Monday, August 5, 2013

Jeep Music Video - Lee How "High Roller"

Well here's something you don't see every day: a music video in which a group of lifted Jeep Wranglers are the stars.  I've never heard of Lee How before and this is certainly not my kind of music, but overall it's not a bad video.  It's a refreshing change from the stereotypical urban rap.

BlueRibbon Coalition Commercial

BlueRibbon Coalition has created the above commercial advertising their efforts to preserve recreational opportunities and access to the Great Outdoors with their fight to keep public lands open to the public.  They represent ALL forms of responsible outdoors recreation: 4x4 exploration, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, hang-gliding, motorcycling, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and all others.

If you haven't yet joined their organization or donated to their cause, you really ought to consider doing so - they're working every day to fight the efforts of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and all other anti-access faux-environmentalist groups to lock you out of your public lands.  BRC is the most powerful pro-access environmental organization in the world, and they need your help to keep public lands open to the public!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jeep Wrangler JK vs. Nissan Patrol GU

The Nissan Patrol, like the Toyota Land Cruiser, Suzuki Samurai/Jimny, and Land Rover Series/Defender are known around the world for being the toughest and most capable 4x4s available to the Average Joe.  Jeeps have traditionally been top of the heap in America, but with so few of them exported to other countries, there have not been many direct comparisons against foreign benchmarks.

Until now.  With the introduction of the JK-series Jeep Wrangler, many more have been sold overseas than any other model Jeep.  And since Fiat's purchase of Chrysler Corporation a few years ago, the JK's exports have grown substantially as Fiat works to make Jeep a global brand.  The Jeep brand - and the Jeep Wrangler in particular - is finally getting a chance to prove itself in places and against vehicles it's never before faced.

The following videos were produced by some Australians who have had fun putting a new Jeep Wrangler JK with a mild 2.5-inch American Expedition Vehicles suspension lift and 33-inch tires up against some Nissan Patrol GUs in real-world trails and obstacles.  The differences in offroad ability are substantial - and note that this Jeep is a Sport model, not the high-zoot Rubicon edition with the additional offroad equipment that further sets the Wrangler ahead of its peers.

Jeep Turns 72 Years Old Today

In honor of the Jeep's 72nd birthday, Yahoo Autos published a historical article on the Jeep's history entitled August 1: The Jeep was born on this date in 1941.

The following video shows some of the Jeep's promotional footage from the 1940's: