In 2006, Joe Coogan was named Benelli USA's brand marketing manager. That same year he helped Benelli develop a persuasive concept for a new TV show, "Benelli On Assignment" (BOA)—now in its fourth season, and premiering on Outdoor Channel in 2010. Coogan was also selected to host the new show, drawing on his background and experience as an outdoor journalist.
ジョークーガン。嘗てアメリカのアウトドアチャンネル Benelli on assignment のホストであり、アウトドアジャーナリストでもある。得意とする分野はハンティングとフィッシング。その彼は幼年期をサファリを中心としたアフリカで過ごした。彼の父が所有していたショートホィールの帆のランドローバーシリーズ２でガソリンと水を満載したトレーラーを牽引してサファリの奥地まで出かけて行った経験の記憶を秘めている。
Spring 2016 の Wheels Afield 誌では Safari Rides と題してクーガン氏のアフリカの少年時代の記憶の紹介がランドローバーシリーズ２と共に紹介されている。その記事の後半は Safari Work Rover or Cruiser？ という小題が付けられて、1950年代の後半から60年代にかけてアフリカ大陸を巡るランドローバーとランドクルーザーの市場の競争を巡る非常に興味深い解説が記してある。彼は父親が所有するランドローバーシリーズ２に乗り影響されながら育った。そして彼が大人になった時に彼が所有した４ｘ４はランドクルーザーＦＪ４５であった。そういった過去があるが故に、彼は当時のランドローバーとランドクルーザーという車に対して特別な感情を抱いている。
この６月のHemmings Motor News の記事によるとレーガン元アメリカ大統領がカリフォルニアのランチで実際に使用していた 1962年型のJeep CJ-6が National Register of Historic Vehicle (ＮＲＨＶ、合衆国の歴史的な車で国家によって永久保存される）に選ばれた。現在CJ－6はワシントンＤＣに運ばれ4月にはガラスケースに入れられて一般公開もされた。ＮＲＨＶに選ばれた車はタフト大統領の1909年の Model M に続いて2台目である。
Reagan’s CJ-6 one of two presidential vehicles going on the National Register of Historic Vehicles
Daniel Strohl on Mar 28th, 2016
Photo courtesy Ronald Reagan Library, Historic Vehicle Association.
It’s got dings and dents. It’s been rolled. It’s neither the first nor the last of its breed, has no particularly special equipment, and is one of thousands like it to roll off an assembly line. But the Historic Vehicle Association saw fit to choose President Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Jeep CJ-6 – even over the pristine CJ-8 that the president also owned – as one of a pair of presidential vehicles to go on the National Register of Historic Vehicles.
“It’s the one he loved the most,” said HVA President Mark Gessler. “He used it all the time; it was his ranch hand.”
Indeed, as Marilyn Fisher of the Reagan Ranch Center noted, the Jeep that Reagan bought new essentially defined Reagan the man, as opposed to Reagan the president. “He could’ve afforded an expensive vehicle, but this Jeep represented his freedom, the freedom he felt when he was on his ranch.”
In his lifetime, Reagan owned two California ranches. The first, Malibu Creek Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, he bought in 1951. To tend it, he eventually bought the extended-wheelbase CJ-6 (serial number 21156), originally painted green and fitted with the 134-cu.in. F-head four-cylinder, T90 three-speed manual, Spicer Model 18 transfer case, Dana 25/44 front/rear axles, and factory optional Ramsey 8,000-pound PTO winch. Though he sold the ranch in 1966, he kept the Jeep and moved it to his second ranch, the 688-acre Rancho del Cielo in the Santa Ynez Mountains.
The purchase of the second ranch, in 1974, came during a time of transition for Reagan. He was on his way out as governor, and to mark his time in office, members of the California National Guard repainted the CJ-6 for him in red with white pinstripes. However, according to Fisher, patches of green paint remain visible and the California National Guard left the original green seats as well as the various dents Reagan had inflicted on the Jeep.
According to Gessler, Nancy Reagan disliked the red Jeep and later bought the president a blue 1981 Jeep CJ-8 Golden Eagle. Yet the president insisted on driving the CJ-6 whenever he made it back to the ranch, including during an interview with Barbara Walters, who shared the First Lady’s feelings toward the red Jeep. “This is the scroungiest Jeep I’ve ever…” she told him during their interview. “I know we have an austerity program, but this is ridiculous.”
The Jeep remained with Reagan through his presidency, though as his health declined in the mid-1990s, Nancy Reagan decided to sell the ranch intact (“down to the toothpaste, china, and furniture,” Fisher said), minus the three vehicles on the ranch: the CJ-6, the CJ-8, and a 1978 Subaru Brat, all of which she gave away to friends. The organization to which Nancy Reagan sold the ranch, Young America’s Foundation, eventually tracked down and repurchased all three, though it didn’t have to go far for the CJ-6: Nancy Reagan had gifted it to Courtney Trisler, the ranch’s manager, and the Jeep had remained on the ranch the entire time.
According to Fisher, the CJ-6 remains in the exact condition the Reagans left it, though the foundation has drained its fluids and kept it in dry storage to preserve it.
“The fact that it’s now going to Washington is really amazing,” she said. “It’s never made a journey anywhere except just out of the vehicle bay.”
The Jeep’s journey to Washington, D.C., will take place as part of the HVA’s second Cars at the Capital event, which Gessler noted will take on a different format than its predecessor. Instead of featuring several cars in a tent on the National Mall over a weekend, the second Cars at the Capital will include just two vehicles: the Reagan CJ-6 and the 1909 White Model M 40-hp steamer that William Howard Taft ordered and that comprised one-third of the first presidential automobile fleet.