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The Great Willys Picnic & The Bantam Festival

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The Great Willys Picnic and The Bantam Festival (both in Pennsylvania) are happening today. I hope everyone has fun!



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Willys Overland Jeepster Club Meet Last Weekend

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Last weekend the Willys Overland Jeepster Club held their annual Spring meet for the 51st time. Sixty members and a dozen Jeepsters attended the event at Dundee, Michigan. A Fall Meet will occur later this year.

You can read much more in the Monroe News:



PHOTO CREDIT: Monroe News by Tom Hawley. Kevin Stepinski is waving out the door of his 1949 Jeepster.

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2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 14-16

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UPDATE: Just a reminder that Roger’s FC event will be July 14-16. He has plenty of space for trucks & semis, trailers, RV’s (no hook-ups), and primitive camping.


Roger wrote:
I live out in the country so I have plenty of room for trucks, trailers, and RV’s (no RV hook-ups). There is an RV Campground with hook-ups and one-room cabins 1 1\2 miles away. There is one motel 6 miles south of me in Waynesville, where there are antique shops, diners and restaurants. 10 miles north in Xenia there are several hotel/motels. I live 25 miles southeast of Dayton, Ohio.

Below is a list of the nearest places to stay:

Frontier Campground, 9580 Collett Road, Waynesville, OH 45068

Creekwood Motel of Waynesville, 401 S. Main Street, Waynesville, OH 45068
513-897-1000, 1-800-652-5953 www.creekwoodmotel.com

Ramada Inn Xenia
937-372-9921 www.ramada.com/hotel/40110

Deerfield Inn of Xenia
937-426-5822 www.deerfieldinn1.com

Kings Knight Inn of Xenia, 38 S. Allison, Xenia, Ohio

Bring your FC’s and Step Vans, whether they’re cleaned up or still have on their “work clothes” right out of the field. Bring your extra parts for sale or trade. It would be nice to see photos of your truck, literature, and anything of interest for FC’s and Step Vans.

Call me anytime at 937-477-5270 or email: rogerjm55@gmail.com
My address is: Roger Martin
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road
Waynesville, Oh 4506

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Convoy of Liberty 2017 From Pilsen

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Just a couple updates for Friday.

John forwarded this website and videos from the Convoy of Liberty, 2017, from Pilsen, Czech Republic. Many jeeps were involved in the parade, along with other military vehicles, some not quite of WWII vintage (like at least one M-38A1).

This link is to the event’s website: http://slavnostisvobody.cz/en/

This video looks like it was an ad(?) for the event:

And this was one of several videos showing the parade:


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2017 Midwest Willys Reunion

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UPDATE: The original photos I posted were from the 2016 event. The new batch of photos are from the 2017 event.

I’m told last week’s Midwest Willys Reunion was a big hit, despite a couple rain storms and some hot weather. Here is a video from the event:

Scott shared this video on Alaska Or Rust’s Facebook page:

Bob Christy contributed these photos from last week’s event:





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FC Jamboree moved to September 15-16

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UPDATE: Dan DeVries has moved the FC Jamboree to September 15-16. Contact Dan to learn more. Some hotel info is shown at the bottom.


Here are some nearby hotels and motels.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Northwood 
4712 Wheelerwood Road
Northwood, Iowa 50459
United States
1 641 323-7500

Country Inn and Suites/Diamond Jo casino
711 Diamond Jo Ln, Northwood, IA 50459
Phone: (641) 323-7000

Lake Mills Motel
400-488 N Lake St, Lake Mills, IA 50450
Phone: (641) 592-3711

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Midwest Willys Reunion this Weekend

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If you are near Columbus, Indiana, this weekend, make sure to drop by the Midwest Willys Reunion. There’s a lot happening, including Alaska Or Rust tables with parts for sale, a raffle and at least one carb demonstration by Mr. Old Jeep Carbs himself, Richard Pacholski.

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Jeeps @ the Fort Miles Reenactment Event

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The annual “Delaware Goes to War- Victory In Europe” reenactment took place at Fort Miles in Delaware last weekend. Joe shared these photos taken by Bill Goodwin. Thanks! (I think this is a good start to “Front-end Friday”)





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NW FC Get-Together Aug 4-6th in Olympia, WA

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This year’s Northwest FC Get-Together will be held Aug 4-6th in Olympia, Washington.


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2017 Colonna Della Libertá

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Every year the Italians celebrate the Colonna della Libertá (Column of Liberation). CeePee and his friends from Bavaria once again made their way down to join the event in their jeeps. It had snowed two days prior to their trip south, so it sounds like it was a chilly drive.

CeePee reports they had a good time, as always. One of the people he met for the first time was Italian Gregory Alegi (read more about his trip here), who in 2013 drove an MB with his friend to Toledo. Ann and I almost had a chance to meet up with Gregory, but we couldn’t make the timing work.

On their return trip to Germany, CeePee wrote that his group was nearly swept away with rain. Still, it didn’t dampen their spirits. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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Willys America Open House July 8th, 2017

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I just learned that Willys America’s open house has been moved up to July 8th. Scramboleer Dan will be leading the caravan this year. It will be making a number of stops, including 8:45 AM at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and 10 AM in McDonald’s in Petaluma, before arriving at Willys America at noon in time for lunch and open house. More details to follow:


There’s always lots of great people to meet and vehicles to see. This year, my mother is having knee surgery on the 5th (both her and dad will be on walkers) and then I’ll be leaving for Alaska around the 22nd. So, once again I won’t make it, but I sure want to sometime!!


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2017 Swap Meet @ the Portland Expo Center

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Paul Barry of Willys America shared these photos he took from the 2017 Portland Swap Meet at the Portland Expo Center. The black truck is priced at $12,000. The red wagon has no engine. The other two trucks are rough.


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2017 Willys Jeep Rally June 2 & 3, College Corner, OH

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This year’s Willys Jeep Rally takes place June 2-3 in College Corner, Ohio. You can learn more at the event’s website:  http://www.mw-willysjeep.com


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2nd Annual Jeep Heritage Expo June 3rd in Georgia

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Omix-ADA is hosting its second-annual Jeep Heritage Expo at its company headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia, June 3rd, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.ruggedridge.com/event

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Moonshiners Swap Meet Puyallup, WA Sunday March 12th

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The Moonshiners swap meet is this weekend. It’s 9am to 4pm at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. Thanks to Rob Stafford, I’ll have a warm, indoor booth in the main building to promote eWillys and Alaska Or Rust. Admission to the event is $10. Here’s more information: http://www.moonshinersjeepclub.com/swapmeet/.


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Gledhill Snowplows


This early Gledhill brochure was on eBay and came from Canada. I’d never heard of Glehill snowplows, but the company still manufactures snow plows and moldboards.

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2017 Southwest Military Transport Show in Mesa, AZ

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The weekend of March 25 & 26 is the Southwest Military Show in Mesa, Arizona. If you like plans and jeeps, this is a great place to be. As Joe points out below there will be more than a dozen jeeps and jeep-like vehicles.

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2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together Oct. 7th

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This year’s Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together occurs Saturday, October 7th, 2017. You can learn more at the registration website: http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com


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Bantam Jeep Festival June 9-11, 2017

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The Bantam Festival is only four months away (as is the Great Willys Picnic which is June 11th this year). Learn more at http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com.


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2017 Events for Willys-Am-Tegernesee

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Christian has finalized this year’s Willys-Am Tegernesee reunion. It will take place from July 7th till July 9th with the main event on Saturday, July 8th , including an extracool little concert of some oldtime blues. I can’t go this year, but maybe Ann and I can figure out how to get there in 2018. We have been wanting to tour Europe, meet readers, and chase some more family history, but have delayed that opportunity for several years.

In late April this year’s Colonna della Liberta / Column of Liberation in Italy will take place. Date to be finalized.


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Gary Holbrook’s & Juan Mean Jose

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Gary Holbrook, a long time member of the Jolly Jeepers of the PNW4WDA, shared this video. Not only does he show off his fascinating build, but he also discusses one of his club’s annual summer Back to Basics Rally in Oregon.

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2017 Coming Events

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There are a variety of events already scheduled for 2017. These are in order of occurrence:

  1. March 24-26: The 14th Annual FC Roundup in Phoenix, Arizona. A great event for FC and FJ owners.2017-fc-roundup
  2. May 19-20: 25th Annual Midwest Jeep Reunion & Swap Meet in Columbus, Indiana. This long running event hosts vintage jeeps of all kinds and includes a swap meet.
  3. May 19-21: 8th Annual Willys Rally in Moab, Utah. This wagon and truck focused event continues to grow in popularity.willys-rally-2017
  4. June 11: The Great Willys Picnic, Kempton, Pennsylvania. This pre-1970 jeep day-event includes a car show and swap meet. 2017-great-willys-picnic
  5. June 9-11: Bantam Fest, Butler, Pennsylvania.If you like jeeps of all types, there’s nothing bigger. 2017-bantamfest

Oh, and one more …. In Mid July a small group of intrepid, brave, dedicated, and somewhat nutty jeepers will begin an epic trip to Alaska. Yours truly will be driving Rusty and reporting on our daily adventures. Expect a formal announcement in the next week or so.


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1963 Sidewinder Jeep Cruise Photo

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This photo and caption appeared in the May 1963 issue of Desert Magazine. Note the camping modifications on the CJ-6 in the foreground. Looks like a pretty interesting rig.

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Jim Allen’s Recap of Dan’s FC September Event

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Jim Allen published a great review of Dan Horenburger’s Military FC Gathering. With Dan’s passing, this article takes on a special significance.



Photo Credit: Jim Allen & Four Wheeler Magazine

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8th Annual Willys Moab Overland Rally May 19-21, 2017

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This year’s Willys Moab Overland Rally will be taking place May 19-21, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.willysrally.com