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.
Another successful Ram summer ride and drive series has sadly come to an end. The 2015 rodeo and farm show tours saw the best weather and more importantly, the best crowds that we have experienced to date.
This year, both tours saw the addition of the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which was a great addition to the drive fleet! Guests were amazed by the torque, lack of typical diesel noise, and the amazing fuel economy (up to 29 mpg).
As the Ram Trucks brand continues to build momentum and win market share, we continue to see (and welcome) increased interest and participation in the ride and drive events.
Hats off to Ram on another great season!
Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, CO
Oklahoma State Fair – Oklahoma City, OK
Heart O’ Texas Fair – Waco TX
Farm Show Tour:
Wisconsin Farm Tech Days – Madison, WI
Farm Progress – Decatur, IL
Husker Harvest Days – Grand Island, NE
Sunbelt Expo – Moultrie, GA
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)
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.
June 15 – December 24
Gordinier Group was hired by a trusted partner and client, G7 Entertainment Marketing, to help with the operation of a 6-month national tour to promote the new Harley Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle.
With East and West Coast teams, the LiveWire tour will be blanketing the country, introducing Harley fans to this wild new bike.
Take a look at this article on theverge,com, from the last east coast tour stop in NYC: http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/24/5837642/riding-project-livewire-harley-davidson-first-electric-motorcycle
Below are a couple of pictures of Gordinier Group Road Manager, Sergio, helping event guests with the LiveWire. Pictures courtesy of TheVerge.com
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.
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.
Houston Auto Show 1/22 – 1/26/14
World Agriculture Expo 2/11 – 2/13/14
Dallas Auto Show 2/19 – 2/23/14
Cleveland Auto Show 3/1 – 3/1914
Rodeo Austin 3/1 – 3/16/14
After winning the Motor Trend “Truck of the Year” award for the second consecutive year (for the 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel), Ram trucks has upped the ante on their experiential marketing efforts. By adding additional indoor auto sh0ow tracks as well as adding outdoor shows, Ram is working hard to spread the news about how great their product is.
Gordinier Group is fortunate and proud to be on the front line of that push, as our drivers are the conduit between the brand and the consumers.
We are looking forward to our next Ram event next week at the American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Feb 6-14, 2014
Chrysler returned to prominence again this year at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. With the most space of any manufacturer (192,00 square feet!), Chrysler brought back the Camp Jeep and multi-brand City Drive (Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat) tracks.
Camp Jeep CAS was the debut of the new Trail Rated Pass course discipline. The TRP demonstrates both articulation and traction as the vehicle traverses the offset, rolling ramps. Along with the TRP, the Chicago course is always a guest and driver favorite, with a mix of organic elements and mechanical properties. The trees, dirt, mulch and boulders add to the outdoor feel – you can trick yourself into feeling like you are wheeling on the Rubicon trail.
On the course, was a mix of 2014 Grand Cherokee, Cherokee Trailhawk, and Wrangler Unlimited vehicles. Compass and Patriot made some trips around the track as well, proving that the whole lineup is more than capable off road.
The Chrysler City Drive returned to Chicago for 2014, showing off the Dodge Charger, Durango and Dart, the Fiat 500 and 500L, and the Chrysler 300, 200 and T&C. GG pro drivers demonstrated an acceleration and braking zone, an ambient sound station, a bumpy road, and a back up camera area.
With the astounding attendance at the Chicago show, we were able to treat tens of thousands of guests and media reps to an experience that is unmatched in this industry. Kudos to Chrysler for continuing to raise the bar on this event every year.
January 23-26, 2014
Located 160 miles southwest of Denver, the 18th 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 X-Games guests, athletes, and VIPs the opportunity experience the 2014 vehicle lineup while traveling from downtown Aspen to the mountain venue. 12 shuttle vehicles were used, consisting of a mix of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Cherokee vehicles. Gordinier Group trained drivers provided detailed product information during the ride.
Amidst the fabulous winter backdrop of Aspen and the buzz of Winter X-Games, the Jeep shuttle service was a huge success again in 2014!
The shuttle route consisted of pickup/drop off locations at Aspen Meadows, St. Regis, and Hotel Jerome. Guests were funneled from those locations to the VIP and general drop-off points at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.
The free shuttle service is always a hit in Aspen, particularly on the weekend, after attendees recognize the wrapped vehicles swarming around town.