JEEP CHEROKEE (SJ): The new Cherokee was a sporty, twodoor version of the Wagoneer and featured bucket seats, a sports steering wheel, and racy detailing designed to appeal to younger, more adventurous drivers. In February 1974, it became the first vehicle to win Four Wheeler magazine’s Achievement Award that we know today as the Four Wheeler of the Year award. JEEP CJ-7: The seventh generation of the original vehicle and the first major change in Jeep design in 20 years. It had a slightly longer wheelbase than the CJ-5 to allow space for an automatic transmission and featured squared-off door openings vs. the CJ-5’S rounded door openings. In 1978, Mark Smith, widely known as the father of modern four-wheeling, took a group of 13 modern explorers from Tierra del Fuego, Chile to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in their CJ-7’S. The 21,000-mile trip took 122 days to complete and included a remarkable crossing through the Darien Gap, a stretch of hostile jungle that had only once before been crossed by the British military in 100 days with the loss of eight men. Smith and his men crossed the Darian Gap in 30 days and lost no one.