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.
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