The Toyota Tacoma has a loyal group of owners, one of which founded a club in Texas in 1998. As the years went by, the club became one for all Toyota lovers, and has since spread to nearly every state in the U.S. The club is named the Toyota Territory Off-Roaders Association (TTORA), and was founded by Shannon Brookshire. Some say that the Toyota Tacoma is named for the city in Washington state. The TTORA says that Tacoma is an Indian word meaning strength and power, and was the name of the mountain that provided water to the Salish Indian tribe. That mountain is now called Mount Rainier.
The Toyota Tacoma truck has been around since 1995. It is a durable and reliable vehicle, which can be seen daily on the roads of the U.S. Tacoma owners affectionately refer to their vehicle as “she” and “her,” and they are quick to tell you how much they love their little lady, Tacoma. You can bet they only use genuine Toyota Tacoma parts on their reliable pickups.
The love of the Tacoma is not the only reason for the TTORA club. Their members also share a desire to “protect and preserve public trails for the sport of motorized off-roading.” They also help members by providing free resources regarding taking care of their Tacoma, as well as customizing their truck with Toyota Tacoma parts. One of my favorite features of the web site is the photo gallery, where members can upload photos of their customized Tacomas, as well as more humorous shots, such as the one of a truck in a snowbank.
This particular group of Toyota lovers provides great and varied information regarding all aspects of 4×4 trails. There are trail guides, trail ratings, CB radio information, a 4X4 Creed, environmental information, and information on other 4 wheel drive associations. No matter what you need to know regarding your Toyota Tacoma, you are bound to find it here. They encourage you to register as a free member so you can have access to all of their information. Once a member, you can create a profile and communicate with other Toyota owners, asking questions and offering answers to others, as well as sharing your love of driving a Toyota. Their trail and camping guide section provides excellent advice for all those venturing out on a trail or a camping trip, including a vehicle safety check list. Check them out at http://www.ttora.com, and remember to use only genuine Toyota Tacoma parts when you’re upgrading your pickup.
So large and great are the numbers of the Toyota Tacoma and other 4WD lovers, that there is now a magazine devoted to all Toyota 4×4 models, “4WD Toyota Owner,” which can be found online at http://www.4wdtoyotaowner.com. They launched with their Sept/Oct premiere issue in 2005. Whether you need or want to know about the latest trends or the newest features, from a Toyota door handle to a Toyota antenna, this is the magazine for true and loyal Toyota Owners.
If you love your Toyota, you are not alone. Indeed, there is no doubt a group near you or online where you will feel right at home learning how to spruce up your vehicle. Perhaps you can even share a bit of knowledge with new owners.
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