ride. Man cannot live on drives to Publix alone. He needs to spin some wheels now and then.

The people I've told about my H1 ride ask if I felt like I was driving a tank. I've obviously never driven a tank, but I would imagine the two are not particularly similar. The H1 features no weapons or crazy moving track wheels, though I was surprised that it does have an ashtray, light-up vanity mirrors on both passenger and driver's side and a horn that sounds less threatening that that of the '86 Dodge Omni I drove in high school. The H1 actually had a lot in common with my old Omni -- airplane seat belt buckle door handles, temperature controls that are out of the passenger's reach and a gear shift that usually took me two hands to move. …

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