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Old 06-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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I'm writing a paper about Jeeps/Off-roading. My thesis is: The reason off-roading driving is popular today is because of the creation of the Jeep in at the beginning WWII.

With that in mind, I need to get primary sources for my paper (meaning first-hand accounts). The question I have for my fellow Jeepers is:

- What does your Jeep mean to you?
- Do you think that off-roading is popular today because of Jeeps? Why or why not?

I may need you to follow up on your responses. Thanks for the responses!

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Jeep means to me.... and has for over 40 years..... the ability to drive down the road.... see some dirt/gravel road or a horse path.... and just EXPLORE it.

I have owned almost every kind of vehicle (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, etc), but nothing makes my blood course like a Jeep. I have had CJs, and YJs..... do not care for the newer body styles.

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Old 06-08-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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To me jeep means having the ability and the will to go where others won't. It means you're the kind of person who'll give up some creature comforts so you can drive a vehicle that's an off road machine first, and grocery getter second.

I don't think off roading is popular today entirely because of jeeps. Jeep definitely does have it's place in history, including WWII, but before the internal combustion engine was invented, people were doing basically the same thing but on horseback. It's about getting outside and exploring the countryside. The sense of adventure, freedom and getting away from it all. Jeeps are just a new fun way of doing that.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! More input from other people would be very helpful!
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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My Jeeps mean a way of life for me. They have always been my #1 hobby since I first sat on my Dads knees steering an old Willys CJ3B when I was 4, I'll always remember that. Years later I had the opportunity to be driven home in a new Corvette with the hottest woman in town...Nope, rode home with Dad in the Jeep, I'd have to think twice about that today .
Ask any one that knows me what's one thing they would associate me with and they'd say Jeep. I've made a lot of good friends over the years and I attribute that to my Jeep being the "ice breaker" if you will. I've owned other vehicles but no amount of luxury can compare to the feeling of driving a Jeep and quite frankly, I'm embarrassed to be seen in anything else. I love the smell of soft top in the morning!
So Bantam was technically the first Jeep per-say. Ford had their hand in the action as well. Bantam simply could not meet the production demand from the government so that's when Willys step in. I guess Ford was busy making passenger cars and truck and didn't foresee a profit at the time. So as time marched on pictures and videos started emerging to the public as to what these machines were capable of doing, the demand was on. It looked like fun and left over war Jeeps were already out for civilians to buy. But they were rugged and harsh, the public wanted more comfort creatures so the CJ was born (civilian jeep).
Do I think off-roading is popular today because of Jeeps, absolutely 100%. For decades people have accredited the Jeep as a necessity in winning the war. While that thought is still alive today, most folks hear the word Jeep and think freedom. That's a powerful word these days. We have the freedom to load up the family, the dog, a picnic lunch and head into nature on roads less traveled and enjoy each other and the view, making memories that last forever, all thanks to the one and only Jeep.
Sounds like I could be a spokesman for Jeep LOL, nah, I'm just that passionate about them.
Best of luck on your paper! I took photography in H.S and every pic I turned in was of a Jeep ha! The teacher would just shake his head and smile. I passed that class with all A's!
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:43 PM   #6
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I bought my first wrangler last year and was instantly hooked for life. There is a feeling like none other before that a Jeep is God's own vehicle for this life and I full heartedly agree.

Sorry I don't have much else to add but this.
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Originally Posted by akawonderchild
I'm writing a paper about Jeeps/Off-roading. My thesis is: The reason off-roading driving is popular today is because of the creation of the Jeep in at the beginning WWII.

With that in mind, I need to get primary sources for my paper (meaning first-hand accounts). The question I have for my fellow Jeepers is:

- What does your Jeep mean to you?
- Do you think that off-roading is popular today because of Jeeps? Why or why not?

I may need you to follow up on your responses. Thanks for the responses!
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:51 PM   #8
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A jeep is freedom, plain and simple. You don't need a road in a jeep. You can go places other folks will never see unless they hike for miles. Jeep folks for the most part are adventurers, they are the ones out there going where no man has driven before.
If you want to know what's on the other side, you jump in a jeep and go find out.

And heck yeah, Jeep started it all. And continues to this day to be the leader in off road, everyone else just jumped on the bandwagon when they saw how popular a jeep 4WD vehicle was.

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