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Willys Rally’s Essential Workers T-Shirt

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Thanks go to Joe-in-Mesa for sending me one of the Willys Rally Essential Workers T-Shirt. I think this t-shirt is a pretty clever way to marry the pandemic with the old Willys workhorses (you can order one here).

This year’s Willys Rally is currently scheduled for May 14-16, 2021, in Moab, Utah. You can learn more at the Willys Rally website.

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Report from the 2021 Parker Arizona Military Event

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Joe-in-Mesa filed this report from last weekend’s Parker Military Vehicle Display and Swap Meet in Parker, Arizona.

The inaugural Parker event was a great time, and very relaxing. No signal to speak of at the display area and campsite along the river, so we actually just communicated with one another with no outside world interruptions. Signal was normal once you got out onto highway 95 and back at our hotel in Parker.  The highlight for me was a true “Bucket List” item: trail ride to The Desert Bar (Nellie E. Saloon) Saturday afternoon. I also enjoyed the Friday night dinner and presentation about the WWII desert training areas Patton established in that area, mostly Arizona and California.

Here is a rest stop pic of the convoy to Parker with us up front (first time towing BOTH my WWII jeeps – new truck and trailer) and my friend David Webster with his MB and trailer.

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Parker, Arizona, is located along the Colorado River on the western edge of Arizona.

Below are my wife Jan and David mugging during set up day one with my jeeps sporting the awesome covers I got from Ian Liljeblad (www.bigwillyjeep.com)

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Lots of vendors displayed parts and militaria.  Military Vehicles on display were mostly 1/4 ton to 3/4 ton (more than 2 dozen).

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Friends’ jeeps and a mule (far left) parked for the dinner and presentation on Friday night about the WWII Desert Training Area by a Yuma Proving Ground museum curator. 

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The weather was perfect. On Friday evening we enjoy this beautiful sunset over the Colorado River looking west from the La Paz County Campgrounds, Parker, Arizona.

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Harmony, PA, Made-in-Pennsylvania Car Show March 27-April 11

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If you have some time, you might want to check out the Bantam BRC-40 that will be included in a made-in-Pennsylvania 5-car auto show at the Harmony Museum in Harmony, Pennsylvania. The show is scheduled to last from March 27-April 11. From the website, it looks like a pretty neat place. It looks like we have another place to visit on our next trip to Pennsylvania!

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March 18-21 Parker Military Vehicle Display and Swap Meet

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UPDATE:  This Parker, Arizona, event begins this Friday. I’m sorry I can’t be down there to support Joe and the rest of the group, as this would be a nice break from our craziness here, but if all goes well and the event is held next year, we will make an effort to be down there (then head to the final FC Roundup, assuming it’s held in March of 2022). 

(02/16/2021) Joe-in-Mesa forwarded plans for a military vehicle display and swap meet next month over the weekend of March 18-21 at La Pax County Park in Parker, Arizona. The weather should be beautiful that time of year.Here is the basic information.

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A PDF version of the below application can be downloaded here:

 
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2021 Willys Reunion is Scheduled for May 21-22 in Aurora, OH

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The 2021 Willys Reunion has confirmed it will take place May 21-22 in Aurora, Ohio, this year. My lovely bride and I won’t be able to make it, but hopefully we’ll be more settled in 2022 and can visit at that time. Maybe we can even bring one of our jeeps next time!

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Ron Fitzpatrick Open House Sunday May 23, 2021

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Ron’s holding an open house, a military vehicle show and sale, this year on May 23, 2021, in Central Point, Oregon.

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2021 Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering October 18th

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The 14th annual Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering is still being held at Union Mills on October 18th. You can learn more at https://unionmills.org/events/mason-dixon-jeep-gathering/

“Come out and see a large collection of Willys and Jeeps at the historic Union Mills Homestead. Since 2008, this is one of the largest vintage Jeep shows on the East Coast. This year is the 14th Anniversary of this annual event. See World War II and Korean War era military Jeeps and the civilian Jeeps and utility vehicles that are the grandfathers of today’s Jeeps & SUVs.

Jeeps can be entered into one of three categories at the show: Best Military Jeep, Best CJ (Civilian Jeep) and Best Non-Jeep. The non-jeep category features Willys trucks and station wagons. Everyone in attendance will vote on each of the three categories to name the winners.”

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Photos from the 2020 FC Jamboree

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Congrats to Dan for successfully staging the 2020 FC Jamboree. He had a good showing despite 2020’s challenges. Here are some pics from the event (and more can be seen on Facebook).

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2020 FC Jamboree Still on Track to Be Held Sept 11-12

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UPDATE: This weekend is the FC Jamboree. The theme is “sick” FCs; some dark humor for some these pandemic-days.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1003832893384124/

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2020 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering & Swap Meet

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Roger Martin’s Southwest Ohio FC Gathering is taking place this weekend. He shared a few pics from yesterday.

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July 25th Auction Des Moines, IA

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This might be of interest to those in the area.

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Spring Reunion Rescheduled for June 19-20, 2020

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Bob Christy has announced that the Spring Reunion has been pushed back to June 19-20. Depending on how COVID-19 events unfold, there may be further alterations or even outright cancellation of the event. So, stay tuned!

http://www.willysreunion.com/swr20.htm

“Due to the current COVID-19 Restrictions…

The Spring Reunion is now Re-Scheduled to June 19-20, 2020

I spoke with the hotel and they are working with minimal staff under the current restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio.

The person I spoke to (Frank) was going to move all of the room reservations to the new dates. If you cannot make it to the show on the new dates and need to cancel your room there will be no penalty.

If you have already registered for the show, your registration is still valid, so you need to do nothing.

As of right now, the show will go on as planned, however, state restrictions in place at the time of the show may force us to make decisions on:

Dinner
Guest Speaker
T shirts
outright cancellation

It’s our sincere hope that by June everything will be back to normal and we can hold the show as planned, but of course like everyone else, we will not know that for many more weeks.

On Behalf of everyone that helps to run this show, including Art, Mindy, Jpet, Scott, Kevin, Bill, and myself we wish all of you health and happiness during this time and we hope to see you all soon.

 
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March 25-28, 2021: A New Date for The Last Jeep FC-Roundup

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Latest news: March 25-28, 2021
Is the newest planned date for the last and final Phoenix FC-Roundup
Andrea and I are really hoping that by then our World is cured of the Coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding. Andrea and I, personally invite all owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and FleetVans to this ‘Most Excellent’ International event. There is no charge to attend this event. All parking on this property is limited to Jeep FC and Jeep FJ only Vehicles, first come Street parking for all others.

During this extended weekend, you can expect to see and learn more by talking to other owners, take lots of pictures. Bring your imagination and any FC related items to display, such as toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, manuals, literature, magazines with FC articles, and even a few FC related tools will be on display.

See also new FC reproduction parts and event items, hats and T-shirts will be available for you to buy. We welcome and we are always very grateful for any FC related donation for the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday afternoon are the free XXL BBQ Hot Dogs with chips and chili pinto beans and much more. Free daily refreshments all the time.

One of the best things that happens everyday is that you get to drive your own FC or ride with someone, daily we have FC group driven cruising and go out to breakfast and out to dinner. We also offer pickup and deliver transportation to and from the light rail, that connects to the Phoenix International Airport Terminals.

Start making your GCU Motel or any local reservations now. For any additional questions. Please call, text or email. Jesse or Andrea (602) 321-3675 m677jeep@cs.com

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18th Annual and Final FC-Roundup End of March, 2020

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The last week in March is the final time Jesse and Andrea will be hosting the FC-Roundup. I will be down there for sure, but Ann may not make it this time. However, in her place may be my oldest son. So, we’ll see how things go. I look forward to seeing everyone down there!

http://thefcconnection.com/2020_fc_roundup_information.htm

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“Andrea and I, personally invite all Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and Jeep FleetVans. This will be the Last  “Most Excellent” FC-Only International event in Phoenix. There is no charge for the event. On this property, all parking is limited to Jeep FC / FJ Only.  

Learn and see a lot more in a weekend, see how other FCs and FleetVans look, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your imagination and any FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, or manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts, special tools will also be on display. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available.

There is no charge for the event. We welcome and 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 XXL 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.

We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner. We offer transportation to and from the nearest lightrail station that connects to Phoenix International Airport.  Make your reservations now for the GCU Hotel and other hotels nearby.”

 
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2020 Willys Jeep Rally May 29-30 College Corner, OH

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This year’s Willys Jeep Rally will be held May 29 & 30 at Hueston Wood Lodge in College Corner, OH. WEBSITE: www.mw-willysjeep.com

THE WILLYS JEEP RALLY
MAY 29 &30, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HUESTON WOODS LODGE
COLLEGE CORNER, OH 45003
Show for all years, makes & models of Jeep, swap meet, food, hats & shirts for sale.
Only Jeep event to feature Jeeps with PTO attachments working in fields plowing, discing, grinding, mowing, operating backhoe, etc.
CONTACT: Rick Riley, 513-423-8724, email: rickieriley @ att.net”

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Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering on Sunday

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Don’t forget about the Mason-Dixon Jeep Gathering this Sunday, October 20th, in Union Mills, Maryland.

https://www.facebook.com/events/union-mills-homestead/mason-dixon-jeep-gathering/209218449654048/

Here’s a pic from the 2014 event posted a few years ago as part of a Baltimore Sun article:

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Chad Hutzell, Ed Smiley and Art Mulkey get a look at a 1946 CJ2A belonging to Adam and Frank Buck of Gettysburg, Pa. during the 8th annual Mason-Dixon Willys Jeep Gathering at Union Mills Homestead Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

 
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2019 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together Oct 5

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This Saturday (Oct 5) is the Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Learn more or register at the website: http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com. Will also has a group on Facebook.

 

 
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CFFC Fall Colors Tour (Sept 15-20)

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UPDATE: My bad. I believe that only members of that FB group can see the video. When I clicked on the link it opened just fine.

This year’s Fall Color Tour in Colorado (Sept 15-20) is currently ongoing. This past weekend Lew was provided the rare opportunity to test drive a Davis 3-wheeled prototype Jeep Car. Here are a few screen shots from the video.

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Pics From the 2019 FC Jamboree

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Dan Devries’ FC Jamboree is happening this weekend in Lake Mills, Iowa. Here are some pics from Dan along with some pics from Dave.

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Fall Willys Jeep Reunion This Weekend

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The Fall Willys Jeep Reunion will be this weekend. There’s a good story in the Fulton Sun about the upcoming 24th Annual event.

http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2019/sep/07/willys-jeep-reunion-returns-auto-world-museum/794071/

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FC Jamboree Sept 13-14 2019

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Just one update tonight.

Dan Devires plans to hold his FC Jamboree again this year on September 13-14 in Lake Mills, Iowa. It should be a great time! I wish I could be there; instead I’m cleaning out my mother’s basement for the next few days.

http://thefcconnection.com/3rd_annual_fc_jamboree.htm

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Photos From the Muddy Buddies Jeep Club Jam

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This weekend the Ohio-based jeep club “Muddy Buddies” held a Jeep Jam at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. Roger Margin dropped by to take some photos. Some of the photos include a jeep that participated in TheRoadChoseMe.com, a 53,726 mile trip around Africa:

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Day 15 Aug 16: The Sun Has Set On Newfoundland 2019

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<–  Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums | The Sun Has Set on Newfoundland 2019

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Early Friday morning, the Newfoundland 2019 crew disbanded. I believe Joe left first; he’s headed back to Maryland to reunite with Emily and their son. The Ogles and Ingrums departed soon after Joe; they are headed back to the Paris of Illinois. Jim, Kevin and Bill left a little later.

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Exiting the island didn’t quite go smoothly for Jim and Kevin, as they succumbed to a clogged fuel filter. But, forty-five minutes later, they were back on the road.

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I’d guess everyone is still a couple days from arriving at home. If there are any additional reports, I’ll share them. Otherwise, Newfoundland 2019 is a wrap.

Thanks to everyone who met up with the Newfoundland crew, provided local advice, and followed along the journey. I know the crew really enjoyed meeting you all and, as Cowboy said in one of his Facebook comments, it renews faith in people as you meet folks from all walks of life. From my perspective, being able to meet people on our trips always makes traveling so much more satisfying.

Finally, many thanks to Bill for spearheading this trip. I wish more of his fellow Alaska Or Rusters could have joined, but if not in body and jeep, we were there in spirit, following along with each photo you sent and each tale you spun. I believe we all agree that there will be another grand journey together at some point and we have a couple ideas percolating.

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Friday morning as Joe pull’s into the US border.

<–  Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums | The Sun Has Set on Newfoundland 2019

 
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Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums

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The crew spent the day driving and walking beaches; yep, they were pretty much beach bums. Good for them! Bill’s uncle is hosting them on his property on Prince Edward Island.

Below, Joe and Scott are enjoying the beaches:

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Day 13 Aug 14: Let The Sun Shine

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<–  Day 12 Aug 13: Alternator Blues | Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums –>

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Joe’s relaxing on a beautiful Price Edward Island evening!

The crew started Wednesday morning in Nova Scotia. Their plan was to head for Prince Edward Island via the ferry. Then, they found a place to camp at High Bank, PEI.

2019-08-14-hyclass-highbank-mapThe day began with a beautiful morning. Below, you can see Joe’s CJ-3B hiding behind a tree as the sun breaks over it.

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The crystal blue sky frames this photo of Scott and Kathy nicely:

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However, some of the crew had gotten a little bit too much sun, which led to a .. well … I’m just not sure what is going on here … bonding? Greco-Roman wrestling?

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