Summer is officially here, and that only means one thing. Road tripping! These lazy days are meant for chill-axing, and what better way to do that then hitting the open road? Whether you’re exploring our beautiful national parks, hitting the beach or taking the family to popular locales (er, tourist traps), we want to see road trip pics featuring you and your Toyota or Lexus.
Got a road trip coming up? Make sure to send us a high-res photo, along with a brief description of where you’re at, what you’re driving and who you’re with. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
. We’ll publish as many submissions as possible over the course of the summer.
By Karen Nielsen
Why Did the Armadillo Cross the Road? -- Nathan Arndt, a Lexus fixed operations planner, put the brakes on his off-road adventure to let this little critter safely cross the road. There was plenty of time to kick up some dust at the 2017 Lone Star Jamboree, an annual off-roading meet with over 400 Toyota vehicles in Gilmer, Texas.
Spanking New -- Chad Warren in the QD Materials Lab snapped this photo over Memorial Day weekend of his 2017 Tundra TRD Off-Road in front of the new TMNA headquarters.
Touring in Style -- The Lexus GS F is the perfect road trip vehicle for Ash Corson, who works in Advanced Business Strategy, and his family on their trek from Los Angeles to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Radiator Springs for Reals
Look at that View -- District Service and Parts Manager Katie Rabaglia and her fiancé, Brian Georg, made a RAV4 stop in Hurricane, Utah, on their way to Zion National Park.
-- This part of old Route 66 in the Red Rock canyons east of the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona looks a lot like Radiator Springs in Pixar’s Cars
. Here’s Paul Williamsen, who works in Lexus strategic communications, and his trusty FJ Cruiser towing a trailer to Texas with his race car, tools and equipment inside, and Suzuki dual-sport dirt-bike on the back.
Cars, Part 2
-- TFS’ Kyle Snedeker and his family were a couple hundred miles away, also on Route 66, when they snapped this photo near Peach Springs, Arizona. Even the gas station is named Radiator Springs. No sign of Lightning McQueen, though.
Kayaking with the Kids -- Operational Audit Manager Lance Cook’s father-in-law, Randy Fast, is a huge Toyota fan. Fast loaded up his new 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser with the grandkids and headed out for summer kayaking trip in Texas.
Off-Road Adventure – What better place to off-road with your 1997 Toyota T-100 then in Sedona, Arizona? Just ask Shawn Franco in the Toyota Financial Services Western CSC division.
Unbeatable -- Product Engineer Scott Mason (third from left) put a 2016 Tundra 4x4 to the test with this haul: his 1976 K5 Blazer, four people, a dirt bike and a bed full of camping gear and supplies. Joining him on the trip to Pismo Beach in California were Product Quality and Service Support team members (from left) Joaquin Cuevas, Alex Gross, Austin Mulcahy and Tyler Mironas.
Exploring Michigan – The TMNA R&D (formerly TTC) Rally team hit the gravel road with this beauty, a 1991 Toyota Celica All-Trac, at a recent time-speed-distance (TSD) rally in Southwest Michigan. Since many of the team members, including Engineer Albert Carter, aren’t from the area originally they had fun taking a road trip around Michigan.
Gotta Getaway -- Julie Ann Burandt from the Toyota Mobility Foundation and her husband, Javier, escaped in their Lexus 450h to the expansiveness that is Big Bend National Park in Texas. They stayed at an environmentally friendly house in the middle of nowhere.