The Jeep Farm, LLC was established in 2010 as a part time hobby gone into obsession. Growing up in and around Jeeps was in my blood early on. My mother said I came out of the womb making motor noises and always had a Matchbox car in my hand. My status as a total ‘Jeep Head’ was locked in when my father brought home a new 1979 Russet Red CJ-7 “Levi Edition” Renegade. I still own this Jeep today. Growing up four wheeling and cruising around in this Jeep seemed to mold my personality. I have been told my smell is of Old Spice and Old Jeep! My first car at 16 was a 1951 Willys wagon. My father agreed to double whatever money I saved from mowing grass. With $800.00, we purchased this crusty old wagon. It had a bullet hole in the windshield, a worn out 304, auto, front and rear Dana 44’s and the, much hated by my neighbors, headers and side pipes! Ah the sound and smell! Every Jeep I drive with side pipes brings back memories of flooded carbs, stinky N.C. mud baking on those headers, and that sound!
Buying my first CJ at 17 began a life of personally owning over 40 Jeeps and 20 classic cars of one form or another. After receiving a BA in Graphic Design from St. Andrews University in North Carolina in 1996, I moved into a career in Graphic Design. After a brief stint in this career, I moved into construction material sales and management. There were many years of outside sales and traveling such that ultimately my career may have changed but hobby and passion never changed, only grew. I could never fulfill my thirst for the “next” Jeep.
The Jeep Farm started on its own, organically. There really was no plan or even a thought of this turning into a career. It all started because I would buy a Jeep, build it the way I wanted, and then get “starry eyed” for the next Jeep. My lovely wife would tolerate my madness and the constant Craigslist ads in her face and very calmly say, “you can’t keep them all” so I would sell it and I would go buy the next one, doing it all over again. That is really how it all started. I loved the people I would meet and loved the satisfaction from bringing each Jeep back to life. Every Jeep, shiny or crusty, has its own personality. It needed to be saved from extinction, put back on the road, they needed LIFE! I really want them all, I love driving Jeeps, building Jeeps, talking Jeeps, and looking at Jeeps. I am extremely lucky to be able to do what I love for a living. I love the people I meet and I love finishing a Jeep and handing the keys of it to its new owner, for them to enjoy and live the Jeep life.
The Jeep Farm is clearly at the intersection of passion and dreams, where Restoration Borders on Obsession.
Thank you all!
DREW NORMAN and The Jeep Farm staff.