THE 1970’S

Sharp Magazine Middle East (English) - - Auto -

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.

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