Motherhood and apple pie, baseball, stars & stripes… just a few of the items on the short-list of things as American as the International Scout. This one I tripped across recently in Colorado. The Prius behind it almost ruined the moment, until I remembered that I was at 8,750 feet with nothing to do but ascend calmly up a hillside before my nap and cocktail hour. Later I admired a perfectly kept Willys Jeep, against which the Scout was reportedly built to compete... now that's competition Uncle Sam would be proud of. Alas, no camera, but it was nice to marvel at a vehicle that has probably been in a Fourth of July parade every year for the past sixty.
Categorically un-American though similarly impressive was this Pinzgauer, an Austrian-engineered high mobility all-terrain vehicle. Works well for African safaris, patrolling the Afghan countryside, or braving the mean streets of Telluride (hippies, everywhere). And with a price tag of well over $100k it absolves itself of the sinful ubiquity of today’s guerilla-vehicle-of-choice.