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2018 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together Oct 6

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Will has chosen Oct 6, 2018, for next year’s Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together. In the meantime, enjoy his summary of this year’s event!

2017-southeast-willys-get-togetherThe 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together is over – but not forgotten. It was a pleasant overcast day in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Willys on display included ‘rust buckets to trailer queens’ and all points in-between. A slight drizzle started as we packed up.

I have only one regret … I didn’t have enough time to meet, visit, learn, talk shop and look for parts …

Whether you made it or not, the following is a recap of the day’s events.

Event Team: We were down 2 team members this year but my wife Teresa stepped up to fill the gap .. we aim to please.
Portrait Photo: Everyone gathered up for a perfect photo by professional photographer David Dietrich [ see the website http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/2017.html ]
Food: Fried chicken, bar-b-que, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, sweat tea and cookies – that’s how we do it in the Southeast
Tech Sessions: Rick Pachowski presented a fine tuned “carburetor tech session”
Lunch ’n Learn: Merlin Hanon’s “Alaska or Rust” was a travelogue for any Willys lover


Merlin and Rick sure get around! :-)

Swap Meet: Numerous vendors sold used stuff … from seats to signs
Trophies: Exhibitors voted for winners: Drew Alverson (who just drove up at the last minute); Russel Crump; Joel Hoffman; Allen Henkel – with Tyler Tedford winning the Chairman’s Trophy
Stats: 8 states were represented (GA, FL, MD, MI, NC, SC, TN, VA) … 33 registrants (both civilian and military and commercial)
Sponsors: We had a ton of giveaways for registrants and the public. [See this years Schedule for a list of all our great sponsors.]
Press Coverage: WLOS TV Producer Ken Corn (Jeep & Military Buff) produced a a great video … See the website 2017 archives [ http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/2017.html ]

Perhaps most important was that everything was a stunning success. We didn’t hear any negativity and everyone is looking forward to next year.

Thank you once more to everyone who promoted, planned, produced, sponsored, attended, welcomed, administered, taught, cooked and helped with the Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together. Your support is not something we take lightly and is very much appreciated by everyone connected with helping. What an event!

If I left out someone, call me on it and I’ll make it up to you. Sorry if we didn’t get your e-mail.

P.S. Hope See you next year – October 6, 2018.
P.S.S. If you want to help or be involved, let me know.

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2018 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 29

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UPDATE: Just a reminder that Roger’s FC event will be Saturday, July 29. He has plenty of space for trucks & semis, trailers, RV’s (no hook-ups), and primitive camping. You can arrive on the 28th and leave on the 30th if you’d like. 


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

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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Four Wheeler Article on the Annual Willys Moab Rally

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Pete forwarded Traci Clark’s article, which includes videos, on the Annual Willys Moab Rally, which enters its ninth year in 2018 (May 18-20). I’ve been wanted to attend for some time, but conflicts have prevented it. And, I’ll miss it again this year as I’ll be at the Midwest Willys Reunion in May.



PHOTO CREDIT: Traci Clark and Four Wheeler Network

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Willys-Am Tegernsee’s Fall Jeep Trip

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CeePee and the Willys Am Tegernsee group enjoyed a beautiful Fall drive through Bavaria. You can see all the photos here: http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de/?p=2041

CeePee writes, “With some of the most beautiful kind of Bavarian weather we had a great day of jeeping in fall.

Together with some of the finest jeeping people we had everything to make it such an extraordinary day!

Jörg, the photographer, who made those great pictures on our summer convention – despite all the rain – joined us for the whole trip this time. Thanks to his great skills, I‘m able to share these fantastic impressions with you.

After 1300 kilometers round trip to join us on our tour Gero impressed me, when he said: Every single kilometer was worth it coming! Thank you, Gero!

The trip took us along the Tegernsee, over the Achenpass, then to a stop on the Sylventeinstaumauer, Wallgau, with a sensational view of the Zugspitze Massif. We went took a sensational drive to the Walchensee filled with the most beautiful autumn color, then onward with a journey through the Jachenau. The last few miles were driven to Tölz under the direction of the local guide Martin. The premium parking lots in front of the Jailhouse were already reserved by Peter, where we enjoyed a meal of spare ribs and hamburgers. Thankfully there was no rain, so we had lots of opportunity for jeep talk.

A great day, which put that special smile on everone‘s face! We‘ll keep‘em rolling!”

– CeePee
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Photos From the 2017 Mason-Dixon Willys Jeep Gathering

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I feel like I have seen these two jeeps somewhere recently ….

Thanks to Gray and Dave for sharing photos form the 2017 Mason-Dixon Willys Jeep Gathering on Sunday. The weather was perfect and both reported they had a good time.

Dave noted, “Great show on a beautiful day, though a bit warm for the end of October in these parts. I didn’t do any counting but, I’m estimating around 10-12 used parts vendors with everything imaginable related to cjs, trucks, and wagons, and around 40-50 jeep vehicles including civilian cjs, the trucks, wagons, FC, Jeepster guys and, the military vehicle group that included a military wrecker, a WWII deuce and several jeeps. All in all, this is a great show that gets better each year. Thanks to the Union Mills Homestead site for having us and to Mike for organizing it.”

Gray added, “Such a great show . Lots of parts for sale and everybody was so nice!”

Below are a mix of Dave and Gray’s photos. The first one shows this year’s award winners:



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UPDATE: MVPA Route 66 2017 Convoy

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Joe-in-Mesa joined the MVPA last weekend (You can track the convoy’s progress here) while they were camped in Williams, Arizona.  He filed this report with photos!:

“I trailered my ’42 GPW up Friday to join in the festivities thru Sunday morning. She ran pretty well, despite not liking cold morning air and me forgetting to tighten the points adjustment securing screw (oops). I understand 47 MVPA vehicles rode into Williams, and our Phoenix area clubs brought up another half dozen-ish. Our AMVCC club treated them to breakfast Saturday morning at the vehicle parking encampment. It was truly a perfect weekend: the vehicles, venue, weather, and so many great people!”

I’ve attached about 14 of the many pics I took, focusing on the jeeps. My GPW shows up at least 5 times since I wanted to include the Rt 66 and Grand Canyon RR images that were the backdrop to the whole event.

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Photos: 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together

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Buz shared some photos from yesterday’s 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together. He estimated there were thirty jeeps in attendance. http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com

This first pic is actually from Merlin Hansen. It shows Rick Palchoski (Old Jeep Carbs) holding a clinic at the event.


Here are Buz’s photos:

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2017 Tegernsee July Convention

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This year’s 2017 Tegernsee Convention in Bavaria was, once again, met with some heavy rain. Still, they participants soldiered on with their fun. A professional photographer named Jörg Friedrich took a variety of photos at the event, four of which are shown below. I think we can all relate to that first photo! You can see the rest here:


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2017 Dover AFB Air Show Pics

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Joe and several others had a chance to show their vehicles at the August 2017 Dover AFB Air Show. He’s shared some pics below (thanks!):

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No Updates on Wednesday

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I spent most of Tuesday on my sister’s roof, then we had a bday party for her in the evening. So, no updates this morning. They’ll resume Thursday morning.

Okay, so I said no updates, but you might enjoy this story by Brian Gabrial on Four Wheeler’s site about a 50th anniversary Jeepster Commando get-together this past Spring in Moab, Utah. Looks like it was a fun event!



PHOTO CREDIT: Four Wheeler Network

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Sep 17th Vintage Jeep Gathering – Windham, VT

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Peter wanted to let you all know that he is holding a Vintage jeep Gathering on September, 17th, in Wyndham, Vermont.

The Vintage Jeep Gathering at Pete’s Camp is a very casual event. We start out with a pancake breakfast at 830am. Most of the morning is spent looking at the old Jeeps and talking with the owners. There are onsite trails, and a group ride leaving around 11am that explores the local back roads and trails. This is a free event,. Breakfast and lunch is available on site on a “donation” basis.

Annual Vintage Jeep Gathering. Sept. 17th, 2017
Pete’s Camp
564 Harrington Road
Windham, VT

contact:. petescampvt@gmail.com

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Pics From Saturday’s Overbored Playday

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We are enjoying a relaxing weekend at Overbored Racing’s Labor Day Weekend Race in Ethel, Washington.  You can learn more about it here.

Here are some pics from yesterday:





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Upcoming Events

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Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few jeep events taking place.

  1. Northeast Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering: September 10 Bob Christy is hosting another Northeast Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering September 10 from 11am to 4pm.



  2. FC Jamboree: September 15-16


Learn more at the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1923084534577355/?fref=gc&hc_location=ufi

2. Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together: Saturday October 7th


Will Springer is hosting another Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together in Mills River, NC on the First Saturday in October.

Friday September 1st is the last day to order t-shirts!  It’s only a week away – so order today.  Click here …http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/registration.html.Note: Registration will stay open until the last minute. We just need some time to order the t-shirts.




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2017 Northeast Ohio Flatfender Gathering Sept 10th

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Bob Christy is hosting another Northeast Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering September 10 from 11am to 4pm.


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15th Annual FC Roundup March 23-25

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March 23-25, 2018 1600 W.
Colter St. Phoenix, Arizona 85015

This is your personal invitation to the “Most Excellent” FC-Only event. We invite all FC Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls.

It is our pleasure to invite you, with or without your Vehicle. This is where you will see some of the best authentic and original restored, ongoing projects or modified FC and FleetVans. You can learn a lot in a weekend, see the Military models of FCs, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, and manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts and special tools. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available. There is no charge for the event.

We are always so very grateful for your donation of any FC related items that are given away during the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday are the large BBQ Hot Dogs and much more, for lunch. Free refreshments daily. One of the best things that happens everyday, is that you are also invited to drive your FC / FleetVan or you might ride in an FC. We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner.

It is important that I mention that our weekend is a very busy time for the Phoenix area, the best weather, Spring Training, and many other events. So book your hotel, before they are sold out. The nearby Grand Canyon University, (GCU Hotel on the internet) is the favorite. The 502 Hotel is now closed down. There are other hotels along the NW light rail route that comes from the Phoenix international Airport. Call me for transportation from the Montebello / 19th Ave. light rail terminal stop and for more information about anything, contact me.

Jesse Ybarra 602 321-3675 m677jeep@cs.com

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1963 Tornado Engine Wallingford, CT $500


Maybe someone could use this?

“For sale is an engine from a 1963 willys wagon. The engine is a Tornado 230 and runs. The engine runs well, it is just a little smoky. We assume it may need new rings. Send a message either by text or by email if interested. Looking to get $500 for it.”



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Report From the 2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering

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Roger Martin reported on hi Southwest Ohio FC Gathering last weekend.

He wrote, “Over 30 FC’ers and friends spent part of their weekend at the Third Annual FC Gathering, July 14-16. The weather was hot but dry.  There were 6 visiting FC trucks, one of which was a military M677 and one had a trencher.  There was an early jeep pick-up (and even a 1936 MG Police Car…the only one in the US and one of two in existence.  The owner was in Ohio for a show and stopped by to see the FC’s.  He has an FC170 but did not have it with him.)  There were 11 other FC’s on site for a total of 17 FC trucks in all.  A few parts were traded.”

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2017 PA Jeeps’ Show

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Don shared these pics from 2017 PA Jeeps Show in Pennsylvania. Thanks!





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2017 Willys America Open House and BBQ

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Willys America’s open house and BBQ happened last weekend. Dan Bowermaster was in charge of leading the caravan from San Francisco to the event in Cazadero. Here are some pics. If you have signed up for the Old Willys Forum, you can see more of them:


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The King Family’s 2017 Sweetwater Run

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Thanks go to Jason King for documenting his family’s jeeping adventure from last weekend!


Jason writes, “This past Saturday the King family held our 7th Annual Sweetwater Run Jeep Rally in beautiful Parke County, Indiana (Covered Bridge Capital of the World). Family members came from as far away as Minnesota and Missouri to enjoy this yearly event.


Some of the older jeeps attending this year . . . 


. . . . and some of the newer jeeps.

The morning started off with a timed run on a pre-determined 10-mile route planned out by the hosts of the rally in their 46’ CJ2A some weeks earlier. The plan was for each of the 8 Jeeps to leave 5 minutes apart with at least a driver and navigator. Each navigator had a copy of the mapped route and was responsible for keeping the time clock for their respective vehicle. The the Jeep closest to the official time clocked by the hosts of the rally received a first place prize box full of moon pies. The timed event was enjoyed by all and should continue for years to come.



The timed event was followed by a wonderful cookout on a new Jeep fire pit made by my brother-in-law (he takes orders if anyone is interested). Shortly after the cookout we travelled east through Rockville to Bridgeton passing a few covered bridges along the way, stopped for ice cream and proceeded on to Mansfield Covered Bridge before returning home. Continue reading

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Willys America Open House July 8th, 2017

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UPDATE: Dan’s laid out a caravan schedule for next weekend’s Open House.

Subsitute caravan leader Dan “scramboleer” here. Just a reminder that the Willys America Open House and BBQ is just a few Saturdays away on July 8.

The 2017 Caravan basically takes the morning to drive from Millbrae (south of San Francisco), across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then out through western Wine Country to Cazadero where Willys America hosts an open house and BBQ.

Here are the details:

Begin route on Hwy 280 North.

Stop 1: 8:00 am – 8:15 am Trousdale Exit on northbound Highway 280. (This exit is in Millbrae, meet on the east side parking area after the off ramp). The exit is about 5 miles north of Hwy 92.

Follow 280 North. Take 19th Avenue north through San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge (Hwy 101).

Stop 2: 8:45 am – 9:15 am Golden Gate Bridge vista point. (Located on northeast side of bridge.) Great picture spot!

Continue Hwy 101 north to Petaluma. Exit west onto Lakeville Road., Stop at McDonald’s at the shopping center on Lakeville Rd.

Stop 3: 10:00 am-10:20 am McDonald’s parking lot in Petaluma. (Exit west on 116/Lakeville St. and look for McDonald’s)

Continue on North 101 and exit at Hwy 116 West (Gravenstein Hwy towards Guerneville). Follow Hwy 116 through Forestville, Monte Rio and turn North onto the Cazadero Hwy. Follow Cazadero Hwy until you see Willys America, 6152 Cazadero Highway Cazadero, CA 95421.



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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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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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