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Can You Autocross a Jeep Grand Cherokee? (Video)

Silver WK Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Autocross

Yes… yes you can.  We actually decided to answer this question this past fall after a season of autocross totally lacking in high center-of-gravity, two-wheeled drama.

I invited a friend along to the final points event of the Chicago-area BMWCCA autocross season. The organizers resisted but we were eventually able to successfully register a WK (3rd gen) Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 citing its lower ride height and performance upgrades.  The club initially required an instructor ride-along given lingering concerns about stability but eventually relented and pretty soon everyone was looking to grab an available seat.

My friend and his Jeep actually did pretty well, placing mid-pack in the non-BMW class with much more nimble entrants ranging from Honda Civics to Porsche GT3s.  Most importantly, he kept the shiny side up.

Photo credit: Schettel, Windy City BMW

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Street Parked: Willys Jeep in Joshua Tree

Willys Jeep in Joshua Tree

Took a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park a few winters ago and came across this pristine Willys Jeep at the abandoned Desert Queen Ranch.  Should you decide to venture up to the ranch to check out this specimen I am almost certain it will still be there…

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