In the late 1960s, James Garner, the famous TV actor, saw the excitement of
the emerging sport and decided to try his hand at desert competition.
Naturally, he turned to the best man in the business and soon Garner and
Stroppe had teamed up to prepare trucks for the "James Garner Racing Team".
Stroppe was in charge of prepping the trucks and Garner and others handled
the driving. Garner, with pavement racing star Scooter Patrick riding
shotgun, achieved moderate success with the Broncos for about a season or
two before moving on in later years to driving Ramblers and Oldsmobile
Banshees down the Baja peninsula. In 1972, Garner returned to Stroppe's
stable, driving an F100 pickup with Slick Gardner.