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YouTubers Destroy 'Holy Grail' of Rare Vehicles to Get More Views on Their Channel

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I remember hearing a story — perhaps apocryphal — that there was some outrage in the car collector community when “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” came out.

The 1986 John Hughes film features a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder owned by the father of Alan Ruck’s character, Cameron Frye, which is commandeered by the eponymous hero, played by Matthew Broderick.

If you haven’t caught the film in the 35 years since it came out, spoiler alert: Ruck’s character ends up wrecking the car during the climax of the movie.

Most of the audience was wrapped up in the oddly cathartic nature of Cameron running an expensive, rare Ferrari through the back of a plate-glass garage and off a cliff with no one in it — and in reverse, too! (If you’re wondering why it’s cathartic, the plot’s a bit too long to explain here, but the TLDR version: Cameron had daddy issues.)

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However, there was a certain segment of the audience — car geeks all, the kind of people whose idea of a dream vacation is to spend a week touring Jay Leno’s garage — who were outraged. There were only 100 of these things made, after all!

It turns out the outrage was all for naught. Given that the actual Ferrari in question now costs $11 million, according to Road & Track (and it was still expensive in those days), they’d used replicas for filming. Replicas that are in enough demand that one fetched $407,000 at auction.

Apocryphal though the story may be, you can see the logic behind it. Destroying a rare Ferrari for a teen flick, no matter how good the teen flick might be — or how many excellent bit parts went to Ben Stein and Charlie Sheen — seems a bit of a waste.

So why are people in 2021 upset that a bunch of YouTubers destroyed a base-level 1990s Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Yes, I know, the Jeep Grand Cherokee from that generation isn’t necessarily beloved. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what they look like:

Sure, they’re not bad — and Jeeps have a following for a reason. They might rattle a bit, have panel gaps the size of a small stream or come with a host of nagging quality issues, but they’re Jeeps. Need I say more?

It’s just that the 1990s-era Jeep Grand Cherokee — otherwise known as the ZJ Jeep because of the corporate code the model — tended to be a bit … well, blah. It doesn’t have the romance of a Jeep Wrangler or Grand Wagoneer.

Instead, in 2021, this is what your sad, divorced uncle drives to the local Denny’s so he can open a month’s worth of mail at his booth while he takes his weekly call from his children on a flip-phone.

So when the vulgar folks at the YouTube channel BackyardBroncos decided to turn a Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ into a convertible by simply taking a saw to the top half of the car, you would think people wouldn’t care much. After all, this is the kind of YouTube channel where the two guys have a “Zero f***s given” flag on their fence, and it’s arguably the tamest language from the episode.

Oh, yeah, and they filled up one of the Jeep’s fluid reservoirs with beer, bleach and coins — among other things — in the second video.

I can’t warn you enough that if you’re averse to bad language, even slightly, these videos aren’t for you. If you have kids in the room, put on earphones. Make sure they’re turned low. Trust me.

In the first video, posted in mid-August, the Jeep is turned into a drop-top. Or, as one of the MENSA members in the BackyardBroncos troupe announces straight off, “It’s hot as b***s out, and we’re going to make it a f****n’ convertible.” It veers no closer to Merchant Ivory territory from there:

WARNING: The following video contains graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.



In the second video, which came a few weeks later, the Jeep is fully destroyed by gunning it over a jump, pouring sundry fluids in its various reservoirs, pounding it with a sledgehammer and bombarding it with F-bombs:



My IQ is 10 points lower already.

So why is this Jeep a “holy grail” — according to one writer at Jalopnik — that should have been saved from destruction? After all, the BackyardBroncos say they paid $400 for theirs. The reason is that it’s a base model with a five-speed manual transmission, something that’s insanely rare — and valuable for reasons beyond rarity.

“To most folks, it looks just like a regular 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ. Nothing special. And yet, here comes an argument for why it is something worth revering,” David Tracy wrote in a Sept. 6 column.

“I went out of my way earlier this year to buy a Jeep almost exactly like the one in the videos above. It’s a red 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee ‘Base’ trim. That means it was optioned with a gray grille, thin door cladding instead of the usual ZJ cladding that ends at the base of the door, a chrome accent strip on that cladding and on the bumpers, vinyl and cloth seats, manual windows and doors, and no overhead grab handles. Most importantly, it came with a five speed manual transmission.”

Despite it being the official car of your deadbeat uncle, they’re still pretty good — at least in Tracy’s book. He argues that his Jeep is one of the best Jeeps ever made, if just because it’s “incredibly versatile.”

It’s got space, it can off-road, it’s not a chore on highways and it’s reasonably quick for an SUV of that era.

“You could say the same about most 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees, but these unfortunately lack one thing that this ‘Holy Grail’ model has: reliability,” Tracy wrote.

The automatic transmissions on ZJ Jeep Grand Cherokees were built by Chrysler, and they failed. A lot. In fact, your uncle  probably is calling his mechanic right now, asking him to come to the diner to give him a tow.

There were roughly 1,500 manual ZJ Grand Cherokees ever made — and those transmissions were nigh indestructible. (Unless, of course, you give it to a bunch of YouTubers who want to give the Jeep cirrhosis of the radiator.)

But wait, there’s more: “The best of the best Grand Cherokees were the base-model manuals, since the second complaint that I hear most frequently behind automatic transmission failure is failure of interior electronics,” Tracy wrote in Jalopnik. “This is why I bought my manual-window and manual-lock-equipped ZJ. I know that the thing will last until the end of time.”

I’m assuming he’s not planning on cutting off its top and hurtling it over a jump anytime soon, because we have video evidence that’ll destroy it.

Granted, the reason behind this is simple: “In any case, trashing a rare machine is definitely more newsworthy than trashing a crappy, regular ol’ Grand Cherokee, so from a click-ability standpoint, these guys nailed it,” Tracy wrote of the video, which has more than 6,800 views on YouTube.

Did this Jeep deserve to be saved?

No, it’s not a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. However, there’s a reason why the car community isn’t particularly thrilled over this one — and not just because this isn’t “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which contained more laughs in its first minute than these clips do in 15.

These Jeeps are supremely rare nowadays, particularly because nobody thought to preserve them. This one didn’t look like it was in great shape when the BackyardBroncos peeled the top off of it, but it could have been rehabilitated. Now I doubt you could even use the steering wheel.

If only we were to find out that they’d pulled a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and used a replica of a manual-transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee instead.

Alas, I doubt our boys at BackyardBroncos are that smart.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Biden Lies 2nd Time in 1 Week on National TV, Tells Debunked Amtrak Story for 4th Time

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While President Joe Biden’s gaffes are always concerning to watch, they usually just resemble an elderly man losing his bearings as Father Time continues to take his toll.

Lately, though, Biden has traded those gaffes for blatant lying on national television.

On Wednesday, Biden repeated a debunked story about an Amtrack employee named Angelo Negri, with whom he claimed to have had a conversation.

“Ang came up to me one day when I was … when they just had announced that I had flown 1 million … some ‘x’ number of miles on Air Force aircraft,” Biden said.

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“And Ang comes up, and I’m getting in the car and he goes, ‘Joey baby … you know how many miles you did Amtrak?’ And I said, ‘No, Ang, I don’t have any idea pal.’

“He said, ‘Let me tell you, we were at the retirement dinner … we added it up. You averaged … 121 days a year … you’ve traveled over 2 million miles, Joe. I don’t wanna hear any more about the Air Force.'”

Biden said Negri told him this statistic “seven years into” his vice presidency, which would have been around 2015. According to Negri’s obituary, he retired from Amtrak in 1993 and died in 2014.

The first time Biden told this bizarre, factually incorrect story was in May. At that time, Biden claimed Negri told him he had traveled 1,515,000 miles on Amtrak, and he said the conversation happened in fourth of fifth year of his vice presidency.

Biden retold the story in June, but it was hardly even understandable that time as Biden stumbled through it.

At this point, it seems important to mention that Biden’s mother, who he claims to have been visiting in either 2014, 2015 or 2017 depending on the iteration, died in 2010. This casts even further doubt on the validity of Biden’s anecdote.

Biden told the story for a third time during a September meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This was the first time he changed the number of miles he supposedly traveled on Amtrak from 1.5 million to 2 million.

And it all culminated on Wednesday with Biden’s fourth iteration of the story.

Do you think Biden is purposely lying to the American people?

There are really only two probable explanations for Biden’s repeated insistence on telling this debunked story. First, it could be that Biden is experiencing a cognitive decline causing him confusion, but the Democratic establishment has ensured us that is not the case.

The only other explanation for Biden telling a factually incorrect story is that he is lying to the American people. If that is the case, it would not even be the first time this week Biden has done so.

During the 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year event at the White House on Monday, Biden said he had been “involved in the civil rights movement.”

According to a tweet from The Intercept, Biden made similar claims as far back as 1987. He later redacted the claims and said he was “not an activist” during the movement, only to start making them again recently.

Biden’s embarrassing faux pas are bad enough, but his blatant lying adds a whole new level of concern for the country.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

While President Joe Biden’s gaffes are always concerning to watch, they usually just resemble an elderly man losing his bearings as Father Time continues to take his toll. Lately, though, Biden has traded those gaffes for blatant lying on national television. On Wednesday, Biden repeated a debunked story about an Amtrack employee named Angelo Negri, with whom he claimed to have had a conversation. “Ang came up to me one day when I was … when they just had announced that I had flown 1 million … some ‘x’ number of miles on Air Force aircraft,” Biden said. “And Ang comes up, and I’m getting in the car and he goes, ‘Joey baby … you know how many miles you did Amtrak?’ And I said, ‘No, Ang, I don’t have any idea pal.’ “He said, ‘Let me tell you, we were at the retirement dinner … we added it up. You averaged … 121 days a year … you’ve traveled over 2 million miles, Joe. I don’t wanna hear any more about the Air Force.'” WATCH: Joe Biden tells a debunked story about an Amtrak worker for the FOURTH time as president. Biden says the conversation took place “7 years into” his vice presidency, which would be 2015. The Amtrak worker retired in 1993 and passed away in 2014. pic.twitter.com/OlSjMzCLIw — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 20, 2021 Biden said Negri told him this statistic “seven years into” his vice presidency, which would have been around 2015. According to Negri’s obituary, he retired from Amtrak in 1993 and died in 2014. The first time Biden told this bizarre, factually incorrect story was in May. At that time, Biden claimed Negri told him he had traveled 1,515,000 miles on Amtrak, and he said the conversation happened in fourth of fifth year of…

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Biden Knowingly Lies on National TV About His Past During MLK Memorial Event

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden spoke in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. He used the opportunity to repeat a lie about his past.

The expressed purpose of the speech was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official declaration of the memorial, according to a White House transcript. Instead, Biden subtly and dishonestly tried to make the event about himself.

At one point in the speech, Biden used the event to make his case against election integrity laws.

“Today, the right to vote and the rule of law are under unrelenting assault from Republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators,” he said. “And they’re following my predecessor — the last president — into a deep, deep black hole and abyss.”

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This in and of itself is insulting to King. By comparing voter ID requirements for every race to legitimate segregation during MLK’s life, Biden is cheapening the work real civil rights leaders have accomplished.

Right after that, the president repeated the lie that he was “involved” in the civil rights movement during his younger days.



Biden claimed as far back as 1987 that he had marched in the civil rights movement, according to The Intercept. He later walked back that claim and said he was “concerned” with the movement but was not an “activist.”

Obviously, being concerned about something does not mean you are really “involved” in it. I’m concerned every time I watch a Virginia Tech football game, but that doesn’t make me a player.

But as soon as it became politically convenient, Biden decided to go back to his same old lies.

The fact that he has admitted this claim is fabricated before and yet continues to repeat it cannot be described as anything other than deliberate lying, and that behavior is disrespectful during an event meant to honor MLK.

This is the second time this week Biden has told the exact same lie. He first made the claim on Monday during the State and National Teachers of the Year event.

During another speech on Wednesday, Biden told another debunked story about Amtrak. He recalled a conversation he had with an Amtrak employee named Angelo Negri “seven years into” his vice presidency, but Negri died before that time.

The president has told that same story three other times, and it has been debunked every single time. Yet he continues to repeat the lies.

At least three times this week, Biden has publicly said something that is certifiably false. He is either lying or confused, neither of which is particularly encouraging for the country.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden spoke in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. He used the opportunity to repeat a lie about his past. The expressed purpose of the speech was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official declaration of the memorial, according to a White House transcript. Instead, Biden subtly and dishonestly tried to make the event about himself. At one point in the speech, Biden used the event to make his case against election integrity laws. “Today, the right to vote and the rule of law are under unrelenting assault from Republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators,” he said. “And they’re following my predecessor — the last president — into a deep, deep black hole and abyss.” This in and of itself is insulting to King. By comparing voter ID requirements for every race to legitimate segregation during MLK’s life, Biden is cheapening the work real civil rights leaders have accomplished. Right after that, the president repeated the lie that he was “involved” in the civil rights movement during his younger days. https://youtu.be/6Ro4pmaSjuk Biden claimed as far back as 1987 that he had marched in the civil rights movement, according to The Intercept. He later walked back that claim and said he was “concerned” with the movement but was not an “activist.” In 1987, Joe Biden claimed he marched in the civil rights movement. A few months later, Biden disavowed the claim. Decades later, during the Obama era, and more recently on the campaign trail, he started making the same claims again. https://t.co/NAlMJ6ZTq7 pic.twitter.com/tpmE6VXmG6 — The Intercept (@theintercept) February 14, 2020 Obviously, being concerned about something does not mean you are really “involved” in it. I’m concerned every time I watch a Virginia Tech football game, but that…

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