Design Notes: 1994 Dodge Ram Truck
Photo Gallery – Page 3
I added this page to display four pictures that relate to the story. I have not only been going through digital pictures lately (the inspiration for my last post: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Clays) but also boxes of real, old-fashioned developed photographs. Having been my handiwork, many have to do with vehicles.
The significance behind these seemingly pointless shots of second-generation Dodge Rams is that the photos were taken on June 25, 1993, months before the trucks were available to consumers.
I was in Laughlin, Nevada when I took them. My aunt and uncle have a house in Bullhead City, Arizona (across the Colorado River from Laughlin) and, from the mid-1980s through the 1990s, my family made several trips there to enjoy the river and recreation.
Anyway, those desert conditions were tempting to manufacturers that were anxious to test their upcoming models under environmental extremes. With as many trips as I’d made out there, it was only inevitable I’d catch a glimpse of some test mules. And I did, but I didn’t always have a camera.
On this particular date, me and a buddy were in my truck when I saw these three Rams off to the side in a parking lot. There was no apparent effort at concealment but, up to that point, the new trucks had only been teased in magazines. So this was cool stuff. (Keep in mind that this is before a quaint thing called the internet had caught traction so information came weekly or monthly, not hourly.)
Not wanting to miss the opportunity, I pulled off to the side and began to snap away. I’m, thinking I only took four pictures because this is long before the conveniences of digital cameras allowed for thousands of pictures to be stored; I probably had a 24-roll.
Since I never followed through with my plan to mail them to Motor Trend, at least they’re finally being shared here.
Click on one of the thumbnails below to see the full-sized picture.