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Sue Mead

Sue Mead

Sue Mead began her automotive career in 1988 as a free-lance evaluator for Four-Wheeler Magazine, on the first team that included women as test drivers. She immediately became hooked on four-wheeling and the places it took her. Over the next few years Mead developed relationships with all of the leading 4WD publications in the US and then began to work with the mainstream press writing columns, such as “Get off the Road”, a syndicated newspaper column, gaining a reputation as a woman who understood and could write about 4WD vehicles.

Mead’s goals were not only to learn about and participate in 4WD events, but also to write about the fun and adventure of four-wheeling and inspire others to participate and to promote safe technical driving and responsible use of the backcountry. She also served a 3-year term on the board of directors of Tread Lightly! Mead has been a participant in four Camel Trophy events, the Baja 1000 six times, twice as a driver and competed with Darren Skilton in the 2000 Dakar Rally. She has written about her adventures and extreme four-wheeling for publications around the globe focusing considerable attention on the world of off-road motorsports. Today, Mead travels the world test-driving vehicles and working as a photojournalist/feature writer for more than 100 publications. She has been four wheeling in 36 countries during the past 19 years and has accumulated enough off-road miles to have circumnavigated the world in the dirt. It has become her professional and personal passion.

Learn more about ORMHOF inductee Sue Mead in this 'Conversations with Big Rich' Podcast:

6:49 – Rural can be different depending on the makeup of people that live in an area

11:12 – My first roll of film had three photos go to the Associated Press

18:22 – 85% of the photography needs can be met with a cell phone

24:42 – Make sure you know your exit before you get on top of things

30:43 – “What I really want to know is how do you get along with people?”

35:01 – “Your organs are shutting down, we don’t know if we can save you.”…I prayed two prayers that day.

43:04 – “You didn’t do too bad for a girl”

"There is more, so much more; listen in to hear about Borneo, Bolivia, Alaska, and so many more adventures.  When I grow up, I wanna be Sue Mead!" -- Big Rich