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The 17th Annual All Breeds Jeep Show

PA Jeeps Inc. is a local, non-profit, educational organization which strives to protect everyone’s right to use public lands, not only for safe off-highway driving but also for hiking, horseback riding, camping, etc.

Jeep owners and lovers will once again unite on July 21 and 22, 2012 in York, PA for this one of a kind annual event celebrating all things Jeep.  The event is sponsored by the PA Jeeps club which touts itself as “a non-profit, educational organization  which strives to use public lands, not only for safe off-highway driving, but also for hiking, horseback riding, camping, etc. “

The All Breeds Jeep show is a combination event that will feature a wide array of activities.  Some of the events allow Jeep owners to enter their Jeeps in various competitions and events.  Some of the competitions include:  the RTI ramp competition, the slow crawl competition, the best trail ready Jeep competition, the ultimate beater competition, and the longest distance traveled competition for the Jeep that drove to the event the furthest.

Non-Jeep owners or Jeep owners who don’t want to enter their Jeeps can also get in on the fun by attending non-participation events including:  new Jeep displays, a swap meet, various family activities, vehicle recovery demos, advice from manufacturers,  a Jeep parade, and a lot more.

Registration is now open to all participants.   People who register before July 18th will pay $35 for Saturday only and only $40 for both days.  People who sign-up at the event will pay $45.00 for Saturday or $50.00 for both days.  PA Jeeps members pay only $25.00.  The first 400 registrations will receive an event dash plaque, a goodie bag, and event program, a bonus raffle ticket and “Poker Run 500” playing card.

Participants in the event will be able to register in one of the 13 classes and 3 categories.  The classes are:  military, Willys, CJ5s, CJ7s, CJ6/CJ8/Commandos, Wagoneer/J-Trucks/FC, Cherokee/Comanche, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler YJ (87-95), Wrangler TJ/LJ (97-06), Wrangler JK (07-Present), Liberty/Compass/Patriot/Commander, and Non-Street Legal.     The three categories include:  Stock, Modified and Unlimited.

Vendors interested in being part of the vendor area need to register by July 14th.  Space rental ranges from $150 for a 10×40 booth all the way up to $300 for a 40×40 booth.    Vendors wishing to bring larger trucks need to contact the show chairman for more information.  Swap meet participants can get a 10×40 booth for $60 each.

The 17th Annual All Breeds Jeep Show opens their gates at 7am both days with the first event starting at 8am and the final event ending around 5pm.  On-site camping is available starting at $20 for a basic tent only campsite.

Time: July 21, 2012 to July 22, 2012
Location: York Fairgrounds
Street: 334 Carlisle Ave
City/Town: York, PA 17404
Website or Map: http://www.pajeeps.org
Phone: (717) 309-0513
Event Type: jeep, show, wheelin’
Organized By: PA Jeeps

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I am always up for a good trail ride and love sharing my adventures with others. So when Brian LaVoie asked me to be the Vermont Trail guide 6 months ago, I had no idea this adventure would bring me so much satisfaction. Brian is the founder for Wheeling for The Lost and raises funds to help support the work of the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. Brian uses his hobby of Off-roading to hold events that will promote Child Safety. Brian wanted to do a first of its kind, Jeep thru all 6 New England States in 6 days. Plus raise money and awareness along the way. This trip was to include 5 Jeeps, as the event neared 3 dropped out, which left Brian’s JK, and my YJ, JT Croteau from NH was able to join us with his TJ.

This amazing trip wouldn’t be complete without a navigator, so I asked my amazing friend Opal Justice to join us. Opal Justice is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, and her first CD which was released in 2010 which included Good Girls, & Dirty Jeeps. I knew with her amazing voice and experience we could include a benefit performance. She was on board right away with raising money and awareness for WFTL.
She arrived in Albany NY on Friday June 1st – that evening we went over to CJs a small local bar in Rutland VT. There she was introduced to The Space Monkees, Duane Carleton – Vocals & Guitar, Steve Audsley – Vocals & Bass Guitar, Gary Spaulding – Vocals & Drums, a local band, who just a couple hours before heard her CD. That night she performed Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps with the backing of The Space Monkees and together they rocked the house.


On June 2nd we began the trail ride here in Vermont. It had stormed the night before and was still sprinkling as we met up. We headed out with the 3 Jeeps and my husband in his CJ5, as we drove up the town road towards the class 4 trail, we were met by fallen trees that came down in the storm the night before. We cut the trees out of the town road, and further up we had a few more to cut out. Once on the trail, it was still wet and damp from the storm which made trail conditions a little more challenging. We wandered through the back woods of my beloved Vermont Green Mountains, I shared stories of previous adventures and discussed different lines along the trail. We arrived at a rock ledge that had a steep incline, one of my favorite spots to climb. The rock was damp from the weather and I proceeded up the face, with Opal Justice in the passenger seat. She had never been on a trail ride and this was her first, at one point because of the steep grade all that was visible was the sky. We climbed up in 2nd low gear and made it to the top. Brian in his JK decided to try it, he approached the ledge and wasn’t finding a grab, with wheels a spinning. He attempted a couple times and wanted to give up. I told him his Jeep was perfectly capable of this obstacle, and with a little less skinny pedal let the tires grab while staying steady on the gas. With that he crept up this ledge and was able to experience the upward climb. We finished the trail ride in about 2 ½ hours.

The rain had started again, and decided to skip the camping at the state park, and camped out on the floor of my living room. That evening was Opal’s performance at The Granville Forum in Granville NY. We all arrived in our Jeeps and there were already a few Jeeps in the parking lot. We set up the stage and table for the donations for the money we were raising for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Friends from The Mettowee Extreme Off-road Park and Extreme Buggys were on hand. The Space Monkees arrived and played an awesome set. Opal Justice went on stage to perform an acoustic set as she sang a couple cover songs and songs off her first CD, Flaws and Raw, she included a few new songs she had just written. The Space Monkees took the stage again with Opal Justice and rocked the house with fan favorite Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps, and before ending she revealed her new song, Its Jeep Thing. The night ended with everyone wishing us well on our journey, thru the remainder of New England.

On June 3rd we woke to dry weather in Vermont, and loaded the Jeeps and headed for CT, while passing thru MA the rain began to fall, sometimes very heavy at times. We made it to CT where we set up the booth for Wheeling for The Lost, and handed out child safety and ID kits. When we were done we headed to a trail which began in CT, and ended in RI. It was different terrain than VT, slightly sandy and few rocks. Upon completing this trail into RI, the skies opened up and poured rain, thunder, and lightening. We continued plowing thru the deluge of rain, at times with my bikini top and half doors the rain was coming inside as bad as the outside. I had rain blowing in sideways covering my windshield, I would use my sweatshirt to try and wipe it, and needless to say it was very challenging keeping the windshield clear so I could see. We stopped in Plymouth MA and stayed the night, in hopes the rain would calm down.

June 4th We braved the rain that was still pouring down on us, and we visited the beach in Plymouth. I opened the door of my Jeep and the gust of wind caught it, I thought for sure it would pull off. The waves were crashing in over the bulkheads. We went to Plymouth Rock, and saw the Mayflower. Then we made our way north as we drove thru the tunnel that went under Boston on our way to Maine in hopes the rain would let up soon.

June 5th We had arrived in NH/Maine border where we were able to hit the trails. The rain was calming down now and only a spritz here and there. We drove on about 5 or 6 trails throughout NH and Maine. On one trail we had a rock ledge to climb up, Brian went first in his JK, I went second, and JT had turned the wheel of his TJ over to Opal Justice. JT spotted Opal over the rocks, and up the ledge as she climbed for the first time behind the wheel. I will never forget as she stepped out the Jeep, and said, “JEEP. I UNDERSTAND!” This was the point she realized what everyone in the Jeeping community had been talking about. She now was hooked on the freedom a Jeep offered.
We continued up the trail to a spot Brian referred to as Suicide Hill. He said he witnessed an XJ that had tried to climb the hill and failed. So of course on that note, I walked up the hill and surveyed that terrain, which at the base was loose flowing mud, then changing to steep dirt, and two thirds the way up changed to very large rock and washout, the top had a small spot to turn around. No one in our group wanted to attempt it. I had come too far not too, so I picked my line and began my ascent up this Suicide Hill. I was thinking the bottom slick stuff would slow me up, but my YJ climbed with grace and valor as she brought me to the top of the hill. I turned around up top and began my descent down, very proud of my Jeep.

We continued on thru creek beds that were flowing pretty well with all the rain fall. We went thru a logging header and headed out of the woods. This was a very awesome day.

June 6th We set up at The Scarborough Police Station, with the child ID kits. We were visited by a woman who was following our trip thru New England, on Facebook and was excited to meet us, as we were to meet her. She had asked about our journey, and looked over my Jeep as I explained all that I had done to build her. She is in the market to buy a Jeep, and I look forward to sharing the trails with her someday! It was time to clean up and everyone head home, we all knew the adventure was over, but didn’t want it to end. We had all became friends which began back in Vermont.

Opal and I began our trek back to Vermont, finally the weather was on our side. With blue sky and sun we wandered thru the little back towns of NH and VT. We arrived in VT around 6pm, and found out she had an invitation to come to open mic night at the Center Street Alley Bar, so off we went and waited for her turn to sing on stage. We listened to local talented artists sing and perform. Opal took the stage and sang a cover and 3 of her own songs, Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps, My Country, and Dumbass. This was great end to our journey.

I am so pleased Brian asked me to join him on the 6 days in 6 states event. I have endured the battering of torrential rain, wind, and hours of highway miles with my Jeep. Some even doubted that my Jeep would be able to make it thru all of New England. I am so proud my Jeep she has made me the person I am today, strong and confident. I am looking forward to our future adventures together.

If you were unable to make it out to any of the events and want to contribute to Wheeling for the Lost, please contact Brian LaVoie @ wheelingforthelost@gmail.com

If you are interested a copy of Opal Justice’s CD please contact Opal @ opaljustice777@gmail.com

Please continue to follow The Vermont Jeepgirl on Facebook and her Adventures, in wrenching, building, and trail riding.
June 2012

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As most people know it is harder and harder for Jeep lovers to find places to play off-road without fear of the authorities running you off, or worse, putting you in handcuffs. That is why we occasionally drop you a little note about a cool place to play safely and legally. This month we are focusing on a park opening at the end of summer or early fall of 2012 called Wicked Hills Off-Road Park.

Wicked Hills is located at 271 Parmenter Hill Road in China, Maine which is one of the highest points in central Maine. The location and elevation are perfect for varied topography with amazing views. The park boasts 605 acres boarded by Palermo and China (the city not the country) on the east and Bog Brook on the west. Locals tell us that Wicked Hills is easy to find and has great paved roads leading into the park as well as tons of parking for trailers and other vehicles.

Once inside the park; off-roaders will be pleased to find a mix of old country roads, tote roads and discontinued roads. We have been told that the most of the roads have been cleared of any major issues which will allow for a fun day on the trails without having to worry about removing unwanted brush. The trails have a nice mix of steep inclines for the expert off-roaders as well as milder terrain for the newer riders.

Wicked Hills plans to open the park this summer with just the basic needs and little else. Once the park starts to gain popularity they plan on doing a phase 2 building project which will add camping, food, bathrooms, and pavilions for lunches and picnics. They are also hoping to add an obstacle course and more trails as well.

Out-of-towners looking to take a little vacation in Maine will be pleased to find China Lake about 6 miles west of Wicked Hills. The lake is a great place for spring and fall trout fishing and summer bass fishing. Boat rentals are also available at the Lake. There are also a bunch of well-priced cabin rentals and few bed and breakfasts as well.

The park has not opened yet, but you can keep an eye on the progress by visiting their website at wickedhills.com. Currently they are doing a monthly update as they work their way through the permit process.

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 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude

Each year Jeep releases a cool special edition that always drive Jeep lovers wild and make them wish they had one of their own. The 2012 must-have Jeep is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude Edition. One look at this sexy vehicle and it is easy to tell why it will sell out and sell out fast.

The exterior of the car is a sleek monochromatic paint job available in Black Cherry Red, Black, Bright White or Bright Metallic Silver with all black trim. This monochromatic vide extends all the way to the matching hardtop. The exterior is tied together with a matte black Jeep grille, a Mopar black fuel fill door and a black tone-on-tone hood graphic.

The black and red theme continues on the interior of the Jeep Unlimited Altitude edition. The most apparent of the red touches would be the stitching found on the seats, door panels, center arm rest, floor mats and steering wheel. The black elements are found on steering-wheel spokes, the rings around the vents, door pulls and the passenger side “oh bleep handles”.

Interior features include a newly redesigned instrument panel with more storage areas, improved ergonomics, and upgrade materials. There is a lockable console, upgraded armrests on the door with better comfort and a newly appointed center stack that is said to be easier to operate.

One of the best things about this edition of the Jeep Wrangler is that is come complete with everything a Jeep enthusiast needs to simply drive it from the showroom to the trail without even having to stop for gas. Jeep has equipment this edition of the Wrangler with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine which makes it perfect for driving around town or bopping across a tough trail ride. An automatic transmission is standard.

The V-6 engine delivers 285 horses and 260 pounds of torque while still getting up to 21 miles per gallon on the highway. This is an improvement on the older engine that had 40% less horsepower and 10 percent less torque. These stats sure to please trail lovers.

This edition can be had in either a 4×2 or a 4×4. Pricing for the 4×2 is $33,740 while you can grab a 4×4 for just under $36K at $35,595. If you are interested in owning one you better hurry because only 4,500 them hit the showroom floors in May of 2012. At this price they are sure to sell pretty fast.

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1974 Jeep Cherokee

1974 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee actually started out as a two-door, sporty version of the popular Jeep Wagoneer. The first version of the Cherokee was known as the “Cherokee Chief” and it hit the streets in 1974. Then in 1977 the “Wagoneer-Cherokee” was introduced as a four-door version of the chief.

As we all know the Wagoneer was a monster of a vehicle and sucked up a good amount of gas to get from point-a to point-z. So, in 1984 the Cherokee became its own line as the world started to make smaller vehicles across the board.

AMC completely overhauled the Cherokee to take it far away from its Wagoneer roots. The first step was to create it on wheel base that was more than 7 inches shorter than the Wagoneer-Cherokee. The new model was also about 21 inches shorter than the earlier versions. The vehicle also weighed about 1,000 pounds less than the previous model.

The smaller wheelbase made it easier to drive in normal driving conditions while the lighter weight helped to decrease the fuel consumption. These two factors made the vehicle a lot more accessible to people who needed a car for fun and for everyday family life.

The Cherokee came in three different trim levels: the base model, the Pioneer and the Chief. The base model was very similar to the Wagoneer with very little in the way of conveniences. The Pioneer was the “luxury” version complete with carpet, additional gauges, a fully-functional center console and even a rear window wiper with washer. The Chief, much like the Wagoneer version, was the sporty edition which came standard with hood striping, white-lettered tires and blacked-out exterior trim.

AMC unloaded an impressive 78,000 Cherokees in the first full year of sales. Much of this was most likely to do with the fact that 4×4 lovers were impressed with the vehicle. One of the reasons they loved the SUV some much was because of the two 4×4 options. Drivers could select the “Command-Trac” or the “Selec-Trac” 4×4 system. The former would allow the owner to choose if they wanted to drive 4×4 or 2×4 while the later was always propelled by 4×4.

For the most part the Cherokee remained the class-leader in full-sized SUVS that traveled by 4×4. The original version of the Cherokee, the XJ, stopped production in 2001 and was replaced in 2008 by what is called the KK Cherokee.

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Twisted Trails Off Road Park

Twisted Trails Off Road Park

From time to time we like to take a look at the various off-road trails and facilities across the country. Today we will focus on the Twisted Trails Off-Road Park in Copemish, Michigan managed by the Dusters Off-Road Club.

Overview
The off-road park has been opened for 5 years and they are proud to call it a “people’s park” because they focus on making the off-road lover happy with whatever they are looking for in an excursion. They are open

Twisted Trials Off-Road Park offers a wide range of activities for owners of 4×4 Jeeps, atvs, dirt bikes, and other 4×4 off-road vehicles. The off-road adventures include: “mild to wild” trials, rock crawls, sand drags, a trail master challenge, an obstacle course and a full race facility.

The park is open year road for regular visits and they also host a variety of events throughout the year. Most of the special events are done as fundraisers for local non-profit organizations that are near and dear to the park’s heart. Some of the causes include Toys for Tots, US Soldiers and the VFW.

Camping
One of the best parts about the Twisted Trails Off-Road Park is the fact that you can camp right next to the grounds of the park. This is great because you won’t have to waste time driving from a distant camp site to the trails.

They have 30 rustic sites that feature a woodsy setting with running water, and portable toilets. The setting is a little rough, but as we all know Jeep lovers like to rough it! Reservations are available, but if you can also chance it and hope you can get a spot.

Other Info
There is a small entry fee for each person entering the park. The park also offers ATV rentals for Jeep owners who also like to trail ride on something a little less exciting. They offer half day rentals, full day rentals and two day rentals.

Upcoming Events
June 23, 2012: Trail Master
July 7, 2012: Mud Bash
August 4, 2012: Dog party, Copemish Days Parade
September 8 & 9, 2012: Extreme Muck Ruck
September 22, 2012: Rock Crawl
October 13 & 14, 2012: Pumpkin Run (all vehicles welcome)
November 10, 2012: Last Chance Wheeling
December 1, 2012: Toys for Tots

Contact
Twisted Trails Off-Road Park
19405 Read Road
Copemish, Michigan 49625
231-651-9548

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee gains a diesel engine in the U.S. market in 2013.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee gains a diesel engine in the U.S. market in 2013.

While a lot of car makers are putting their “alternative” energy ducks in the hybrid and electric basket, Jeep and a few other companies are focusing their “alternative” energy ducks on the diesel powered engines.

The first Jeep vehicle to get the diesel treatment will be the 2013 version of the Grand Cherokee. This is the first time the Grand has had a diesel engine in the US since the 2008 model. These diesel powered Jeeps will be built on the Jefferson North plant in Detroit (the same place Dodge makes the Durango) which will allow the plant to add a little over 1,000 new jobs to the factory.

This news of the diesel returning to the US Jeep market is great news for the off-road crowd. There are two reasons for the delight. The first, and let’s face it, the most important reason, MORE TORQUE. More torque means better off-roading. And second, better gas mileage, which means longer Jeep off-road adventures.

Chrysler has not given the exact data for how the engine will perform with the US version of the Jeep, but all signs point to the fact that they will be using the same V6 engine that has been used in Europe for several years. That engine delivers 187 horsepower, 410 pounds of torque and gas mileage of 22.8 in the city and 32.7 on the highway. If these gas mileage specs hold true they are a huge improvement over the current gas powered engines.

Once the Grand Cherokee hits the market and starts to make its mark there are a lot of people who think it won’t be too long before they are popping diesel engines into other Jeep vehicles. Of course the off-roaders will want one in the Wrangler as quickly as possible for the added torque. But the suburbanites will want a diesel powered Jeep Laredo for the better fuel mileage stats.

Pricing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee has not been announced yet, but with 2013 inching closer and closer we expect they will be releasing the specs and pricing soon.

The funny thing about all this is that Jeep used to sell a CRD until 2008 and it had good reviews. One has to wonder why it takes serious gas price issues for American car makers to understand the benefits of diesel. Of course there was a time when diesel was bad, but the current diesel fuels burn cleaner than most regular gases and get better gas mileage.

Maybe this latest edition will sell well enough to get Jeep to keep the diesel engine purring for years to come!

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