Matteo Sorrentino, in the last Camp Jeep brought some Heritage Jeep vehicle, for the Heritage corner and as showcars during the press event.

He collects Jeeps and works with one of the most known workshop for Vintage Jeep models in Italy.

We asked Matteo some questions about his Jeeps and about his passion for the brand.

Where does your passion for Jeep come from?

I was born in 1973 and one of the first Jeep I saw in TV was the CJ of Daisy Duke which made me lose my head. Who wouldn’t remember her on board of her Jeep! From there on, I fell in love with the jeep world and the American dream. I was certain that I would have owned and driven one of these marvels sooner or later.
I’ve done much better!

When did you start collecting Jeep cars?

In 1997, one of my best friends Giorgio bought a blue Grand Wagoner of 1987. It was love at first sight. I stressed my friend Giorgio, day and night for more than 6 months, until he finally sold me the Jeep! From that day, it was an explosion of unique sensations: I felt love, desire for freedom, driving, travelling and living the history of a legendary car that today I know like a palm of my hands.

Do you remember the first time you drove a Jeep?

I drove my first Jeep, a Cheeroke XJ of 1998, when I was 16 years old. I don’t remember the colour but I went crazy on that Jeep too. I was too young and I didn’t have a driver’s license and the money to buy a car like that. I kept on dreaming!

Is there a Jeep model with which you have a special bond and tell us for why?

From all of them, the Grand Wagoneer is absolutely my favourite model. For this Jeep I’ve lost my mind and done everything with this Jeep.
In fact I created a website, and I have a large number of projects about this Jeep! It will be online soon! Grand Wagoneer made me feel warm, passion and family sensations and it gave me the chance to live an American dream. I keep feeling this magic emotion.

Do you have children?

I have two children. A daughter, Giulia, who is 16 years old and my son, Chicco, who is 14 years old.
They love the Golden Eagle Cherokee of 1979, which is part of my collection. They always ask me not to sell this special car and I think I will happily grant their request.

Would you tell us a story about your passion which then became you job?

My previous job was too much demanding and I usually work 12 to 13 hours in a day. I was stressed and always under pressure with many responsibilities in hand. The economic crisis led me to reflect on my life, my passion, and due to my will to succeed, I have transformed my passion into a career.
Wagoneer has changed my life. The Jeep brand and everything that revolves around it has made me a happy man. I have so many ideas and projects that needs to be implemented which obviously I hope that these historical Jeep models will be more and more appreciated by enthusiasts.

Does your job let you travel a lot? What are the main places that you have visited and which of them do you remember the most?

I usually travel a lot in search of Grand Wagoneer models to be bought and restored. This is the part of my job I love. What's even more beautiful, and that gives me a great adrenaline is from the moment I leave and arrive to the Jeep. I love those moments. Luckily, those moments of disappointment are rare.
I usually travel a lot in Europe, in particular in Northern Europe. but the USA is the best place to find interesting things.
I’m Working with Miller Chip Wagonmaster. A legend! A mutual respect and friendship bond us in sharing the same passion for the Grand Wagoneer.
It’s a hard work! But somebody has to do it!

Do you have a particular story that you want to share with us?

The funniest and craziest thing that happened to me, driving a Grand Wagoneer, was when I was travelling on an American highway in Arizona.
Me and John, my partner and eternal childhood friend, were travelling on a Grand Wagoneer Colorado Red of 1989. Two other friends, Dan and Laurent, drove a Cherokee Laredo in 1984. We had been driving all day.
We had 50 miles left until our destination when both of our Jeep just stopped and shut off at the same time. Unbelievable! In the darkness of the freeway, 2 A.M. in the early morning, we realized that the gas contained water. We spent the night in Arizona, 50 miles away from Phoenix, on a freeway, infested with snakes !! An unforgettable experience!