Glen­garry Jeep Club

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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...

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