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Do 24 X-36 Photo Archive
Photos by Stan Gajda 1981

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Stan Gajda 4x4 Trip to the Wreckage
My son Stephen and I left our camp in the sand dunes early that Sunday morning to head south along the beach to look for the X-36, we did not realise that on our way in to One Tree Government Well we had picked up a lot of sage brush under the vehicle which packed in tight into the spaces between the transmission guard and the transmission. The vehicle was a powerful red colored Jeep Wrangler with a white fiberglass rear top.

When we started off along the beach it made the engine work real hard and the exhaust got red hot and ignited the sage brush under the vehicle. Suddenly there we were, miles and miles from anywhere with the vehicle beginning to burn furiously! It was a chilly morning and I was wearing a heavy woolen jumper which I tore off and dived under the jeep with it amid the flames and smothered the fire. My jumper became a charred mess but it saved us from losing the vehicle and a long walk back to civilization. The jumper was a birthday present from my sister which she had made especially for me and now, nearly 20 years later I have still not told her what happened to her present to me!

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