The Rebuilding of Stomper: Helping Out
Written: June 20, 2013
by Andy Lilienthal
You've likely heard about the deadly EF-5 tornado that ripped through the town of Moore, OK on May 20, 2013. This massive and destructive twister was devastating to say the least. Among the stories of destruction and heartache had come heroic tales and bits of good news. Even in our tight-knit world of off-roading, there has been one story that has been getting some attention.

Bryan Hutton and his young son had driven their 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, affectionately known as "Stomper," from their home in Ohio to visit family and friends in Bryan's hometown, Moore, OK. (Bryan's wife is currently deployed in Afghanistan.) During the visit, they were unfortunately caught in the path of the infamous May 20 tornado.

Stomper, a damaged Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Fortunately, both Bryan and his son were safe. Seeing the destruction around him, Bryan decided to take action and head to his Jeep. The vehicle was in very rough shape after taking lots of damage from the tornado, but he was able to get it running and used it, and his WARN VR8000-S winch, to move debris and help people out in a time of great need.

The story of Bryan's selfless actions to help others with his Jeep spawned a Facebook page called The Rebuilding of Stomper. Setup by a friend, this page has gotten the attention of many people including those in the off-road industry. Numerous companies have banded together to help rebuild his Jeep, Stomper, and help someone out who helped so many others during this difficult time.

Warn Industries is donating a new ZEON 8-S winch and a Rock Crawler Stubby Bumper for the Jeep project, and we're proud to be able to be a part of the rebuilding of Stomper. The work is being done by Kustom Koachworks in Arizona, and we recently learned that the vehicle will be featured at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November.

We're glad Bryan and his son are safe, and our hearts go out to all those affected by the storm in Oklahoma, even a month after this storm occurred.

Tags: Jeep,tornado,rebuilding,restoration
Filed under: Truck/Jeep/SUV, Universal