Glengarry Jeep Club
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
News Staff For close to a decade, the Glengarry Jeep Club has provided local 4x4 enthusiasts a chance to meet and swap stories, as well as parts for their vehicles.
“I started the club because of the Jeep wave,” founder Christine Dorothy explains on the group’s Facebook page. “I thought it was really cool that Jeepers waved to each other and the idea was born to get them all together, and what better way than to form a club.”
Ms. Dorothy adds that the Glengarry Jeep Club began with “about five members” and has grown to more than 200.
A number of communities across Ontario have Jeep clubs, including Ottawa, Windsor/Essex, London, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
There is also the Nepean-based Eastern Ontario Trail Blazers 4x4 Club Inc.
Today’s Jeeps are the descendants of the extremely durable and versatile off-road ‘beasts of burden’ first used by the Allies during the Second World War.
Pullitzer Prize-winning American journalist and war correspondent Ernie Pyle was apparently a huge fan of Jeeps. “Good Lord,” he reportedly stated in 1943. “I don’t think we could continue the war without the Jeep. It does everything. It goes everywhere. It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat.”
As for the vehicle’s unique moniker, there are a number of theories as to how it came into being.
Among the more popular: that the word “Jeep” is a derivative of the initials “GP,” which stand for “general purpose” vehicle; or that it was taken from the name of cartoonist E.C. Segar’s magical teleporting dog-like character, Eugene the Jeep – a companion he created for Popeye in the mid1930s.
EASY RIDER: When the warm weather arrives, and most of the road salt has been washed away, it is time to take to the open road for motorcycling enthusiasts.
For bikers, a motorcycle is more than just a mode of transportation. To them it signifies power, freedom and style.
In Ontario, to drive a motorcycle, you will need an M Class licence. The type of licence you get will depend on the type of motorcycle you want to drive. The most common full-speed motorcycle will require M1 and M2 types, while mopeds and limited-speed vehicles will require M with condition L.
To apply for a motorcycle licence in Ontario, you need to be at least 16 years old, pass an eye test and pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs. Once you pass these tests, you get an M1 licence. You are considered a beginner rider and need to practice riding and gain experience over time.
To apply and take the required tests, visit a DriveTest centre.
You will need to bring original identification that shows your legal name, date of birth and your signature.