Nature photographer Mark Harlow was hoping to reach 300,000 miles on the 2000 Toyota Tundra he bought new. Instead, he doubled it, for 600,000, with the same engine and transmission.
The man who once stared down a grizzly bear after hearing its gnashing teeth and snapping jaws often uses his truck as a safe base. He doesn’t carry firearms, or even bear pepper spray. Behind many of his wildlife photos are stories that paint a picture of the risks and rewards of photographing majestic creatures.
“I grew up a hunter and a trapper,” said Harlow, who learned a lot about tracking by looking at animal droppings.
Surviving a near-fatal car accident in the mid-1980s, Harlow, like his truck, keeps on going. The vehicle has never been stuck, though its driver carries a “come along” cable setup to free it from tough spots. The “Mighty Tundra,” as Harlow calls it, uses traditional oils, with monthly changes for the engine and twice a year in the transmission. He took delivery of the Tundra at Toyota City (now Brookdale Toyota) and has it serviced at Rudy Luther’s Toyota.
“I’ve replaced every suspension part on the truck because of the remote places I go,” he said. “This truck has been punished.” Never stranded, the truck was set to receive its 10th set of tires and still had no squeaks or rattles. The windshield has been replaced just once. Harlow and his vehicle were featured in Toyota Today magazine.
While the truck is a testament, the photos Harlow takes are far more attractive. He invites Luther employees to see them at markjharlow.com, and is offering a discount by using the code LUTHER2013.