David Tracy is a Jalopnik writer who spends a lot of his time wrenching on rusty, cheap Jeeps. His interest in off-roading came about after his dad, during a “Take Your Child To Work Day,” got his HMMWV stuck in a mud pit on an army base in Germany. When David and his family moved from Germany to Kansas, his dad bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, which was the car David and his brothers learned to drive on in high school. But they didn’t just drive, they off-roaded that ZJ in the flood plains of the Missouri River.
Hard. It was because of the HMMWV experience and especially because of how much fun it was to mud that ZJ that, at the age of about 14, David decided he wanted to work for Jeep. So he enrolled into a mechanical engineering program after high school, and ultimately scored a job after college as a lead cooling system engineer (the Systems Integration Responsible) for the next-generation Wrangler JL. Two years later, he gets to write cool stuff about cars for a living. Much of that cool stuff deals with old Jeeps.
David is our guest for episode 323, don’t miss it!Follow us on any of these social media outlets