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Dispatch - February 2015

Posted in News on December 30, 2014
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Jeep News & Rumors
The Grand Cherokee SRT might get the name Trackhawk? You know, like Trailhawk but for the racetrack?

P.S. The ’15 model SRT will see 5 more horses and 5 more lb-ft of torque.

Good use of social media: Help this enthusiast find his stolen WWII-replica Jeep, taken from a rally in the UK.

Industry News
Bridgestone has broken ground on the Biorubber Process Research Center in Arizona, which will focus on the use of Guayule plant as an alternative to rubber.

Meanwhile, Goodyear is using rice husk ash (as in burned rice husks) as an alterative source of silica for tires.

Air Lift Company has been in business for 65 years now. Air Lift is old enough to be your grandpa. Respect the air-suspension maker just as you would him.

Nitto Tire has more than 10 million fans. Come on, Jp readers. This clearly sounds like you’re slacking on the Jp Facebook page.

Will Home Depot add a DIY automotive department?

The new face of Omix-ADA is…R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny.” The spokesman should look familiar from Full Metal Jacket. And, he’s a Vietnam vet.

Auto Graphs
The Warren Truck Assembly Plant is getting redesigned in order to be capable of producing more Ram 1500s due to seriously high demand. Now it’ll be able to put out around 100 more a day, which translates to about 28,585 more trucks (who works weekends?) a year.

More truck news: The ’15 Ford F-450 is best in its class for towing capability—31,200 pounds.

And on that note, Ford has reached 5 million. As in, 5 million Super Dutys made.

Is a company called ComSonics developing a product that can help cops detect drivers who are texting?

Speaking of scary driving, Audi got the first driving permit for an autonomous vehicle in California.

The San Diego Unified School District now has in its fleet an MRAP. As a reminder, that stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, which is used by the Marines. School must be rough these days.

The new Batmobile. It’s coming.

Audi’s TDI technology is 25 years old.

Most expensive car insurance? said that would be the pleasure of drivers in Detroit, who pay 165 percent more than the national average. Cheapest titleholder is Charlotte, North Carolina.

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“They are almost like the male and female version of the same model.”
—Ian Fletcher, HIS Automotive analyst to Automotive News Europe about the Jeep Renegade and its semi-twin Fiat 500X

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“The damn thing works.”
—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne talking about the Jeep Renegade, a crossover in the sense of it being a collaborative vehicle displaying both U.S. and Italian engineering

2014 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame has inducted its noteworthy honorees for 2014. They are:

Del Albright: Thank him profusely for his efforts to keep public lands open.

David Ashley: He’s an off-road racer and a safety advocate.

Marty Fiolka: His passion for motorsports from a journalistic and PR point of view has kept its history alive.

Nye Frank: Best known as a vehicle builder and designer, he also put air shocks on Rob MacCachren’s SODA and CORR specimens.

Bill Sanders: He was one of the first editors at our sister publication, Four Wheeler. He helped make people care about motorsports.

How to Get in Jp Magazine
We want you in Jp Magazine! Here are ways to get in:

Jeep Chix: Simply put, this is about girls and Jeeps. Or Jeeps and girls. Either way, send us a photo of a girl or girls with a Jeep. Tell us who she is, what year/make/model of Jeep she’s with, and where the photo was taken. The more detail, the better.

Stuck/Rolled/Flopped/Oops Jeep: Did you roll? Did you get stuck? Is your Jeep four legs to heaven? Is it 4 feet deep in mud? Buried in the snow? If your Jeep had a gnarly or questionable moment, we want to see the evidence. Tell us what year/make/model your Jeep is, what went wrong, and where it took place. If there’s someone in the photo, tell us who it is. We want the story about what happened and how you made it un-happen. The more detail, the better.

Vintage Jeep: We dig new Jeeps, but we really dig vintage Jeeps, and photos from back in the day are what this is about. For example, maybe you had a family member serving in the military and have a neat photo of that person with a Jeep. Maybe your family road-trip vacation when you were a kid took place in a Jeep and you have the photo to prove it. Like it says, we’re essentially looking for vintage but not a vintage Jeep doing its thing today. We want old-timey. Don’t worry if the photo is grainy or black and white. That reeks of vintage. Tell us the year/make/model of Jeep, the year the photo was taken, who is in the photo, and the circumstances. The more detail, the better.

Have one of each? Don’t be shy—send them. We probably won’t run them all at the same time, but we like options.

In addition to the words, here are the photo requirements:

Maximum-quality JPEG, BMP, or TIFF file.

No less than 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (about 2 megapixels).

No PDFs or other formats. We just can’t use them in the magazine.

Email the materials to with the subject line: Sideways

Where the Jeeps Are
January 17-18, 2015: San Diego 4 Wheelers Super 17 Superstition Mountains, Imperial County, California/El Centro, California

Have an event in 2015?
Let us know! Remember, the magazine needs a couple months notice. Tell us about it so we can help put the word out. And be sure to follow these steps:
Name of event:
Date(s) of event:
City/State of event:
Venue for event:
Website for readers to learn more about your event:
Why your event is cool in five words or less:

Have a high-resolution photo from a previous event? Feel free to send it to us and we might just include it.

Send the info and photo to:
Make your subject line: Where the Jeeps Are

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