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6 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2018 B ucks 4x4 is building a lot more than Jeeps, trucks and off-roaders these days. The Idaho shop is also building top industry talent in collaboration with a local aftermarket nonprofit called Rebuilding Generations. "I grew up with a wrench in my hands, and I loved it," says Jeff Buck, owner of the family-owned off-road shop founded in 1966. "When I met Kevin Keep of Rebuilding Generations, I knew imme- diately that I wanted to be a part of this youth ministry." THE VISION Founded in 2013 by Kevin and Jenny Keep with the support of Lynn Hawkins and Joseph Callahan, Rebuilding Generations pairs seasoned auto mechanics, builders, fabricators and welders with youth (aged seven years and up) to learn hands-on skills while working on project vehicles. "There are so many experienced automo- tive pros in our industry, and they have a wealth of experience to share with youth," said Kevin Keep. "RG kids are mentored and guided by pros that share all the tricks of the trade and, of course, industry pas- sion. That's the stuff that's going to keep our industry alive 10 years from now." Shops like Bucks 4x4 ( partner with RG alongside industry product manufacturers to help provide the space, tools, equipment and know-how for successful projects. KIDS TRADE TECH FOR TRAILS "We took our project Jeep and more than a dozen kids out to Moab this year," Buck reveals. "These kids got up on the trails and, you know, the light went on—they understood what every modification was meant to do." And they didn't even miss their com- puters and videogames. "They also completely forgot about technology for a whole week, which was incredible," Buck notes. "They were just outside, having an amazing time, getting their hands dirty, hanging around with other off-road enthusiasts and learning firsthand what this industry is all about. There's no place like Moab for that kind of experience." Buck got involved with RG about five years ago, but the Moab Jeep fever started with an aggressive 2017 RG and Bucks 4x4 project build called AdventureCon, a Jeep Rubicon JK completely outfitted as a camping-ready overlander with impressive off-road capability. In 2018, the Bucks team helped RG kids build Little Polar Bear, a white 2018 Jeep Rubicon JK designed to transition seam- lessly from the street to the trails. Practically Magic, a purple 2017 Jeep Rubicon JK, was built last year for a 2017 SEMA Show 6 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2018 BUCKS THE BUILDER Idaho 4x4 shop teams with Rebuilding Generations to bring kids & trucks together. By Tracy L. Teuscher Idaho's Bucks 4x4 has joined with Rebuilding Generations, a local youth ministry that pairs youth with business, taking young enthusiasts to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari.

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