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/.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.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.”
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.
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.
There are a variety of events already scheduled for 2017. These are in order of occurrence:
- March 24-26: The 14th Annual FC Roundup in Phoenix, Arizona. A great event for FC and FJ owners.
- 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.
- May 19-21: 8th Annual Willys Rally in Moab, Utah. This wagon and truck focused event continues to grow in popularity.
- June 11: The Great Willys Picnic, Kempton, Pennsylvania. This pre-1970 jeep day-event includes a car show and swap meet.
- June 9-11: Bantam Fest, Butler, Pennsylvania.If you like jeeps of all types, there’s nothing bigger.
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.
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.
Jim Allen published a great review of Dan Horenburger’s Military FC Gathering. With Dan’s passing, this article takes on a special significance.
This year’s Willys Moab Overland Rally will be taking place May 19-21, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.willysrally.com
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/
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:
Craig and Steve did a video tour in “Marilyn” (his new FC Van) of the FCs at Dan’s Military FC Show. Pretty impressive.
Bob’s gathering was this past weekend. He shared these photos. Looks like it was great weather for the event.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Bob Christy took these photos from last weekend’s 2016 Toledo JeepFest.
Bob Christy landed on top of a Toledo Blade article providing build up to this weekend’s Toledo Jeepfest in Toledo: http://www.toledoblade.com/Automotive/2016/08/07/The-wind-in-your-hair-and-a-grille-full-of-mud.html
The Toledo Blade published a second article as well: http://www.toledoblade.com/Automotive/2016/08/07/Jeep-was-indispensable-to-Allied-victory.html
Paul Tople shot these photos at the 2016 Experimental Aviation Association’s “Airventure” in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
UPDATE: Some additional photos of the event, including the t-shirts, have been added.
This past weekend was the 2016 SW Ohio Jeep FC Gathering at Roger Martin’s place. Unfortunately, the threat of rain keep some folks away. Given the rain that fell in Maryland over the weekend, there was good reason for concern. However, the rain pretty much skipped over Roger’s place. Roger has some t-shirts left over that are for sale. You can see them at the end of this post. Call Roger at 937-477-5270 for more info.
One of the stars of the show was Craig Brockhaus’s newly acquired FC from Sweden named “Marilyn”. It has only been in the US for 16 days, so very few folks have had a chance to inspect it. “Marilyn” started right up and purred like a kitten. It was part of a photo shoot/video on the property.
Jim Allen, writer/author, enjoyed his inspection of the van. He was asking questions and taking pictures.
Bill Robinette (and son, Ed) brought his Jeepster. Bill is the original owner. He bought it new in 1950. The story goes, ” Ed had a 1948 CJ 2a, which was their only transportation. One day it was raining and his wife said her feet were getting wet so they went to the Jeep dealer, Marshall Brothers, in Alpha, Ohio to get an new rubber seal. Instead, they got a new rubber seal with everything that goes around it. Ed drove it to school and wanted to put a big engine in it, but his dad wouldn’t let him. It is still original.”
Greg Houk brought an FC170 with a Auburn trencher and blade on the front, along with an FC-150 with a Shriner’s jeep on the back.
Richard Kimball brought his FC Firetruck on Friday. Roger’s 9 FC’s were scattered about. He has 8 FC170’s (5 are DRW), and 1 FC150.
UPDATE: Roger wanted to alert those people coming to his FC event this weekend that there’s been a road closure:
My road, Roaxanna New Burlington Rd. which connects SR 42 and SR 380, is closed just after the intersection off SR 42
- State Route 42 (closed between Lebanon and Waynesville)
- Roxanna New Burlington Road immediately off
SR 42, 1 mile before my place
From Xenia and SR 35, it would be easiest to take SR 380 south out of Xenia. Go about 10 miles and turn right onto Roxanna New Burlington Road My place is about 3 miles on the left. The driveway is directly across from Houston Rd.
From Interstate 71 (Cincinnati/Columbus) take SR 73, Exit 45, east toward the gas stations and red light (SR 380); Turn north (toward Xenia). Roxanna New Burlington Road is about 6 miles…on the left. My place is about 3 miles on the left. The driveway is directly across from Houston Rd.
From Interstate 75 (Cincinnati/Dayton) take the Springboro exit onto SR 73 east. Stay on SR 73 through Waynesville, over Caesar Creek Lake, across Interstate 71 toward the gas stations and red light (SR 380); Turn north (toward Xenia). Roxanna New Burlington Road is about 6 miles…on the left. My place is about 3 miles on the left. The driveway is directly across from Houston Rd.
If you are using a GPS…other roads that are nearby are: Spring Valley/Paintersville Rd.…connects to Cornstalk….connects to Houston (across from my place).
My address is: 1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road, Waynesville, OH 45068.
Need directions call: Roger at 937-477-5270 or Sharon at: 513-312-6390.
The second annual Jeep Forward Control Gathering happens this weekend, July 29, 30, 31, in Waynesville, Ohio. There’s also more information at http://thefcconnection.com/jeep_forward_control_meet_-_ohio_-_july_29-31,_2016.htm.