We Are Jeep People!
The San Diego Jeep Club started as an idea back in September 2013, to bring together good people for great times! Sure there are plenty of off-roading groups around, but we wanted to bring something special to the Southern California area for Jeep owners and we wanted that experience to be fun and engaging for everyone.
Here at SDJC, we have knowledgeable trail leaders that will keep your adrenaline pumping while boosting your confidence on the trail when either behind the wheel of your Jeep or sitting shotgun with a map in your hands.
We specialize in Jeep excursions for both new Jeep owner's as well as established Jeep enthusiast's. So, if you have a great personal attitude and respect your fellow Jeeper's, you are certainly welcome to hangout with us.
We are a “Just For Fun" club. What does that mean? There is no monthly dues, no mandatory meetings and no fees to pay! We simply ask that your Jeep be in excellent working order, you have a CB radio when we hit the trails and that you have an excellent attitude when hanging out with your fellow Jeep People, that's all!
So, what are you waiting for? Does this sound like exactly what you have been looking for when you got your Jeep? Check out our Events page for upcoming activities. Follow along with our SDJC Project Build. Enjoy the Videos and Pictures of our excursions and if you are feeling adventurous, get in your Jeep and join us out on the trail!
San Diego Jeep Club Board
John "Man Solo" - President
Hello Fellow Jeep Enthusiasts,
I am the President and C0-founder of the San Diego Jeep Club.
My fascination with Jeeps and traversing backcountry trails began in 1987 while serving in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco, CA. I was attached to a unit which had a motor pool containing Jeeps. Often, I would drive a Jeep throughout the Marin Headlands in areas closed off to the general public as my unit conducted military exercises in that area. Since my first experience with a Jeep, I have logged thousands of miles on numerous trails throughout the world.
Over the years, I have been associated with many off road clubs throughout California. In 2014, I completed an “In-field 4WD Training” certification course. I received my 4WD field training from a Certified Master Trainer with the I4WDTA.
My trail knowledge & expertise are as follows:
As I look to the future, it is my goal to attain a certification as a full-fledged I4WDTA trainer. Currently, I am an assistant to an I4WDTA In-field Master Instructor.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about myself and what makes me capable of leading the San Diego Jeep Club on adventures into the backcountry of California and beyond. I hope to see you out there with us on the trail.
All the best,
Quinton "Sidious" - Board Member/Trail Master
I have been off-roading for 20+ years. I grew up in South Louisiana (the Cajun part) wheeling through mud, flooded rice fields, and old logging roads. I currently have a 2013 JK Unlimited Rubicon, “Sidious,” running 37s on about 4.5 inches of lift. Prior to lifting Sidious, I ran everything from easy Forest Service roads, to difficult trails such as Gold Mountain and Pancake Rock. After lifting my Jeep, I will take more difficult lines, and some harder trails. I have completed multi day expedition trails, short but difficult trails, and of course, the great trails of Moab. On our SDJC runs, you will typically find me up front as Trail Leader, as I would have pre run the trail prior to the event. I enjoy being out on the trails with friends, both new and old, learning new lines and techniques to be used on the next adventure.
Scot "Trail Hugger" - Vice President
I am the Vice President and C0-founder of the San Diego Jeep Club.
I am a retired Navy Chief who served our country honorably for 24 years, Currently, I work on-board the USS Midway Museum located in downtown San Diego. I am the ships Facilities Manager.
I have raised two boys who have become young men and are both now serving our country on active duty in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. I have been an off-road enthusiast for over 25 years. In all those years I have owned two Jeeps, I currently have a 2002 Jeep TJ of which I have modified for off road use.
My trail knowledge & expertise are:
My personal motto is to always give 100% (unless I am giving blood at a local blood drive.. LOL.) in whatever it is that I do and working with everyone here in the San Diego Jeep Club is an example of my commitment my doing exactly that.
Thanks for taking the time to read by personal Bio.
Love and mercy,
Jason "Chappy" - Board Member / Mechanics and Comms Advisor
Hometown: Westmorland, Ca.
Hobbies: Off-Roading, Jeeps, Guns, Camping
Military Service: USAF (Firefighter)
Current Jeep: 2011 JKUR, Body Armor bumper, Warn XD9000I winch, Synthetic line, XRC Rear Bumper W/carrier, OBA W/1Gal Tank, 10lb CO2, Metal cloak 3.5 lift, Synergy track bar, Synergy drag link flip-Tie Rod, Synergy control arms and Ball Joints, Synergy C-gusset and sleeves, Ruff Stuff Diff. covers, FOX shocks W\res, Barricade Flat Fenders, 35 12.50\17 BFG KO2, 4.88 G2 gears, Uniden 520XL CB, Yaesu FT-7900, Drilled\Slotted Brakes, TEN Factory Chromoly axles, Superchips tuner, Dynomax RC exhaust…andtons of other stuff.
I grew up in Westmorland, which is located in the Imperial County (IC), Southern California (SoCal). Most people recognize Imperial County as a huge off-road playground because of Glamis Sand Dunes, Superstition Mountains and Ocotillo Wells OHV, to name a few. Over the course of my life I have owned 3 Jeeps and numerous other off-road vehicles, such as, Three-wheelers, Quads, sand-rails (Standard-long travel), 4x4 trucks; etc. The first Jeep I owned was a 1993-YJ, followed by a 1999-TJ, and my current Jeep a 2011-JKUR. Jeeps and off-roading have been a part of my family for as long as I can remember, it was just a part of life growing up.
I have over 35+ years of off-roading experience. I am very knowledgeable on many levels of off-roading to include:
I’m finding the older I get the more I like expedition/overland style of off-roading and just getting out with friends and family and being with nature. My Jeep is my daily driver (DD) so I tend to stay away from the more extreme rock crawling where body damage or parts breaking are inevitable but that doesn’t mean I won’t do black diamond trails.
Thanks for taking the time to read my Bio and I will see you on the trail.
John G. "RockTrooper" - Board Member / Internet, Media & Vendor Relations
Like probably many of you, my obsession with the Jeep lifestyle started the first time I jumped in a Jeep with the top off and began riding down the road. I knew at that time I needed to start saving my money to buy my first Jeep. My story began with the purchase of my 1995 Jeep Wrangler SE with the 4.0 HO engine and 5 Speed MT, one of the last model YJ's made! I was hooked and have never looked back!
With the growing family, I needed more room in the Jeep, and in 2013 I was fortunate to purchase a 10th Anniversary Rubicon. When I started upgrading some of the items on the Jeep, I figured it was a good opportunity to share my installs with other Jeep owners, so I started the YouTube Channel "RockTrooper" and the support and response I received from the Jeep community was awesome!
I am originally from the East Coast, growing up in Philadelphia and making locations from the Pocono Mountains to the woods, muds and beaches of Jersey, Delaware and Maryland my own personal playground. The family then moved out to California and I was able to experience a whole new adventure in off-roading. Rock crawling and desert over-landing took over the East Coast mudding and I have to admit, life is good while going high speed thru the desert or crawling over the rocks at 2 MPH!
I am very lucky to have off-road locations all around me now, being able to run the deserts of Anza and Death Valley to the mountains of Big Bear and the Dusy Ershim Trail and everything in between. Some of my favorite trails can be found in Big Bear and with Utah, Arizona and Colorado only a drive away, life certainly is good!
My trail knowledge & expertise are as follows:
Did I forget to mention that I am also a huge Star Wars fan!
Joe "Bling" - Board Member / Black OPS Liaison
Hello fellow Jeep lovers,
I am the Black Ops Leader. I am responsible for recommending members to be nominated into Black Ops, assigning new jeeper's Black Ops guides and strategically placing Black Ops members in the jeep train on large open runs. Any member can be selected for Black Ops by contributing to the club and being a good helpful jeeper on the trail. I am honored to be a small part of what Black Ops has become. Our Black Ops members are well rehearsed in recovery, first aid and general knowledge of trails and Jeeps.
My current jeep is a 2015 JKUR known as "Bling". Bling runs a full 3.5" Metalcloak lift with 6 pack shocks, 37" Nitto MTs, Smittybuilt front and rear atlas series bumpers, 52" auxbeam lightbar, 6" ACI cubes and a few other LED lights. I run Method 105 beadlocks and my front axle is trussed, sleeved and gusseted. I carry recovery gear, first aid kit, hand tools, CO2 tank and some air tools.
I have been Jeeping with the club since October 2015, I have been an avid offroader for 20 years and have had a variety of jeeps, quads and trucks. I am the club expert on Valley of the Moons, Mica Gem Mine Road, Old Stage Coach Trail, Dos Cabezas and a few other trails in the Jacumba area. I love a challenging trail but not so challenging that I break something as my Jeep is my daily driver.
I was born and raised in San Diego as my father served in the Navy for 22 years. I have a construction back ground and I have worked in that field for over 25 years. I started as an installer apprentice and now I own my own small contracting business.
My goal is to be the first to welcome you to the club and make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your time on the trail with the San Diego Jeep Club. I will make sure you and your jeep are good to go and will be happy to answer all questions. The only dumb question is the question that did not get asked.
If I don't see you first please come and say hello.
Charlie "Trailgunner" - Board Member
I’m the designated tail gunner for just about every run with San Diego Jeep Club. I’m a Texas native and retired Navy Chief, who by grace of U.S. Navy I end up here in beautiful sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up in desert of west Texas off-roading just get into your blood. I spend many long days and few nights some 25 yrs acquiring the skills that I have now. I have owned one CJ7 and two TJs and currently own a 2012 Rubicon.
My trail knowledge and expertise to name few are in following:
My next goal is to get my 4WD instructor certification by I4WDTA.
Thank you for take the time to learn a little bit about me and the San Diego Jeep club. I hope to see y’all at club event soon.
“Not all those who wander are lost” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Black OPS is the heavily upgraded drive train of the San Diego Jeep Club.
These are the guys and gals assisting in all club activities, from helping out on the larger group runs, partnering with new Jeep owners, getting pictures, shooting video and being available to provide assistance to all that need it.