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Bountiful Jeep Posse and Racing

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Having lived in Salt Lake City for ten years, I know the area pretty well. So, I’m surprised by just how active the four wheel drive clubs were in the valley.  For example, I just read a short article about the Utah County Jeepettes, a group of women (I think wives of jeepers) that organized events.  In addition, there were Jeep Posses in Utah County, Salt Lake City, and Sevier County, Utah.

As you can see in this picture, taken at the 1970 Pioneer Jeep Rally in Bountiful, held by the Bountiful Jeep Posse, this wasn’t just about Search and Rescue. Racing had become popular, too, just as it had taken hold in many other places. The first Pioneer Jeep Rally was held in 1965. By 1970, the event attracted racers from several intermountain states.  Two main events were held at the Pioneer Jeep Rallys, a hill climb and an obstacle course.

The article and picture below were published by Four Wheeler Magazine in July, 1971. To me this picture could easily have been taken above the city of Bountiful or Centerville.  It looks like the staging and parking was done along the valley’s bench.

 

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