Guests of the 2017 New York International Auto Show Camp Jeep track were treated to a special treat this year, getting the opportunity to ride in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass before it was available to the public.
The new Compass has been redesigned from the ground up, to combine Jeep’s unsurpassed 4×4 capabilities, with outstanding on-road driving dynamics and fuel-efficient powertrains. The Camp Jeep track featured Trailhawk Compass models, featuring the 2.4L Tigershark engine, mated to Jeep’s 9-speed automatic transmission. The new Compass had no problem conquering the 35-degree climb on the 18′ Jeep Mountain (or any of the other extreme course obstacles for that matter).
The Compass Trailhawks were joined on track at NYIAS by the usual off-road dawgs – Wrangler Rubicon, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Cherokee Trailhawk, and Renegade Trailhawk.
As usual, the NYIAS show delivered, setting new attendance records at Camp Jeep.
Another great finale for the end of the 2017 winter auto show season.
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) 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, and everyone’s favorite, the acceleration/braking strip,
The 21st Annual Winter X-Games came back to Aspen, CO for 2017. More than 200 of the world’s best action sports athletes competed in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile events at Buttermilk Mountain for the premier Winter X-Games event.
Jeep offered event guests, athletes, and VIPs the opportunity experience the 2017 vehicle lineup while traveling from downtown Aspen to the mountain venue. 12 shuttle vehicles were used, consisting of a mix of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee vehicles.
Amidst the fabulous winter backdrop of Aspen and the buzz of Winter X-Games, the Jeep shuttle service was a huge success again in 2017!
Gordinier Group drivers were blessed with another heavy season of auto shows in 2016. As the competition continues to try to emulate the Camp Jeep and Ram Truck Territory models, we continue to set the bar higher each year with bigger and better courses, improved throughput and better in-vehicle experiences.
We would like to express our thankfulness and gratitude towards our partners and clients at The George P. Johnson Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for allowing us to represent the finest automobiles in the many opportunities listed below:
- San Diego Auto Show – San Diego, CA: 12/30/15 – 1/4/16
- Washington Auto Show – Washington DC: 1/20 – 2/1
- Houston Auto Show – Houston, TX: 1/26 – 2/1
- Philadelphia Auto Show – Philadelphia, PA: 1/28 – 2/8
- Chicago Auto Show – Chicago, IL: 2/9 – 2/22
- Cleveland Auto Show – Cleveland, OH: 2/25 – 3/7
- Twin Cities Auto Show – Minneapolis, MN: 3/11 – 3/21
- Dallas Auto Show – Dallas, TX: 3/15 – 3/21
- Denver Auto Show – Denver, CO: 3/15 – 3/21
- New York International Auto Show – New York, NY: 3/22 – 4/4
- South Florida Auto Show – Miami, FL: 9/9 – 9/19
- Orange County Auto Show – Anaheim, CA: 10/5 – 10/10
- Houston Auto Show – Houston, TX 1/26 – 2/1
- Cleveland Auto Show – Cleveland, OH: 2/25 – 3/7
- San Antonio Auto Show – San Antonio, TX: 11/8 – 11/14
- Fort Worth Auto Show – Fort Worth, TX: 11/30 – 12/5
- Chicago Auto Show – Chicago, IL: 2/9 – 2/22 (Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, SRT)
We look forward to an equally fruitful 2017!
April 20, 2016
The Project Rushmore Tour showcases new premium features within the HD touring bike lineup, including enhanced lighting, improved luggage system, engine mods and better braking. Read more about Rushmore here: Project Rushmore
The tour left our client’s (G7 Entertainment Marketing) facility and kicked off the first event in Leesburg, FL, Leesburg Bikefest, to a welcoming crowd of HD fanatics. Guests happily spent plenty of time on our event footprint, learning about the new motorcycles and interacting with display properties.
Along with our duties in setting up, training temporary staff and operating these events, GG also heads up special VIP rides at selected sites. These rides allow in-market guests to take a 120+ group ride on a new Rushmore bike in order to gain more familiarity with the machine. The VIP ride is a premium, guided experience that includes lunch and a local favorite restaurant, a pre-planned, scenic ride route and provides an opportunity for riders to switch bikes partway through. This has been a very valuable tool for HD, converting many potential buyers into sales.
Next stop is Laughlin, Nevada 4/26 – 5/1, where the Project Rushmore Tour will visit the Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally.
After Laughlin, look for HD Project Rushmore events at:
- Ohio Bike Week- Sandusky, OH: 5/25 – 6/5
- Laconia – Laconia, NH: 6/11 – 6/19
- Thunder in the Valley – Johnstown, PA: 6/23 – 6/27
- Gettysburg Bike Week – Gettysburg, PA: 7/5 – 7/11
- Muskegon Bike Time – Muskegon, MI: 7/1 – 7/17
- Sturgis – Sturgis, SD: 8/4 – 8/14
- Milwaukee Rally – Milwaukee, WI: 8/30 – 9/6
- Tomahawk Open House – Tomahawk, WI: 9/14 – 9/18
- Bikes Blues & BBQ – Fayetteville, AR: 9/19 – 9/25
- BiketoberFest - Daytona Beach, FL: 10/11 – 10/17
- Lonestar Rally – Galveston, TX: 11/1 – 11/7
- Long Beach IMS – Long Beach, CA: 11/17 – 11/21
- LA Auto Show – Los Angeles, CA: 11/14 – 11/29
The Great Lakes Boy Scout Rendezvous took place in Willow Metropark, located south of Detroit Metro Airport in New Boston, MI . More than 8,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families spent the weekend inside the park, camping and participating in the many outdoor activities hosted at the event.
Jeep offered event guests the opportunity to experience the 2016 vehicle lineup while riding through the picturesque park on an exciting off-road trail. Eight vehicles were used, consisting of a mix of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Renegade. Consumer data was collected on tablets and rides were given by Gordinier Group trained off-road drivers, who provided product information and tips for safe, land-conscious off-road driving.
The off-road trail featured tight, wooded trails with several challenging ascents, descents, and off-camber turns.
All in all, this was a great event, where many lasting impressions were made.
July 13- September 10 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!
In 2016, Ram did just that. By bringing the Ram Truck Territory Ride & Drive to the 5 biggest agriculture shows (and letting them drive and ride in the trucks), Ram delivered many important impressions on buyers. This year’s ag show list included:
- World Agriculture Expo – Tulare, CA: 2/8 – 2/12/16
- Wisconsin Farm Technology Days – Zenda, WI: 7/18 – 7/22/16
- Farm Progress Show – Boone, IA: 8/28 – 9/2/16
- Husker Harvest Days – Grand Island, NE: 9/12 – 9/16/16
- Sunbelt Ag Expo – Moultrie, GA: 10/17- 10/21/16
Luckily, the ag events weren’t plagued with rain this year as they were in 2015. In fact, of all of the event days in this year’s tour, only part of one day was lost to foul weather conditions.
The new format for these events has Gordinier Group drivers piloting the trucks on the interior, off-road track. GG drivers tackle the precision driving on the off-road obstacles while delivering information – specs, features, and why buys – to the passenger guests.
Meanwhile, 3 tow vehicles circle the perimeter of the space, giving guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a tow rig to experience Ram’s best in class towing prowess. Guests chose between a 3500 dually with a gooseneck trailer (loaded with Case farm equipment), a 2500 pulling a horse trailer full of hay, or a 1500 with trailer loaded with a side-by-side or personal watercraft. In this situation, GG drivers ride shotgun, giving towing tips and product details.
Together, these two tracks give guests a nice picture of what the trucks are capable of doing in practical situations.
May 11-15 2016
When Gordinier Group was asked to be a part of the first annual Jeepin’ Beach Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, it was a no-brainer.
JBJ promoters and founders Mark Hess and Matt McKenzie of JBJ Productions reached out to GG looking for an event partner to design, build and operate an off-road course adjacent to the event site, to be used by Jeep guests in their own vehicles during the event.
With the obvious challenge of creating challenging obstacles in sandy soil – both for stock Jeeps and heavily modified Jeeps – GG took on the task.
We trucked in topsoil, logs, and rock and went to work, creatively using the vast space that we were given to build a unique course that had something for everyone (including a new Renegade owner who was able to navigate parts of the course that Wranglers needed to be winched from).
The inaugural event drew over 1,000 Jeeps – a great turnout for a first-time gig. We hope to be back in 2017 to build on the success of this unique and growing event!
Here is a description of the event and activities that appeared in Four Wheeler magazine.
Overhead pics courtesy of Sky Pro Imaging.
April 1-3, 2016
Ram Trucks once again rolled out the red carpet for guests of the Academy of Country Music Awards Party for a Cause participants.
As a warm up for the ACM Awards, PFAC has turned into it’s own premier, 3-day event and Ram was the gold sponsor for 2016. PFAC boasted performances by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice and other top acts. What’s more, the event raised over $500,000 for various charities.
For Gordinier Group, this event is an opportunity for our drivers to give exposure to the full lineup of Ram trucks – from the 2016 1500 Laramie Limited, to the 2016 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn. The 5.7L Hemi, 6.4L Hemi. 3.0L EcoDiesel and 6.7L Cummins Diesel were all represented in our fleet of test ride trucks. We even had a 2017 Power Wagon on display.
GG drivers drove guests on an exciting, closed-course off-road track featuring obstacles such as berms, moguls, culverts, logs and a mobile mountain. During the experience, drivers described best-in-class features and benefits, as well as giving an overview of what is dynamically happening with the vehicle as it conquers each obstacle. With the thousands of people attending PFAC, this was a great way for Ram to engage with one of their most desirable marketing demographics.
2016 was a great year for FCA at the Chicago Auto Show. Both the crowd favorite Camp Jeep track and the City Drive, a showcase of FCA’s Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat brands, were in full force at the show.
Both 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. The 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.
Camp Jeep -
The Camp Jeep track is always a big hit in Chicago. This is no surprise, given the infusion of massive amounts of organic material (dirt, boulders, mulch) 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 2016 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, vehicle info center, and everyone’s favorite, the acceleration/braking strip.
1/27/16 – 2/1/16
Located 160 miles southwest of Denver, the 20th Annual Winter X-Games took place in Aspen, CO. More than 200 of the world’s best action sports athletes competed in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile events at Buttermilk Mountain for the premier Winter X-Games event.
Jeep offered event guests, athletes, and VIPs the opportunity to experience the 2016 vehicle lineup while traveling from downtown Aspen to the mountain venue. 12 shuttle vehicles were used, consisting of a mix of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Renegade vehicles. Consumer data was collected by Gordinier Group trained drivers, who provided product information during the ride.
The free shuttle service is always a hit in Aspen, particularly on the weekend, after attendees recognize the wrapped vehicles swarming around town.
Amidst the fabulous winter backdrop of Aspen and the buzz of Winter X-Games, the Jeep shuttle service was a huge success again in 2016!