A tribute to "Snoopy"
On October 10th, 1965, the world changed (as it does everyday)... The lovable beagle, Snoopy, of cartoon strip Peanuts fame, took to the skies in pursuit of the Red Baron in the war-torn skies of Europe and the first World War. His ventures in the skies have even been thoroughly documented (in song) by British music group "The Royal Guardsmen" in their song "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" 'Snoopy' has been so widely recognized in the world that he has even been honored with his own 34-cent United States postage stamp.
However, Snoopy's aerial adventures pre-date the events thus chronicled in the 1960s. The first B-58 "Hustler" bomber to be delivered to the U. S. Air Force for flight testing was nicknamed "Snoopy" (due to his elongated nose used for experimental radar testing) and has the caricature of the distinguished canine emblazed along the side of it's cockpit. After a long and triumphant aviation testing career, this bomber rests today at the south end of Roger Dry Lake at Edwards AFB. Click here for photos of him today
"Snoopy" is also the name of the vehicle that we use to lead all of our expeditions. A '99 Jeep Wrangler 'TJ' (with the 'Sahara' option package), "Snoopy" has been all over the state of California visiting crash sites, taking us to see the landing of the Space Shuttle, and performing research.
Outfitted in a Garmin Global Positioning System and a customized location & tracking display, "Snoopy" gets us where we want to go, with an attitude of that charismatic cartoon canine (and always in time for supper!).
"Snoopy" is not just a Jeep... but an idea, a vision, and a dream... The ability to go anywhere and do anything... Visit remote regions in the high desert, and transverse with six cylinders of speed, air-conditioned comfort, and a sense of limitless adventure, with the plastic bobble head always nodding in agreement.
We love "Snoopy" and he is truly the unsung member of Check-Six. Without him, wreck chasing would be just another weekend where the car gets uncannily filthy and requires two coats of wax afterwards. But with "Snoopy", dirt and dust are worn with distinct honor and pride.
In late May of 2003, "Snoopy" was almost damaged beyond repair in an accident while returning from yet another research trip. Through the patience, persistence, and personal sacrifice (as often demonstrated by the noteworthy mammal), "Snoopy" was able to return to the roads, and continue the long lineage the name "Snoopy" carries with it, now and always...
Happily, on January 12th, 2007, at 11:48 A.M. on eastbound Interstate 580 in Livermore, California, and just about a half mile from the Airway Blvd. exit, Snoopy's odometer turned to a historic 100,000. The theme music from the movie "The Right Stuff" was played in Snoopy's honor to mark the occasion, and he continues to plug along, tearing across the miles with impunity and rigor. And we salute him for that! Godspeed, "Snoopy"!
So, if you see a white Jeep with a tan hardtop chugging down highway 680, give him a friendly honk. Because that jeep just very well be "Snoopy"!
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads..."
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