Just a few updates tonight.
Today was another gorgeous, warm, sunny day here in Hudson. More jeeps and people rolled in to make the day even better than yesterday. The most difficult thing about today was finding the time to talk with visitors looking at jeeps in the parking lot and having the time to see the presentations on the inside of the hotel. Here are a few photos of people I met:
In the end I only had a chance to attend MD Juan’s presentation, which was very interesting. They discussed the challenges the company has faced trying to perfect vintage Willys bodies so that they properly fit the different models (MB/GPW/2A/3A etc). CEO Rommel Juan noted that the company’s increasing use of the jeep forums combined with access to original bodies has allowed them to tune the bodies and close in on the original specs.
Following MD Juan’s presentation, I gave my presentation. I was in the dreaded 2:00pm slot where lunch has had time to settle and naps come-a-callin. The room was warm and dark. It was the perfect environment for sleeping that I remembered from my college days. To help people ward off the Sandman, I tried to give a short presentation that explained my passion for jeeps and eWillys. I also covered upcoming projects I hope to complete in the future. The lack of snores from the audience indicated that people enjoyed my presentation. I believe Kaiser Willys will be publishing my presentation in the future (Thanks Jonah) and I’ll add that link when I get it.
After a good conversation and a stiff drink at the bar with Gerald (technically, it was Ann’s drink that was stiff — being the good husband, I volunteered to finish it for her, lol), we entered the banquet room and had some dinner. Following dinner, Derek Redmond of the CJ-3B Page gave a humorous presentation of the CJ-3B that included a running gag about Elizabeth Taylor. His keynote was followed by door prizes and then the awards.
Apparently, some of the folks at the Willys Spring Reunion thought there were a few of us who were a brick shy of a full load. So, tonight at the banquet they trucked in five bricks left over from the Willys Overland Factory and handed them out. I was one of the recipients of the brick award and I feel more complete already!
Seriously though, the award was given to people who’d made a difference in the world of nutty jeep lovers. I guess I finally convinced them I was nutty enough to deserve a brick. Truthfully, I couldn’t have earned this award without the dedication, support, information and corrections submitted by people all over the world. Your help makes my efforts possible!
Below are some additional pictures from Saturday in no particular order: