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!
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.
February 7 -18, 2013
Gordinier Group returned to the McCormick Place for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
CAS is one of the largest shows of the year, with the ultimate indoor driving courses of the season.
For 2013, Chrysler sponsored the Camp Jeep Off-Road Ride as well as the Chrysler City Drive.
The Camp Jeep track offered a body tilt, ground clearance log pile, boulder pile, log jam berm, articulation moguls and 18′ Jeep mountain – all in a natural setting with mulch, live trees and pines. If you closed your eyes on the track, you might think that you were on the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains!
January 24-27 2013
Gordinier Group pro drivers traveled to Aspen, Colorado to provide a shuttle service at the 17th Annual Winter X-Games, sponsored by Jeep.
Always a favorite in downtown Aspen, the Jeep shuttle service offers athletes, VIPs, and spectators complimentary rides to and from the X-Games venue during the event days. Not only can they get a lift from 5 different downtown locations, but guests are able to ride in a 2013 Grand Cherokee, Wrangler Unlimited, Compass or Patriot.
During their ride, guests are educated on the Jeep product and are able to play Jeep trivia.Great weather and great action – this event is a keeper!
January 9, 2013
Gordinier Group has been fortunate to have a great start to 2013!
The Camp Jeep auto show course continues to set the standard for indoor rides, both in terms of the experience and amount of exposure.
With a sharp eye on the logistics and a flexible staff of pro drivers, we have been able to knock out 6 Camp Jeep auto shows (along with Jeep X-Games, FiatRide DC, Chicago auto show, and Ram World Ag), all in the span of Jan 9 – Feb 18.
Here are a few images from recent Camp Jeep shows in:
1. San Jose
2. Salt Lake City
Look for more details when we catch our collective breath.
Here are a couple of recent videos:
Sergio takes Fox 13′s Big Budah through the Camp Jeep track at Utah International Auto Expo
November 22-25, 2012
Gordinier Group professional drivers traveled to the Phoenix Convention Center to work the 2012 Arizona International Auto Show, hosted by Motor Trend Autoshows, LLC.
And speaking of hungry, our friendly clients from Chrysler and the George P Johnson Company generously treated Gordinier Group drivers, Light Speed Management staff, and QEK vehicle technicians to a bountiful Thanskgiving feast. Cheers!
November 24-27, 2011
Camp Jeep was back at the Phoenix Arizona International Auto Show for the third year in a row this past Thanksgiving Day weekend. The Gordinier crew took passengers over the 22,000 square foot driving course that spanned the show floor.
YouTube fans are never shy when the track is present. Check out one enthusiast’s video HERE.
Also, don’t miss Arizona Foothills Magazine’s feature on Camp Jeep Phoenix.
October 28 – November 6, 2011
The Jeep Off-Roading Experience made its third appearance with the Gordinier Group this year at the South Florida International Auto Show. Check out how some of the Miami locals felt about their experience HERE.
It was there that the team was pleased to meet Chrysler Group’s new Jeep brand manager, Becky Blanchard. Not only did she take a ride in each of the vehicles including the Patriot, but she got behind the wheel to see for herself how easily the Jeeps manuever over the challenging obstacles.
In her brand presentation, she was excited to share how well Jeep has done in just the past year. Across the board for the brand, sales are up 46 percent. Miami itself experienced a 81 percent increase in sales since this time last year! You can see her presentation HERE.
The Gordinier Group is delighted to be part of such an exciting time for Jeep and to witness its growth firsthand. It really is a true testament to the brand. It’s a Jeep thing, and it’s obvious that Miami understands!