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September 2009 Mail Bag - Letters to the Editor

John Cappa | Writer
Posted September 1, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Top O' The Heap
When I bought the June '08 issue I flipped the pages expecting rides too expensive to pay attention to, rig mods that didn't fit my budget, and wheeling in places I can't get to with obstacles too tough for my rigs to tame. I was pleasantly surprised. "Hammer Down Wheeling" had a wide spread of rigs that I would see in my local club. "Doin' the Zombie Dance" and "Versus" actually apply to my demographic (the too cheap to do it right the first time demo), a YJ build that wasn't off the charts ("Off-Highway WHY-J"), an informative article on mileage and performance ("Project Mileage Master"), all topped off by a build ("Recycled"), that gets big results cheap. Thanks! A mag I can finally enjoy and use instead of drool on. You've been promoted to top of the stack on the tank of the throne!
Shawn Norton
Butte, MT

Mom Hates Us
I have to say, I am disappointed that you feel you have to make your magazine trashy. I have been a loyal customer for many years now. Being the wife and mother of Jeep lovers it has not been an issue ordering this magazine each and every year for my up and coming Jeepsters. I knew that your magazine didn't feel the need to have to drop to that level to keep customers. It can definitely be an issue having my younger magazine readers opening up some of those magazines to read an article only to find smut. If readers wanted to see bikini-clad chicks they would buy hot rod magazines. We want Jeeps! We are sorry for your change!
A Mom
Via e-mail

Flattie Fan
I spotted this pristine, previously-enjoyed example of a WWll-era flattie recently in the Palm Springs, California Air Museum. Once this Jeep is seen, all visitors will begin to understand our roots and our continuing interest with the Jeep. Not since the July '01 copy of Jp magazine showing the famous sculpted flattie have I had my interest refired. I search through every new copy of Jp magazine to see other early flatties pictured. Keep up the good work in showing photos and telling the stories about Jeep in all forms and all ages, to include Flatrods.
Rocky Johnson
Bothell, WA

Grumpy Guy
I am writing to you to let you know how much I don't appreciate the use of profanity and the disguised profanity that seems to be ever increasingly abundant in your magazine. This is neither cute nor good journalism. How does this garbage improve your magazine or relate to Jeep? I would like to continue to receive your magazine, but I will have to rethink this if it doesn't improve. Please grow up and clean up your act.
Clive, Iowa

I'm working on my third Jeep now. I've restored a '47 CJ-2A, had a '98 TJ as a daily driver for 3 years and now have a '67 CJ-5 I'm starting on. Even though I'm an old guy I don't find your juvenile humor anything to get too upset about. I like the tech articles, but my favorite is the stories where you go on road trips to pick up your sh!t Jeeps. I really like those tales. The fact that you truly seem to like working on things and not adding a bunch of useless accessories is cool too. Keep doing what you are doing and don't stop evolving.
Jimmy Ashley
Austin, Texas

More Fun Trails
Hey guys, I just read "Hammer-Down Wheeling" in the June '09 issue featuring the orange CJ-7 on the cover. I wanted to first thank you guys for not forgetting about our little east coast wheelin' areas, because for most of us, it's all we have.

I live about 20 minutes south of Wellsville and it's really the only place in Eastern Ohio that is open to public visitors that's worthy of a 2-3 hour drive. It attracts many Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York wheelers and is currently being threatened and up for partial closure due to a new fuel plant which is being developed on the river-front property. We're all hoping for the best, but it was cool to see our backyard on the cover of a large nationwide publication.

The shale ravine featured on the cover is an obstacle named Twister; also the yellow CJ on page 18 is also on this popular obstacle. It appears the Silver WJ is posing on the bottom of Slab Rock, which is a difficult obstacle in a small creek near Sturgis, the slick waterfall climb shown at the bottom of page 21.

Next time you guys visit the Ohio Valley, make sure you let me know ahead of time and I'll assemble a hardcore group on 1-tons & 40s to show you the fun trails at Wellsville you missed. Thanks for the press.
Marc Barilla
Steel Valley 4x4

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