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 – “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?
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?
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: “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: 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: “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
(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: “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: “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