One of ONLY FIVE In The World. 1978 Jeep CJ-7 A Rolling Piece Of History!
Jun 2021


In 1978, Mark A. Smith, known as the Grandfather of Jeeping, led a group of five CJ-7s on an epic, 21,500-mile journey across two continents, Expedicion de las Americas.

Rick Péwé joins Adventure Architects’ Chris Collard, this Jeep’s new owner, to discuss the history of this unique Jeep and pay tribute to the adventurous souls that tackled the Darien Gap. They also discuss Chris’ plans for an upcoming conservation project on this one-of-a-kind CJ-7. Stay tuned to Gone-GPN for this upcoming tech series.

There are two great books on the expedition, Driven by a Dream by Mark A. Smith ( and 31 Days in the Darien by Kevin Arnold ([email protected])

We also want to acknowledge and honor Loren and Patty Upton, intrepid
modern-day explorers who completed a solo crossing of the Darien Gap in
1986 in the Sand Ship Discovery, their Jeep CJ-5.

We extend a big thank you to Jeep Jamboree USA for allowing use of vintage videos, images, and music. We also thank great BFGoodrich, Warn, Rugged Ridge, Omix, Rancho Suspensions, Superlift, Bestop, Tuffy Security, and Hi-Lift for their support.