Driving R. Lee Ermey’s Kilroy Jeep Wrangler JK Back from the SEMA Show
We asked the Gunny for the keys to his Jeep and instead of PT-ing us, he handed them over!
The SEMA Show can be overwhelming at times. From trying to cover all the latest and greatest in the Off-Road industry to the coolest builds in and around the show, we see a whole lot of vehicles that we’d love to get behind the wheel of but for the most part, we have to settle for riding the monorail back to our rooms without holding on to get little more than a mild adrenaline rush.
Lucky for us we ended up at the Omix-ADA booth after the show for a few drinks and got to check out some of the coolest collection of vintage Jeeps as well as some modern Jeep Wrangler JK’s outfitted to the gills with plenty of gear to get them through almost any trail imaginable.
One such Jeep that struck a chord with us was R. Lee Ermey’s Kilroy Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon which was actually built last year on the SEMA Show floor to honor the 70th anniversary of D-day. The Jeep is named “Kilroy” after the popular WWII cartoon character, and is a tribute to the legendary Jeeps that aided G.I.’s throughout the war effort.
R. Lee. Ermey is best known for playing the role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket and if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly why he was hired to play the role. We casually asked the Gunny what the possibility of us driving the awesome Kilroy Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon was and much to our surprise, he didn’t PT us or make us choke ourselves on his hand. He actually handed us the keys on the condition we drive it back from the 2014 SEMA Show and bring it back in one piece.
Needless to say, we were as ecstatic as a kid on Christmas morning. After spending some time behind the wheel of the Gunny’s Kilroy Jeep, it’s pretty obvious that if we needed a modern day flat fender Jeep like the faithful ones used during WWII, there’s no doubt in our mind that the Kilroy Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon would be the perfect all purpose lightweight vehicle that could get troops where they need to go without worrying about getting stranded off-road.
The looks of the Kilroy Jeep Wrangler JK are the perfect amount of toughness and utility in a modern day package and it’s definitely a head turner. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and we had to bid the Kilroy Jeep farewell as it’s now on its way back to the Gunny. We’re just glad that Kilroy wasn’t the only one that got to ride in the Gunny’s Jeep.