If you grew up in ’70s and ’80s, the most famous long-bearded family you knew were the brothers from ZZ Top. If you’re an absorber of today’s pop culture, you’ll undoubtedly know that the most notable long-beards of mention today belong to the Robertson clan. This family of long-haired Southerners have become a staple in the world thanks to their reality television show Duck Dynasty.
We don’t watch a tremendous amount of television in general, but we are familiar with the show. While the beards are quite impressive, what really caught our attention was the amount of modified 4x4s the family drives. More importantly to us, we noticed that one of the family members (Willie Robertson’s eldest son John Luke) could routinely be seen behind the wheel of a lifted Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
At first, we were as skeptical as you might be. Sure, they might have a lifted Jeep, but do they really use it? We did a little digging and with the help of another well-known West Monroe, Louisiana, company Skyjacker, we found out that these Duck guys are real-deal wheelers. Since this is Jp after all, we wanted to find out more about the tan JK we keep seeing.
So, after a bit of emailing, we landed a few minutes time with the one who pilots the Jeep the most, John Luke.
Jp: What do you like the most about the Jeep?
JL: I can park anywhere, go anywhere, and when I get tired of it, I just take the top or the doors off and it's a new vehicle again.
Jp: Do you go off-road more for fun or to get to a place?
Both. If I am going somewhere not off-road, then I will usually take a detour to have some fun.
Jp: What has been your funniest off-road mishap?
JL: None of my off-road mishaps were funny at the time. One time, I was on my way to church and I saw a huge flock of birds in a field. Of course, I had to drive through the birds to make them fly. The tree came out of nowhere. The funny part was describing to my parents how my right tire was separated from the axle by a small cypress tree.
Jp: Any other crazy driving stories you care to share?
JL: I've had plenty of adventures in my Jeep. I've had water up to the windows, lost power steering, one time the bumper was ripped off and it took the winch, the cables that connected the winch to the battery, the battery, and everything in between out with it. I haven't gotten to take it on any rocks—mostly just mud. But I'm moving to Virginia in the fall, so I will be able to explore some mountain trails.
Jp: On the show it seems like most of men in the family drive lifted trucks. Has it always been this way?
JL: Ever since I was a kid, all my uncles had trucks. My dad actually drove a Jeep when I was very young. That may be why I've always loved Jeeps.
Jp: At this point in your life, do you plan to move into the family business? If so, will you break tradition and go beard free?
JL: At this point in my life I am going to college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I don't know what I am going to study. I am leaning towards business because there always is the family business to come back to. I don't know what the future holds. I like to try new things.
Jp: How has being on Duck Dynasty changed life for you?
JL: Duck Dynasty hasn't changed my life so much because I have grown up with it. The show is a part of my life like any work is. It's just a job with good and bad perks like anything else.
Vehicle: ’11 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s): NVG 241
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-in w/Skyjacker M95 Monotube shocks
Axles: Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear
Wheels: 18-in Raceline Rampage
Tires: 35x12.50R18 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Cool extras: Skyjacker dual steering stabilizers, Aries bumpers, steps, and light guards, Truck-Lite LED headlights, Warn 9.5cti winch