From Jon Nelson, the winner of the 2017 Win-A-Jeep
What a blur this past weekend was. It started with the overwhelming response on Saturday to my first day showing Turtleback Trailer’s new Getaway Trail. Thank you so much for the 60+ conversations, interest, suggestions, and support. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better first day working for Turtleback Trailers.
Then there was the Jeep drawing Saturday night. I am humbled. One ticket in a barrel of 15k+ tickets and my ticket was drawn. I’m a first time Cal4Wheel event attendee. And the grand prize ticket had my name on it. Again, I am humbled.
I have ALWAYS wanted a Jeep! My wife and I have even taken extended Jeep test drives in the past, and there has always been the same problem. I am 6’7” and Jeeps are not made for people like me. My head hits the roll bar. It’s not a matter of lowering the seat as the legroom is already uncomfortable as well. Basically, I can’t drive a Jeep further than short distances, and this Jeep deserves to be more than a mall cruiser!
My wife and I want to honor all of the hard work and anticipation that goes into the Cal4Wheel Win-A-Jeep project each year. Steve Gardiner alone gives up 20+ of his weekends each year to trailer the Jeep to events where tickets are sold. Plus, Steve lines up and manages all of the sponsors and build-up work. Plus, Cal4Wheel shows the Jeep at SEMA in Las Vegas each year. And Steve is just the ringleader with many, many, many other volunteers at his side every step of the way.
And then there are the ticket buyers. Yes, everyone wants to win the Jeep. But each ticket buyer is also putting out their hard earned money to help the Cal4Wheel efforts all year long. Each ticket buyer deserves to be honored as well.
The Jeep is in Liz’s and my possession, but we can’t just garage this for occasional local drives. It deserves to be driven and maybe even badged with some trail markings (sorry Steve & team). So, this is what we are going to do:
My wife and I will start an eBay auction one week from today on March 1st at 5pm Pacific. The auction will run for 10 days. We will donate 1/3 of the winning auction amount back to Cal4Wheel. One third right off the top back to continue Cal4Wheel’s efforts. And, the winner gets to drive around a piece of history that will start many conversations and make many new friends!
P.S. – This is our private auction with our pledge to donate 1/3 of the wining bid amount back to Cal4Wheel. This is not a Cal4Wheel auction, so please don’t bug them with questions. Any question hit me up personally. And no, in the interest of fairness and the hope to bring the highest $ amount back to Cal4Wheel we will not sell the Jeep ahead of the auction or end the auction early.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for donating time and product to make this year's Win-A-Jeep built by PoisonSpyder happen! This 2016 4-door Jeep Wrangler and all of its upgrades could be yours for only $5.
ARB Fridge/Freezer - Jeff Price - Ticket #379296
Atlas Transfer Case - Chuck Weiner, New Jersey - Ticket #375288
BF Goodrich Tires - Mike Wallace, Dirt Devils 4WD Club