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Jeep Jamboree - Media Review

Posted in Features on July 1, 2005
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With the girth of an encyclopedia and roughly as many pictures, facts, and findings, Mark A. Smith's new book, Driven by a Dream, is an awesome tome chronicling the Jeep Jamboree USA founder's life from birth to present day. With great emphasis on the roles that Jeep vehicles and the Rubicon Trail play in his life, the book provides details about Mr. Smith's early adventures as a U.S. Marine, as a logger, as a businessman, as a developer, as an Eldorado County Sheriff, and as a husband, father, and friend. Driven by a Dream also offers astonishing photos, along with Mr. Smith's thoughts and observations taken from journals he kept throughout the years during such adventures as the Expedicin de Las Americas, a 1978-1979 trek through the jungles and swamps leading from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay; the longest trip ever completed on the South American continent. The vehicles of choice for the expedition were five stock Jeep CJ-7s equipped with winches and 31-inch Goodyear All Terrain tires. Driven by a Dream is an entertaining read with great photos and history of the Rubicon Trail and the very first Jeepers Jamboree in 1953. Whether you're a history buff or just want to read amazing tales of travel and adventure, this book is sure to satisfy.

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