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Del Albright - Big Bear area has some fun trails and great scenery. I'm happy to be able to get some wheeling in with my "Ambassador" level jeep sponsored by so many great off-road businesses. We're saving trails together.

In keeping with the theme of Jeeper bios, and in an effort to catch up with all the wonderful people who have shared their stories with us, I have for you yet another great Jeeper – Del Albright I ma pretty sure many of you are already aware of who Del Albright is in the Jeeping world, and if you not, here is your chance to get a inside peek.. Without further ado.. allow me to turn this over to Del.

XtremeTerrain: Tell us a little about yourself Del…

Del Albright

Del “I’m a full time outdoor recreation advocate focused on motorized recreation access through my role as an Ambassador with the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC). I’ve been four-wheeling for over 40 years and fighting for access rights for nearly 30. Prior to being full time BRC, I was in the fire service for a 26 year career, and the US Army before that. I am an outdoorsman, with many hobbies like four-wheeling, camping, photography, fishing, and hunting.

XtremeTerrain: What type of Jeep do you run?

The early days..

Del: “My Jeep, C UN RD (Seein’ Red), is a 1997 TJ Wrangler that has been through three rebuilds and many upgrades, with the only stock parts left being the motor and tranny. I run a Dana 44 up front with the Currie built Ford 9 in the rear, ARB lockers front and rear, with an Atlas 5.1:1 t-case pushing 4.88’s on 35 inch KM2 BFGoodrich tires, supported by a 5.5 inch Rubicon Express long arm kit and shocks.”

XtremeTerrain: Favorite spot to off road?

MLRC NV Trip Parade

Del: “The Rubicon Trail is nearly in my backyard so I love to go there a few times each summer, especially with Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) for work weekends. Moab is probably my favorite spot that combines some beautiful scenery with fun four-wheeling. For SUV sightseeing wheeling, I love to hit Death Valley for week each year.”

XtremeTerrain: Favorite off roading quote?

Del Albright

Del: “Take care of your equipment; and your equipment will take care of you!”

XtremeTerrain: If you could have any modifications done, what would they be?

Del: “About the only left to do to my Jeep would be to swap out the 5 speed tranny for a good solid automatic transmission.”

XtremeTerrain: What was your best/worse modification if any?

Del - Red is a good fit for the high mountain roads.

Del: Every mod I’ve made on the Jeep has improved performance, comfort, or ride, so they all work together to make C UN RD an amazing machine, from the PRP Seats to the Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers and Crusher Corners, to the Rubicon Express suspension, to the Handson bumpers and cargo system to the Olympic 4×4 Dave’s Rack on top, to the Tom Wood’s Custom Drive Shaft….they all work together.”

XtremeTerrain: Do you belong to any off roading organization, if so which one(s)?

Del - Wheeling in an old fire area of western NV

Del: “I belong to and believe every off-roader needs to belong to the Blue Ribbon Coalition (www.sharetrails.org) as the national umbrella organization for all sports; all lands; all states. Secondly, I think every motorized recreationist needs to be part of their own state association, such as the Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (www.cal4wheel.com) here in my state. Then yes, join a local club like mine, the Motherlode Rockcrawlers of Jackson, CA (www.motherloderockcrawlers.com). I advocate that every recreationists needs to JOIN everything you can afford to join and that makes sense to you. For more on this, please visit my website at http://www.delalbright.com)”

XtremeTerrain: How old were you when you first started off roading?

Del: My dad converted a 1952 Studebaker Commander into a brush/sand buggy in the early 1960’s. I was 12 or 13 when I started driving it. Go to my website to see a great pic of the “Lobster” – that is what we called the old Studebaker: http://www.delalbright.com/articles/wheels.htm

The "Lobster" dune buggy, with brother Dale (L) and Dad, Elmer (R), circa mid-1960's. This buggy was made from a fully intact 1952 Studebaker Commander that my Dad and I chopped down, removed the cab, and made desert-ready. With a big V-8 water pumper, hay-bailer tires in the rear, Armstrong Tru-tracs up front, and a T-18 tranny, this baby covered a lot of ground in a very short period of time! Photo by Del Albright (photo touch up, Reno DiTullio)

(We did and got this picture to share with you all, Thank you Del! I enjoyed the blog as well and suggest everyone go and take a read!)

XtremeTerrain: Why you love Jeep Off Roading?

Del Albright

Del: “I love motorized recreation/off-roading because it does a couple things. First, it gets us to the backcountry in short order where we can’t walk; and second, it lets us challenge our driving and navigating skills at the same time. Off roading also brings family and friends together in a unique way, with the rig being a thing of engineering to be talked about, made fun of, and thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

XtremeTerrain: Any off roading story or incident you would like to share.

Del Albright

Del: “I’m on a safety kick right now as our Jeep just took some 360 spins on the freeway with a ¼ ton jeep trailer attached. Maintenance and safety of your equipment is like way high on my list now – more so than ever. Read about the Jeep That Saved the Day on my site here: http://www.delalbright.com/Articles/jeep_trailer_spin.html

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