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June 2018 JOTM Winner

Congratulations to Darla “Obsession” Ivie on winning the June 2018 JOTM contest!

Many are surprised to learn that I’m a fairly new Jeeper. Last July, I purchased a 2001 TJ (Ol’ Yeller) for my son, Ethan’s, first car. It is a stick shift so I spent a lot of time driving Ol’ Yeller and teaching Ethan to drive it. I instantly fell in love with this Jeep and the Jeeping community. It wasn’t long before I had decided that my next vehicle would also be a Jeep. And so the search began for me a Jeep… I spent many nights unwinding and scrolling through Auto Trader and looking at Jeeps. It was January of 2018, just another night of scrolling through Jeeps when I can across this unique, stand out, eye catching white zebra Jeep!! It was love at first sight. I had to go see her first thing that weekend. She was even better in person. It was the elusive Zebracon and I was able to barter and make a deal to bring her home. The only thing wrong was I just couldn’t feel the Zebracon name. It wasn’t my baby. It was a matter of days when her new name hit me, the name that she chose and that she named herself!! Obsession!!! She is and forever will be my obsession. She has created a passion and an addiction in me for Jeeps, and even more so once I started wheeling her hard core. Obsession and I are not your regular, run of the mill, pretty to look at, mall crawler. We are the hard core rock crawler and we rise to every challenge. Right now, she has more ability than I do, but she is patiently teaching me to rise to her bar. She has completely overtaken my life, my weekends, and my family!! We are OBSESSED with Jeeps and we owe it all to my Obsession! Stayed tuned!! I plan for there to be lots more Stories to be told about Obsession!!

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