Pine Grove Hampton Inn Off Road Fury (7/23)

May 16th, 2011

The FJ Bruisers are proud to be a part of the Pine Grove Hampton Inn Off Road Fury!  This is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow off-roaders and enjoy a weekend of fun and trailing!

Hummers, FJ’s, Jeeps, Xterras… anything off road… come one, come all stage your vehicles and compete in different categories for trophies and prizes… Have something to sell or swap… Bring it with!!!

Event info can be viewed on their Facebook page!

2011 Membership/Renewal

February 20th, 2011
Get your membership renewal for 2011 today.Along with your 2011 Membership/Renewal, we have a lot of new and exciting plans for 2011.

Don’t miss out on any opportunities. Renew today. We will continue on with the annual Cleaning Up the Green, Cleaning Up at Wharton State Forest, Annual Tree Planting, off roading events such as Guns & Mud, Spring MudFling V, Back to School, OBX Runs and Expeditions, and more. Plus don’t forget about our Trail & Safety Class and the occasional pick up run!

Along with your 2011 Membership/Renewal you will also be receiving a FJ Bruisers tote bag, Water Bottle and Note Book. These items were not just randomly picked but well thought out in support of Geo-Cache. A bag to carry your loot, a bottle for your water, and a note book for record keeping.

Bruisers on the Beach @ OBX – 2011 Fall Invitational III

June 17th, 2011

  Time to pack up rig and hit the sands of the Outer Banks for our third annual Bruisers on the Beach: Fall Invitational!

We are lining up two houses this year (with the possibility of a third). This is a great, vacation-style, event which involves wheelin’, relaxing, traveling, and hanging out for paid FJ Bruiser Members!

Previous Trail Reports and Pics Here

Bruisers On The Beach (2007), OBX Fall Invitational I (2008), The Bruce Dickinson “More Cowbell” OBX Fling (2009), OBX Fall Invitational II (2010)

Click here for more information

Midnight Run IV (July 16, 2011)

June 15th, 2011

Don’t be scared of the dark because the 4th running of the FJ Bruisers Midnight Run is coming! 

This is a unique opportunity to run the same loop at Green Ridge State Forest but under the shroud of darkness! A great opportunity to use your instincts and any auxiliary lights you have (aux lights are not required – your standard headlights will be fine)

If interested in this event please check the forum for updated venue information. Due to significant trail closings by the State of Maryland we can no longer use Green Ridge State Forest.

So bring some coffee and your heightened senses for a real challenge!

Click here for more information!

June 12th, 2011

Stickers, stickers, stickers…they are the pogs of the off road community and everyone wants to get them!

Now, thanks to our friends at, we are having a unique contest for those who enjoy collecting and displaying their event stickers!

One lucky submission to the club’s Facebook group will have their rig pic turned into a event sticker for our traditional fall run!

Click here for more information

An Unsung Hero

May 3rd, 2009

To the Rescue with the Japanese Jeep

“The reason our company is here is the Land Cruiser.”
-Toyota Motor Sales President and COO Jim Press

Toyota FJ Cruiser by Larry Edsall

World War II was over. Japan was suffering under a double-edged sword. The country was wracked by inflation and the rationing of available goods and services. What remained of the homeland industrial base struggled to achieve even a tenth of its prewar production levels.

“Starting from Zero”—that’s what Toyota Motor Corporation titles this period in its official corporate history.

From a contemporary perspective, it’s hard to imagine that the now mighty Toyota Motor Corporation had such modest prewar production numbers.

Founded in Japan in 1936 on the dream of creating domestically-designed and engineered passenger cars, Toyota at first had little choice but to focus on buses and trucks, not cars, for moving the nation’s people and their goods. Of the more than 16,000 vehicles the company built in 1943, little more than 200 were passenger cars.

A year later, that number dropped to a few dozen.

Although Japanese automakers were allowed to start building vehicles shortly after World War II ended
in September 1945, they were on their own in finding the needed raw materials. Even then they were restricted to producing trucks for the reconstruction effort. Between 1945 and 1947, Toyota built no cars at all, and it wasn’t until 1953 that the company returned to its meager prewar passenger car production levels.

But things started to change dramatically for Toyota in the summer of 1950, when the Cold War turned hot. The Peoples Republic of (North) Korea—supported by its Communist allies from China and the Soviet Union—invaded the Republic of (South) Korea. The ensuing battle would be supported by the presence of some 400,000 American military personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Club

The FJ Bruisers are a non-profit organization of FJ Cruiser owners, both men and women, seeking to enjoy driving off-road and taking part in the many events our club offers. The FJ Bruisers hold many anual events ranging from Expeditions through the Mojave Desert to cleaning up a local state forest. The rich diversity of our members enables us to have extensive vehicle knowledge and strong relationships with local Toyota dealerships.