If I were an intelligent, responsible, and attentive magazine editor I would have written all about the 2005 changes at Jp Magazine in or before the January '05 Trail Head. Guess what? I was busy babbling about my sister's bra size, being stuck in an elevator with an angry pregnant woman, and recalling my childhood hillbilly memories. Actually, at that point in time nothing was set in stone, so I didn't really know what 2005 held for Jp. Now I know.
First off, to all the magazine doomsayers who hate me and Jp, tough S#!T! I ain't going anywhere. In fact, I plan to stay even longer just to spite them. Truth is, we're making even more magazines this year. In 2003 we had six issues. In 2004 we had seven. This year we have 10 (I couldn't count any higher without taking my shoes off). You'll see January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November and December issues for 2005.
I'll stay in the editor/head tyrant/ninja exterminator position, Christian Hazel will remain the technical editor/lead-story monkey, and new guy Peder (pronounced Pee-der) Trasborg will be joining us from the East Coast (namely New Jersey) to be Jp's new associate editor/bobbing-for-"apples"-in-the-toilet-blindfolded expert. Don't worry, he doesn't drive an IROC-Z or wear gold neck chains - at least not that I know of. Maybe I'll make it mandatory for him to wear pastel polyester leisure suits and gold accessories at events. At least he'd be easy to spot. At southern events, just look for the Yankee getting a whoopin'.
Actually, Peder brings enthusiasm and several Jeeps to the Jp dissecting table. A 300,000-plus-mile YJ is his unreliable daily driver; his V-8-powered M715 might be more reliable and may accidentally become his daily driver. He also has a CJ-5 that appears to be vandalized with modifications ranging from the Lincoln-locked AMC 20 rear axle to the sewer-pipe snorkel. While no match for Christian's personal junkyard of 10 vehicles (four of which are not road-worthy or even running properly), Peder's well on his way to bringing down property values in his new zip code.
With 10 issues and the addition of a third staffer, we'll be able to cover even more events, feature even more Jeeps, and show even more cool swaps and modifications for Jeeps. And don't be shy, if there is an event you think we should be at, a swap or mod you think would be cool, or even if you simply have a cruel and unusual hazing idea for Peder, drop us a line at Jp Magazine, Good Idea/Torture Peder, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Also up for 2005, I may have found a way to infiltrate sister mag Four Wheeler's Top Truck Challenge. Look for the olive drab '73 Hot Dog J-truck with Rockwell axles and 49-inch tires on the entry form in the April '05 issue of Four Wheeler. Vote in the J-2000 and I promise to cheat, bite, and pull hair.- John Cappa