November 2006 Mailbag - Jp Letters to the EditorPosted in Project Vehicles on November 10, 2006 Comment (0)
All I have to say is that it's very sad to see that you guys have chosen to become a car/porn magazine. I'm praying for you.JCWVia e-mail
While you're at it could you see about getting us a raise or maybe at least a holiday party?
Sex and humor together? How dare you guys. Yup, I'm being sarcastic. Like I've said before, I like your attitude. Your taste in condiments, now that's another story (Trail Head, August '06). Keep up the good work. The goody-two-shoes can read Four Wheeler reviews of $40,000 SUVs and wait for the rapture. You do know someone will write you that drinking mustard is not something a good role model would do in front of their children. Uh oh, lost another prude.
I've had a '97 Cherokee two-by, then an '02 Grand Cherokee two-by. Now we have an '05 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with the Track 1 system. I'm not sure what that basic 4x4 is capable of doing off-road or if it's just an all-wheel drive for on-road driving. Any info would help. I just subscribed to Jp, and I love it.Ronnie LongoriaVia e-mail
The '05 Grand 4x4 system you are probably referring to is the Quadra-Trac I system. It's an all-wheel-drive system designed to provide a 48/52 percent (front/rear) or nearly even distribution of engine power. It features the NV140 single-speed transfer case (no low range). It's a step up from the two-wheel-drive models you've owned previously. The Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) on your Jeep uses brake pressure to provide even more traction over slippery surfaces. For on-road and very mild off-road use, the Quadra-Trac I system is fine. For more rigorous or frequent off-road use I would recommend the Quadra-Trac II or, even better, the Quadra-Drive II system. For more basic off-roading information, get a copy of Mark A. Smith's Guide to Safe, Common Sense Off-Road Driving by calling 530/333-4777 or by going to www.jeepjamboreeusa.com/gear.htm. It's only $6.95 and worth every penny, even for veteran wheelers.
Every one of us likes eye candy, but Bree is eye vomit. She is hideous! How you can stand her medusa-like stare is beyond me. What about her possible mustache, billy-goat chin, horse face, stinky butt, over-inflated fun bags, stretch marks, mule toes, and not to mention she looks like she smells like onion crotch, ashtrays, campsite latrine, and smelly foot B.O. horribleness. It's just stomach-turning to think about. Find us an all-American girl for our all-American Jeeps!Stacey MaxwellVia e-mail
Hmmm, well maybe if the Germans can make us believe their Jeeps are American we can find American women in Germany. Or maybe Sweden since they too have blonde hair and blue eyes. Yay! Model search road trip to Sweden for the Jp staff!
I agree with all the other people who have e-mailed or written about your (formerly) great magazine turning into nothing but Playboy porn. We will never buy another subscription to your magazine again. My seven-year-old loves Jeeps and so does my husband, but the magazine is turning into a porn page-flipper! Get rid of Bree and get more Jeeps!LisaVia e-mail
I love your magazine. It's the only one I subscribe to. Do all of us loyal readers a favor and quit publishing the negative dorks. When you publish their letters, you are only rewarding them for being narrow-minded. If they can't handle one page of Bree, then they should never pick up a copy of Sport Compact (my son's favorite rag). I enjoy looking at Bree. What red-blooded heterosexual male wouldn't, in all honesty? Do I find the Q&A entertaining? Not really, but different strokes for different folks. From her answers, Bree sounds like a very intelligent young woman and would be welcome to bench race around our campfire anytime. Most Jeep owners I know are not morons and really like straight-forward, intelligent conversations, whether it be about politics or that bitchin' trail we ran yesterday. Do I want any changes? Heck no. Just treat us all with a little respect, and it will come back in spades. Thanks for a great product!Scott Wamsley Eugene, Oregon
I have to tell you, I was laughing my ass off when I read the July '06 Trail Head by John Cappa. I could hardly finish the last three paragraphs. This is a great story, and I hope you can reflect on it someday and find the same humor as I did. This is just what I needed. Thanks, and keep up the great work.Gene Bingaman, Jr. Merced, California
Oh, I think it's funny now. But the owner of said flatfender, Cole Quinnell, probably doesn't appreciate that I think his pride and joy is a pile. Even funnier is that he recently had to push it to its spot at a car show because it wouldn't run.
Dear Mr. Cappa,I am an ongoing college student who is interested in taking up journalism as a profession. One of my dream jobs would be an editor for a magazine in the automobile industry (preferably one in the Primedia group), especially Jp. I've been a mechanic for a few years, built a couple of amazing Jeeps, and a sick '66 Charger. How do I pursue this career or even get an intern job with your great staff?
As always, I appreciate your style of writing and the great articles your magazine provides. As an avid Moab wheeler, maybe I'll luck out and find an in. Until then, some information from you would be greatly appreciated. Sterling JewkesSalt Lake City, Utah
First off, Mr. Cappa is my Dad. I'm just John. Nice to hear from ya, and thanks for the comments. Secondly, anyone can work here. You don't have to have a college degree in English, journalism, or photography to work at Jp Magazine. But it helps. Enthusiasm and knowledge of Jeeps, in general, is far more important to me. Even a monkey can be trained to write and shoot photos - I'm living proof of it. But I can't teach you to have enthusiasm for the subject matter. You won't get paid a lot, you'll have to live in or near Los Angles, you'll never meet movie stars, and you'll probably never sign an autograph. But if it still sounds like the job for you then send in your resume to Jp Magazine, c/o I Want Your Job, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 and include a writing and photo sample in the form of a Jp-like feature write-up and photos of your own Jeep. We don't have any openings as of right now, but maybe if the people who wrote the letters above can find a way to get my head on a stake, things will change.
My Jeep knows trail time, but has really shined in the commuter task I put it to. It's a '98 TJ with Banks headers and a Lock-Right locker on 30-inch BFG tires. I drive 72 miles across New Jersey from Pennsylvania to New York City for work. One night last winter while going west on Interstate 80 after midnight, the road surface quickly turned to ice. I found myself traveling through or past several accidents. The first one involved my driving through a loose car bumper on the road that belonged to someone that had crashed and was on the shoulder. Five minutes later, the next obstacle in the roadway revealed several cars scattered on both sides of me, including a truck that had lost its cargo of 18-inch drainage pipes, one of which was lying across all three lanes. Considering the ice, I had no choice but to apply the NASCAR principle of accident avoidance, drive through it. With a spectacular bang of both axles coming off the drainage pipe, my trusty TJ stayed the course on the icy surface and traveled straight over. I mused the expressions of the onlookers by their stranded roadside wreckage as they witnessed tried and true technology pass them by. I continued the remaining 50 miles of that evening in four-wheel drive at 45 mph, passing several more accidents along the way with plenty of time to reflect how my TJ saved my life.Jeff Aiello Pennsylvania
I was just getting into some wonderful technical reading last night, when from the kitchen I hear a tinny hip-hop beat. My wife had just opened the September '06 edition of Cosmopolitan. The sound was coming from a Jeep Compass ad, which as the ad is opened, it produces a hip-hop tune. I'm writing to suggest to you that you steal the ad from a woman's Cosmo mag and proceed to torture other staffers with its awful sounds and horrible glossy fake Jeep looks. Eric HardyDayton, Ohio
Consider it done. Only we went one step further. While Associate Editor Pete Trasborg was away on vacation, we set up his computer to play it every 38 seconds when he's logged in.
Just a word of appreciation to John Cappa for the "Hillbilly Work Truck, Part 1" in the August '06 issue. I recently bought an '84 J-10 to use as a work truck for my project involving building a log cabin in the mountains of Virginia. I was amazed to see the title of the article, which, of course, was right on the money for me, and the picture of the J-20 is "too coincidental to be coincidental," as Yogi Berra would say. It is the same color as my J-10, including the rust highlights. All I have done so far is renew the brakes all around and put on some good mud tires. I plan to follow your installments and upgrade my old J-10 as much as I can. First, I need a carb replacement for the Carter carb, which is a real failure.
Anyway, I am sure many others appreciate this series on the Hillbilly Work Truck. The photos and explanations are fine. I am signing up for a subscription so that I can follow your installments. I appreciate that you have included information for those of us who have work trucks and want to make them useful, fun trucks for the trail and work projects.Ernest LeeJefferson City, Tennessee
Apparently we've scared off all of our pen pals. How come no one writes us anymore? We'd really like some friends. Tell us we suck. Tell us Christian Hazel should wear a wig you made from tennis-ball fur. Tell us to do an all-Bree bikini issue. Tell us anything; we're desperate for attention! Write to Jp Magazine, Be John's Pen Pal, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.