Attendees listened to a presentation of the lineup and were able to ride along in the vehicles with Gordinier Group drivers. This was a special opportunity – not only was the Camp Jeep mobile off-road course on site (stocked with new Jeep Compass), but there was also a street drive featuring rides in Dodge Hellcat Charger/Challenger, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the rest of the FCA lineup. It’s not every day that event guests get to take a ride in vehicles boasting 707 horsepower (and 200+ mph top speed)!
Gordinier Group Product Specialists were also on tap to socialize the new Pacifica minivan and PHEV hybrid.
All in all, this was a fun event for both fleet guests and GG drivers alike.
* Images courtesy of FCA Media
2017 was a monumental year for FCA experiential marketing at the Chicago Auto Show! Not only did the automaker roll out a gigantic new build for Ram called the Ram Truck Territory (built by partner George P. Johnson Co.), but it also offered guests the ultra-popular Camp Jeep track and the City Drive, a showcase of FCA’s Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat brands.
All 3 of these tracks gave guests the opportunity to ride in the newest vehicles offered by FCA, with Gordinier Group drivers behind the wheel. Tasked with delivering detailed information about each vehicle while piloting guests up over and through technical obstacles, the GG drivers made countless positive impressions on CAS guests. All 3 tracks operated at full capacity, bell-to-bell, for 10 days, setting a new record for registered guests at an auto show ride and drive.
Below, you will see a brief time-lapse video from a static location on each of the 3 tracks:
Ram Truck Territory-
This track consisted of specific turn-offs for each model Ram truck: a load-leveling demo for 1500, torque-wall pull for 2500 and max weight towing demo for 3500.
Camp Jeep -
The Camp Jeep track is always a crowd favorite in Chicago. THis is no surprise, given the infusion of massive amounts of organic material (dirt, boulders, mulch) infused alongside the mobile properties that make Camp Jeep a thrilling ride that shows off the brand’s off-road prowess. The track features an 18-foot tall, pass-through mountain, staircase, Trail Rated pass, side-hill traverse, breakover and several other challenging obstacles.
City Drive -
The 2017 CAS City Drive track gave customers the chance to experience a ride in 2017 FCA vehicles such as: Chrysler 300 and Pacifica, Dodge Charger and Challenger, or Fiat 500 and Spider 124. The track featured an ambient sound zone, Pacifica walkaround lab, vehicle info center, ad everyone’s favorite, the acceleration/braking strip,
July – August 2016
In an effort to improve morale and productivity at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, MI , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and UAW started a program to give employees a different perspective about the Jeep Brand. By inviting all plant employees to the FCA World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA).
All plant employees were invited to the FCA World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA), to spend the day partaking in team building activities. After spending time in a classroom setting, JNAP guests were brought outside and given the opportunity to drive the Jeep vehicles that they spend their days assembling.
The driving portion was divided into 3 groups – an on-road drive, a full lineup Jeep Trail-Rated off-road drive, and an extreme Jeep Rubicon off-road ride.
The off-road tracks were built by Gordinier Group/Dirt Designs and featured challenging obstacles for the Trial Rated track and downright severe features on the Rubicon track, which actually pushed the limits of the Rubicon Wrangler’s capability.
This program ran for 6 days/week and we were able to give all plant employees an opportunity to learn more about the vehicles that they build, not to mention learning a bit about proper off-road driving (from Gordinier Group drivers), and having a lot of fun and thrills along the way!
While 2016 is still down the road a bit, the Orange County International Auto Show Camp Jeep is our unofficial kick off to the 2016 auto show season.
There were some concerns with our location in Anaheim this year (we were behind the hall instead of inside), but the Anaheim crowds were good to us once again, as Camp Jeep once again eclipsed the previous years’ metrics.
After OCIAS, the team will head south to the Miami International Auto Show. The ‘pre-season’ then closes out at Orlando, FL at the Central Florida International Auto Show, followed by the 2016 season opener – the San Diego International Auto Show.
Orange County International Auto Show – October 15-18
Miami International Auto Show – November 6-15
Central Florida International Auto Show – November 25-30
San Diego International Auto Show -December 31 – January 3
February 12 – 22, 2015
In terms of indoor tracks, the Chicago Auto Show Camp Jeep and City Drive are the Superbowl of consumer test drive events. It is safe to say that this event has no peers when it comes to throughput , and the 2015 edition did not disappoint. Both tracks consistently maintained a 45-90 minute line from open until close each day of the show, proving that FCA is producing excellent product that people want to experience.
Camp Jeep -
This is our favorite indoor course every year. By using organic materials in conjunction with GPJ-designed modular steel obstacles, we create the atmosphere and feel of an outdoor setting, complete with live pine trees, dirt, mulch, logs and boulders. This course really gives consumers a chance to share a true off-road driving experience with us as they learn about the vehicle and it’s capabilities from our pro drivers. As an added bonus, we were thrilled to debut the 2015 Renegade Trailhawk, giving the public first crack at riding in this exciting new B-segment SUV from Jeep. As predicted, the vehicle was met with enthusiasm as it handled the course with aplomb. Both competitive vehicle owners and Jeep fanatics walked away from our course with smiles on their faces. Represented at Camp Jeep was the full Jeep lineup, including Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Wrangler, Renegade, Patriot and Compass.
Here is a quick video produced by FCA’s social media team:
City Drive – In 2015, the SRT brand returned to the City Drive to the delight of the Chicago guests. The SRT Charger (and Challenger with Scat Pack), could be heard from anywhere in the McCormick Place when it hammered down the acceleration lane. Also represented on the City Drive track were the 2015 Doge Dart, Chrysler 300, 200, T&C, as well as the Fiat Abarth, 500L, and 500.
And here is a video of the City Drive (City Drive content starts at 4:19)
While the full 2015 Camp Jeep Auto Show officially kicks off at the San Diego Auto Show on New Year’s Day, the unofficial season has already begun, with big shows in Anaheim, Miami and Orlando.
If the attendance at the Camp Jeep track at these shows is indicative of what is to come in January, we will be very busy this season.
Each of those stops (Orange County 10/3-5/14, Miami 11/7-16/14, Orlando 11/27-30/14) tallied record crowds this year and guests were as excited as ever about the current Jeep lineup. We are also beginning to hear a lot of questions and anticipation about the new Renegade, which is a very positive sign for the brand.
We are looking forward to continuing this momentum into 2015 and expect for Camp Jeep to continue to set the bar for automotive experiential events!
July 19-28, 2014
Colorado State Fair
August 23 – September 2, 2014
Oklahoma State Fair
Oklahoma City, OK
September 11-21, 2014
The Ram Rodeo Test ride Series provides excellent exposure for the brand. Unlike the farm show circuit, these fairs are 10-12 days long and feature top country music acts, pro rodeo and bull riding events, carnivals, and other attractions that help to bring scads of people through the gates.
At these shows Gordinier Group/Dirt Designs has the opportunity to design and build organic off-road courses that feature, logs, rock piles, axle articulation rollers, dirt mountains, and as many other obstacles that we can pack into our footprint. While the simulated off-road courses provide an excellent medium to provide a consistent experience, we always jump at the chance to get on the heavy equipment and move some dirt around.
All 3 fairs brought us great weather and provided us a truly enormous amount of people to show off the 2014 Ram 1500 to. We really racked up the rides at these shows and were able to make a ton of positive impressions. This is easy to do when you are you are promoting the Motor Trend “Truck of the Year”, winner (for the last 2 years, thank you very much).
Wisconsin Farm Tech Days
Steven’s Point, WI
August 12-14, 2014
August 26-28, 2014
September 9-11, 2014
In the outdoor event world, when dealing with Mother Nature, you win some and you lose some. With 3 major farm shows on the schedule this summer, Gordinier Group pro drivers had to battle with some serious rain and storms to bring Ram trucks to the masses.
The farm show circuit began with Wisconsin Farm Tech Days, which featured excellent weather and mobs of Ram test riders. The simulated off-road properties and 2014 Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks were a huge hit with consumers who lined up to participate in our experience. Our job of showing off the features of these amazing trucks gets easier each year as they continue to get better and better – no convincing needed, thank you.
From Wisconsin, we moved on to Boone, Iowa, for Farm Progress Days. This is where the rain began. We arrived on the first show day to 6 inches of standing water on our track. Luckily, we brought some trucks to the entrance, put on our Product Specialist hats, and were still able to have a good number of positive guest interactions, despite being unable to drive. The rain continued throughout the show, causing an eventual morning cancellation on the last day.
When we finally dried off, the Gordinier Group crew made their way to Kearney, Nebraska for Husker Harvest. Once again we battled torrential downpours and weren’t able to drive. Back to our vehicle walk-arounds and Product Specialist duties. Not a bad gig, but our team are drivers and really like to be behind the wheel where we can demonstrate the features that we are explaining.
The weather didn’t cooperate this year, but our guys and gals are scrappy and still managed to get in front of a lot of Ram and potential Ram owners.
The farm shows provide an audience that is the perfect demographic for the brand and even with the wet weather, still an excellent series.
Gordinier Group drivers were happy to get back into the new 2014 Ram 1500 and 2500 models and show them off to guests on the GG-built off-road course.
Drivers were equipped with Laramie and Laramie Longhorn trucks, so there was no shortage of features to brag to rodeo guests about. The 3/4 ton trucks sported Ram’s new 6.4L Hemi, which proved to be incredibly smooth and powerful on the track. The 1/2 ton trucks were powered by the proven Chrysler 5.7L Hemi, paired with the heralded 8-speed automatic TorqueFlight transmission.
With summer heating up, we look forward bringing great in-vehicle experiences to rodeo guests at the Colorado State Fair, Oklahoma State Fair, and hopefully others.
April 15 – 27th, 2014
The 2014 New York International Auto Show has come and gone, and with it, another incredibly successful Camp Jeep Auto Show season!
2014 marked the 10th anniversary of Camp Jeep at NYIAS, and as the program, track, and staff has evolved, we have drawn bigger crowds each year.
Although there are a handful of Camp Jeep auto shows that happen throughout the summer and fall, NYIAS is the unofficial end to the 2014 auto show season. We are very proud of our drivers and thankful to our clients George P. Johnson and the Chrysler LLC for trusting in our work.
In other NYIAS news, Jeep proudly announced their new B-segment SUV to the lineup, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. The Renegade will truly be a global vehicle, as Jeep is moving quickly into other parts of the world.
Some notable facts about the Renegade:
- In the US, there are (2) 4 cylinder engine options – 2.4L Tiger Shark w/ 9-speed auto trans and a 1.4L MultiAir turbo with a 6-speed manual transmission
- The Renegade is rumored to start at under $20,000
- All Renegade models will achieve north of 30 mpg
- There is a Trail-Rated Renegade Trailhawk, with extra ground clearance, aggressive tires, skid plates, and a full-time transfer case with Jeep Active Drive Low gearing (20:1 crawl ratio)
We definitely like the body styling and the available removable roof. While the hardcore, Wrangler wheelers will find things to criticize about the Renegade, the fact that there is a Trail-Rated Trailhawk version shows that Jeep is staying true to it’s roots. This vehicle will be a great seller for the brand (not to mention helping them to meet CAFE standards).
We are excited to put one through the paces and get a handle on its capabilities.
April 3-5, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Gordinier Group Pro Drivers were excited to be back to he ACM event for the third consecutive year.
As luck would have it, the grand opening of the High Roller (world’s largest ferris wheel), coincided with the opening of our event.
As everyone knows, country music and Ram trucks go well together, and this event was no exception. Armed with a fleet of 2014
Ram 1500 trucks, we gave simulated off-road rides to enthusiastic guests, Ram fans, and several ACM artists, including Randy Houser, Easton Corbin and Parmalee. Mr. Corbin and Mr. Houser both spent time at the track signing autographs as well.
Another great exposure for the Ram brand and another opportunity to show consumers why the Ram 1500 won Motor Trend ‘Truck of the Year’ again in 2014!
Click here to read what Truckin’ Magazine had to say about the event.
Houston Auto Show 1/22 – 1/26/14
Washington DC Auto Show 1/23 – 2/2/14
Chicago Auto Show 2/6 – 2/17/14
Philadelphia Auto Show 2/8 – 2/16/14
Milwaukee Auto Show 2/22 – 3/2/14
Cleveland Auto Show 3/1 – 3/9/14
Twin Cities Auto Show 3/8 – 3/16/14
Atlanta Auto Show 3/26 – 3/30/14
Denver Auto Show 4/9 – 4/13/14
New York Auto Show 4/15 – 4/27/14
The first two quarters of 2014 brought a flurry of Camp Jeep auto shows for Gordinier Group pro drivers.
The Camp Jeep experience continues to evolve, both with new product on the track (2014 Cherokee Trailhawk), and an exciting new GPJ track element (Trail Rated Pass). This industry-leading experiential marketing program continues to exceed metrics goals at each stop, with consumers lining up to ride along with GG pro drivers.
It has been a record-breaking year so far, and we are looking to ride that momentum into the next wave of Camp Jeep shows.