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Gabe Thompson

Growing up in Spokane, I fell in love with the outdoors and off-roading in high school. My friends started buying 4wd vehicles and we discovered the police wouldn’t bother our parties if they were i ...read more.

Growing up in Spokane, I fell in love with the outdoors and off-roading in high school. My friends started buying 4wd vehicles and we discovered the police wouldn’t bother our parties if they were in the woods. High school life hack #4. I was also lucky enough to grow up across the street from Beacon Hill. It’s a wonderful urban mountain biker’s dream with miles of trails. The blood, broken bones, and shattered ego hasn’t stopped my mountain biking career but it’s created a stronger bond with vehicles that include an engine and a roll cage.

In the late 90’s, I was working as a local P&D truck driver when my friend, Colin, randomly approached me about making a movie for our company Christmas party. Driving paid the bills but didn’t fulfill my creative needs so we started filming scenes with a borrowed camera. My cousin helped us edit our masterpiece on a computer at his high school and we were hooked. We took out 401k loans, bought equipment, and off roading quickly became our major source of material. Suburban White Guys Productions was born.

Because of our movies, I was able to participate in a fantastic time of growth in the offroadering community. Online forums like Pirate4x4.com empowered people to push the boundaries of what was possible. Jason Paule’s tube buggy appeared in a magazine covered in shag carpet skins and we all ran out to buy tubing benders. I still don’t understand 4 link calculators and am very thankful that engineers design suspensions now instead of Coors Light empowered knuckleheads, although we had a lot of fun trying.

More recently, my wonderful wife and I had the privilege of working with amazing kids at Hutton Settlement children’s home as Houseparents, where we learned more about perseverance and empathy than I could have ever imagined. It’s a time that I’ll always appreciate and be thankful that I survived. The experience hopefully saved me from growing up to be an angry old guy with Kirkland brand white tennis shoes and a bad attitude. Hopefully.

My current goal is to avoid Cooper talking me into somehow fitting 40’s on Vanny Devito, our Ford Transit reality-escape vehicle. I really think 37’s will be just fine.

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