Jurassic Park Jeep Roams Territory In Mt. Vernon

September 24, 2018

In 1993, dinosaurs “virtually” roamed the earth — via the blockbuster film, Jurassic Park. An entire generation of moviegoers were captivated by the science fiction adventure film based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel. One of those moviegoers was Jordan Burk of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

In an email interview with The Weekly, Burk explained how he came to drive a vehicle which local residents recognize as the “Jurassic Park Jeep.” “Since the first time I rode with my dad in his Wrangler,” writes Burk, “I’ve had a love for Jeeps, and I’ve loved movies even longer! When I graduated high school, I knew I had to put those two together.”

During the winter of 2015, Burk began searching for a good donor Jeep for the project, and his patience was rewarded: he found one in the summer of 2017. “During my search,” he remembers, “I started researching everything about the Jeeps from [the movie] Jurassic Park.” This led Burk to the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, a community of people who own Jurassic Park vehicles. “With their knowledge,” Burk writes, “I was able to piece together all of the correct parts for the Jeep.” The search for authentic pieces led to several road trips. “My family and I drove over three hours just to get the movie-accurate seats,” he recalls.

Burk and his dad spent countless hours disassembling and reassembling the Jeep, and all the paint and body work was done by Landers Towing and Collision Center here in Mt. Vernon. The Jeep was completed in March 2018, just in time for Burk and his family to attend “Dino Days” in Branson, Missouri. They also participated in the first National Meet-up of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, which coincided with the release of the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

“Driving this Jeep has been an absolute blast,” writes Burk, “and the smiles it puts on people’s faces makes it all worth it.”
Look for the Jurassic Park Jeep in the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest Parade this Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Mt. Vernon.