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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

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

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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2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 14-16

• CATEGORIES: Event, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

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. His phone number is 937-477-5270 (call anytime) and email address is rogerjm55@gmail.com.


Roger Martin will be hosting his 3rd Annual Southwest Ohio FC Gathering on July 14-16 this year.

He writes, “This is a personal invitation to a Jeep “FC only” event in the “Midwest.” We hope to see all FC owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and Jeep Fleet Vans in July. Come with or without your Jeep Forward Control or Fleet Vans. See these rare vehicles, talk about your project, and meet other collectors.

There’s plenty of room for trucks, trailers, RV’s (no RV hook-ups), primitive camping, and even semi-trucks. An RV park that, also, has cabins is 1 ½ miles away. Waynesville (6 miles south) is the Antique Capital of the Midwest and there is a motel there. Xenia (10 miles north) has three motels. I live 25 miles southeast of Dayton, OH. Dayton International Airport is about 45 minutes away. Watch for updates and comments.”

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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

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine

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

• CATEGORIES: Event, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

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


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Merlin’s Southeast Willys Get Together Report

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Merlin attended the Southeast Willys Get Together. He wrote that it went well. You can read his entire report here: https://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/first-annual-southeast-willys-jeep-get-together/


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2016 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together

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UPDATE: The event is this weekend!

Will Springer is holding the first annual Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together October 1st, 2016. If you want to know more, check out his website or contact him via email or Facebook:

E-mail: wills@southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com
Website: http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/contact-us.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southeastwillysjeepgettogether/?ref=bookmarks


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Video from Dan’s Military FC Show

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Craig and Steve did a video tour in “Marilyn” (his new FC Van) of the FCs at Dan’s Military FC Show. Pretty impressive.

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Bob Christy’s Ohio Flatfender Gathering

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Bob’s gathering was this past weekend. He shared these photos. Looks like it was great weather for the event.

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Dan’s Military FC Show Next Weekend Sept. 17-18

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Next weekend Dan’s hosting an FC gathering at his place in Marengo, IL. Though it is branded a military FC event, all FCs are welcome. Contact Dan for more information.


Some of Dan’s FCs are heading for Illinois right now. Here are some of the photos:

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Great American Jeep Rally Sept. 17, Ellington, CT



Tim let me know that the Great American Jeep Rally will happen on September 17 in Ellington, Connecticut. You can learn more here: http://www.jeeprally.org


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Saturday @ The Races

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Jeff Miller’s newly built race jeep.

Saturday morning in Ethel started with a driver’s meeting at 8:30am. This has been standard practice for decades, the intent being to let driver’s know of any changes to the schedule, heats, classes, and courses. Some folks always have a skip in their step, others, like me, not born as morning folks, view it as the crack of dawn. Eventually my caffeine kicked in and things began to make sense.

After the driver’s meeting is a parade of jeeps, something that I never remember doing. Most of the racers line up and slowly drive the obstacle course. Not only do you get to see the course first hand, but it seems like a great group activity.


The line was pretty long. If you look near the top of the photo you can see the beginning of the parade of jeeps.


The jeeps returning from their loop on the track.

Here’s a short video:

Once the parade was finished it was time to race. About that time, the drizzle began to fall, adding some extra water to the already muddy track. The kids lined up to race first. During that time Jeff Miller introduced himself to me. We’d exchanged emails not long after I started eWillys. At that time he shared his Jewel’s Stainless Jeep with readers. Jeff has been a regular reader of eWillys since.

For much of the 1990s Jeff raced a jeep, but then he put racing on hold. It wasn’t until this year that he finally assembled another racing so he could reenter the sport. Like me, he’s fond of the Bobcat and Parkette bodies, so it’s no surprise that his race uses a Parkette shell. The jeep is a little more old school, powered by a 331 Stroker connected to a Ford Toploader and Dana 20. Not much is jeep other than that Dana 20. The hood is a piece of aluminum that a shop rolled for him so the angles from the grille to the body would look correct. It’s a nifty, clean piece. Holding the hood to the fenders are some original, stamped, Jewels stainless latches. As you can imagine, my shirt was wet from my drool. It’s a beautiful rig and it’s obvious he’s proud of it.

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Overbored Racing & R.A.C.E’s End of Summer Race

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On of the racing jeeps getting ready on Friday.

Yesterday I made my way from the warm dry eastern Washington desert to the ‘wet’ side of the State. I was not surprised when I hit light rain as I approached the western slope of the Cascades.


At the top of 4500ft White Pass. Beyond the motorhome is the White Pass Ski Area. Let the rain commence!

However, by the time I arrived at the Ethel property where Overbored Racing & R.A.C.E are holding their Labor Day Weekend race, the rain abated, replaced with some sun. Hopefully the weather holds!



My camping spot for the next couple of nights.

I’m here at the invitation of Rob Stafford, who suggested I attend, baiting me with a couple of rides in a race jeep. That’s a hard thing for me to pass up. I haven’t raced since 1986- Memorial Day 1986, not that I’m counting or anything-and I still miss it. Thanks to my mother-in-law, whose motorhome I borrowed, I could attend. Sadly, Ann isn’t with me as she had a prior engagement in Spokane. Continue reading

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Photos From the 2016 Toledo JeepFest

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Bob Christy took these photos from last weekend’s 2016 Toledo JeepFest.

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