Although the vehicles have changed over the past few years, Brenda Yates of Raleigh, North Carolina, remains our most showcased and loyal reader to date. Since her first vehicle's debut in 2006, she's shown off her off-road skills and fun photos of her 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. We hope her loyalty to Jeep and to Truck Trend continues for many, many years.
And yes, we still have the photos! Check out Brenda's Truck Trend Yearbook photos below:
2011: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (above)
Those of you who own a Wrangler Rubicon know there isn't much Jeep can't tackle. Which may be part of the reason Brenda's 2008 Wrangler Rubicon remains bone stock. The lack of modifications doesn't keep her or her daily driver from going anywhere she likes, though. The Jeep is very good at getting through snow and rain, and the two-door also is fun when the sun comes out.
2010: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Ah, braving the mighty Serengeti while on safari: the perfect place for a Jeep. Okay, Brenda leveled with us here -- this photo was actually taken at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. She uses her Jeep as a daily driver and for weekend exploring, and knows that it could go just about anywhere.
2009: 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
One of the nice things about buying a four-wheel-drive SUV, Brenda tells us, is that it'll give you support, whatever your mood. During the week, she needs her Grand to be a dependable daily driver, while on the weekends, she likes to explore the beaches in and around Freeman Park, where soft sand can be treacherous for those without a good 4x4.
2008: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Where would you go with a completely stock 4x4? If that four-wheeler is like Brenda's Jeep Rubicon, pretty much anywhere you want. Brenda says she drives her stock four-by back and forth to work, but when she gets the itch for adventure, she heads to the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to give her Jeep a workout. There's just something about a woman in a Jeep.
2007: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Starting with an already awesome off-roader, no mods are necessary. This daily driver spends its free time combing the beaches at Fort Fisher, North Carolina, with the doors off and the top down, of course. Is there any other way?
2006: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Another off-road adventurer who has no need to add any modifications to her rig. Hey, the Jeep's already Trail Rated -- what else is there to do other than hop in and hit the dusty trails? Just remember to keep the shiny side up.
I wonder what adventure will she take her Jeep on next year, or will she jump into the seat of the all-new Grand Cherokee? We'll just have to wait till the 2012 year's Readers' Ride issue to find out!