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Vintage Trans America Trail Tour in 2020

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Peter Heyniger is organizing a cross-the-US vintage 4×4 tour along the Trans American Trail for the summer of 2020. He’s looking for participants, sponsors, and helpful folks along the route. The tour welcomes vintage jeeps, landcruisers, broncos, and other older 4x4s. He expects that to complete all 5200 miles will take seven to eight weeks; folks have the option of doing all or part of the route.

You can learn more at his website: https://sites.google.com/view/vintagetransamericatrail2020


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2019 Willys-Am-Tegernsee Willys Convention July 12-14

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Ceepee announced this year’s Lake Tegern Willys event. This is one I hope to get to some day.

die Planungen sind abgeschlossen. Der nächste Willys-am-Tegernsee wird vom 12. bis 14. Juli stattfinden.
Der eigentliche Willys-Day in bewährter Weise am Samstag, den 13. Juli.
Eintreffen und gemütliches Beisamensein bereits ab Freitagnachmittag.
Ausklang, kleine Ausfahrt und Brotzeit am Sonntag.

July 12th through 14th we’ll have this year’s Willys-Convention on Lake Tegern.
Save the date and get ready to join in!
Like before the main event will be on Saturday, July 13th.
Beginning on Friday afternoon we’ll have the oppurtunity for jeep talk either on arrival or at the dinner right on the banks of the lake. For those, who want we’ll have another small tour on Sunday morning before we’ll have a Bavarian Brotzeit.

Wie bisher auch Willys MB, Ford GPW und Hotchkiss M201 only!

In der nächsten Zeit wird’s dann weiteres Details geben.

Stay tuned for further details!

Let’s keep’em rolling!

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2019 Jeep Cavalcade in Silang, Philippines

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Roger forwarded a link to photos from this year’s Jeep Cavalcade in Silang. It looks like attendance was good. see all the pics here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10155758622041046&type=3 … fun, and useless, fact: the only VA healthcare facility outside the United States is in the Philippines (US Embassy in Manilla to be exact).


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2019 Jeep Outing in Costa Rica

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Roger shared this story. A group of Costa Rican Jeep friends took their vintage jeeps out for an 2019 adventure to the beach, where they camped at least one night. This is their second ‘Willys Adventure’ together. You can see more pics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Willys-Pasión-Costa-Rica-1726644670912768/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2254856788091551 .  Looks like fun!

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2019 4×4 Somerset, CA, Expedition has a Couple Slots Open

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This upcoming expedition in mid-february of 2019 has a couple slots open for vintage jeeps. Thanks to Blaine for sharing it.


“**** UPDATE**** We have 2 spots that opened up for the full event, but if you want to join the one day snow stage of the Expedition, we start at The Crossroads Cafe, 6032 Grizzly Flat Road, Somerset CA. Be convoy ready at 9. Drivers meeting at 9:30 Saturday Feb 16th. This is a full day in the elements, and we leave by 10.

The 21st Annual Vintage 4×4 Expedition is looking for 10 more pre 1975 vehicles to embark on a 4 day back and logging road expedition. Vintage trucks, buggies, pre war speedsters, military vehicles, motorcycles and other means of vintage back country travel. Period correct pre 75 modifications only. We cap the entries at 40 vehicles, and provide starting locations and specifics to entrants only. This is a hosted semi private event. Be prepared to live out of your classic camping for an entire weekend in the worst weather the Sierras have to offer. Make sure your rig has tow points, recovery gear, and tire chains. This is not a casual run for nut and bolt correct parade vehicles. All vintage mountain equipment is welcome. We have very qualified mechanics, support and heavy off road recovery experience. Nobody will be stranded or left behind.

Day 1, Feb 14th : Thursday. Lafayette to Placerville via backroads.

Day 2: Friday. Foothills trails, vintage tractors, log skidding, tree falling, vintage chainsaws, coonhounds and the legendary Fri Night Bonfire. BYOB

Day 3: Saturday, Attempt to summit the Sierras by logging roads. A full day/ evening of driving in the snow. Return to base camp in Placerville.

Day 4: Sunday, Light trail runs, and break camp.

Willys Jeep 194* 195* 196* Dodge Power Wagon International Scout Land Rover Series Autocar Diamond T Coleman Halftrack Napco Marmon Herrington Land Cruiser”

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2018 Drive Through Gettysburg

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Just one post today. We spent the weekend helping my cousin move, returning later than planned to Pasco.

Roger Martin shared these pics of the group drive through Gettysburg on Saturday. Looks like a beautiful day for exploring the area!

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12th Annual 2018 Mason Dixon Show

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UPDATE: It’s the Mason-Dixon show this weekend. Everyone enjoy themselves!


This year’s Mason Dixon Show will take place October 21st at Union Mills Homestead. However, if the rains return (the Homstead had flooded FIVE times this year), then an alternative will be announced a week before (on Oct 13th).

There will also be two additional events occurring in conjunction with the Gathering. On the evening of October 19th, Merlin Hanson will be holding an open house at his new place in LIttlestown Pennsylvania. On October 20th, Dee Pierini will be leading the annual Gettysburg battlefield drive.

For details on all the events, see Merlin’s blog: https://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/2018-mason-dixon-willys-jeep-gathering/ or go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/209218449654048/

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Blue Ridge Jeep Run 2018

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Some of the folks from Alaska Or Rust got together last weekend for a trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains via Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Rockytop Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, and a few other places (I don’t have a map of their exact route).  If you have Facebook, you can view all the pics Bill Reiss took here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156047526007987&set=a.10156047528832987&type=3&theater

See a sampling of Bill’s photos below:




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Photos From the 2018 Southeast Jeep Get Together

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Maury shared these photos from last weekend’s 2018 Southeast Jeep Get Together. It looks like there was (finally) some good, sunny weather!

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2018 Willys Am Tegernsee (WAT) Convention

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CeePee and the Willys Am Tegernsee (WAT) group had the convention a few weeks ago in Southern Germany. Despite the dry, hot weather for much of the summer, on the day of the convention the weather turned rainy. However, in his post about the event, CeePee reminded readers that “Nasty weather is only considered as another challenge by jeepers. That’s what makes them special too”.

The group welcomed a couple visitors from Australia, one of whom showed the group how to wipe a raw potato across the windshield to keep the rain from sticking to the windshield. You can read more in CeePee’s report, which is written in both German and English.



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2018 Southeast Willys Get Together October 6th

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The Southeast Willys Get Together is only a month away.


1) Our special guest will be Carol Mowry’s 1960 Willys Surrey. Think of Elvis Presley in the movies driving a tropical coral-mist canvas-top Willys.

2) Our “Lunch ‘n Learn” speaker is David James of Ironman Restoration. His family members were among the first to tricked-out jeeps and their business is still going strong today.

3) We’ve got a new T-shirt design. Please order your T-shirt order by September 6 so we’ll have yours ready, at the sign-in table, on October 6.

4) We’ll have some new sponsors in your Goodie Bag, and a few big donations. I won’t tell you what or who just yet. You will have to show up to be as surprised and excited as I am!

5) Local lodging and accommodations can be found on the website at http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/accommodations2.html. Book early, it’s leaf season.

6) Visit http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com to pre-register for lunch, T-shirts (orders due by 9/6/18), tickets, exhibitor and swap-meet space.

7) Same location as in the past: Grace Arts Center; 496 Cardinal Road; Mills River, NC 28759 (3 miles SW of the Asheville, NC Airport)

⏱️ Register today at http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com. I hope to see you in 31 days.

P.S. Trophies are awarded to the “Top Vote Getter” in each Willys category.

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27th Annual Military Vehicle Meet Portland, Indiana, Sept. 14-15th

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TJ shared this event. It will be held next weekend at the Jay County Fairgrounds.


“27th Annual Military Vehicle Show and Swap Meet
September 14 to September 15, 2018
27th Annual Military Vehicle Show and Swap Meet

Military jeeps, trucks, and tanks on display, Living History displays, Museum of the Soldier museum open, vehicles and militaria for sale, parts swap meet, and food. Sponsored by the Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association in coordination with the Museum of the Soldier.

Sponsor: Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association
When: September 14 to September 15, 2018 8AM-6PM
Location: Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E Votaw Street, Portland, IN, 47371″

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2018 Northern Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering SEPT 16th!!

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*** UPDATE: Bob’s just informed me that they have moved the Gathering from Sunday Sept 8th to Sunday Sept 16th due to the predicted heavy rains (4″ predicted) from the remnants of Hurricane Gordon. ***

Bob’s holding his annual Northern Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering on Sunday September 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Contact Bob through Facebook or email him at the email address on the pic below.


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OPVA Raffle Car for 2019: A 1946 CJ-2A

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UPDATE: Here’s the latest link for this event: http://www.oregonpva.org/2019-raffle-vehicle.html

TJ shared the news that a modified 1946 CJ-2A will be raffled in August of 2019 to raise money for the Oregon Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of American. I’m not sure when the tickets will go on sale, but I’ll try to give an update when they do. (The 2018 Raffle vehicle was a 1959 Chevy Truck).

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More 2018 Toledo Jeep Fest Photos

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Bob Christy shared the photos below. For more photos, check out Jef Price’s “Field Photographer” blog. An owner of old jeeps himself, Jef’s blog walks through his use of different lenses using jeeps as subjects.

The “When Wagoneers Roamed the Earth” display looked well done.

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Roger’s Toledo Jeepfest Pics

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Roger shared these photos. More are on their way.
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Toledo Jeep Fest is This Weekend

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toledo-jeep-fest5Thanks to Roger Martin, we have some early pics from the Toledo Jeep Fest. It is happening this weekend.  You can see his FC with the Ottawa Factory Mounted Backhoe on it. He had to work hard to get it ready for this weekend’s event.

We’ll start with Bob Christy’s CJ-3B, which he posted to Facebook (thanks Bob!):


Here are Roger’s pics:

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  1. Engine and block Southern VT $300: https://vermont.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-motors/6637651885.html
  2. Rebuilt M-38 engine (RMC) in generator Colchester, VT $600: https://vermont.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-4-cylinder-military/6662074781.html
  3. CJ-2A Engine Rochester, NY $650: https://rochester.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-jeep-motor/6625843849.html
  4. Engine (L or F?) in Welder Brockport, NY $500: https://rochester.craigslist.org/hvo/d/hobart-welder-with-willys/6638180840.html
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Photos From the 2018 FC Gathering in Ohio

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Roger Martin shared pics from his FC event last weekend. it sounds like everyone had a good time.



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SW Ohio Jeep FC Gathering & Swap Meet in Waynesville

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This weekend is Roger’s FC Gathering In Waynesville, Ohio.

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

There is plenty of room for trucks, trailers, and RV’s (no RV hook-ups). There is an RV Campground and one-room cabins about a mile away.

These are the nearest places to stay:
-Frontier Campground. Waynesville, OH 45068 937-488-1127
-Creekwood Motel of Waynesville 513-897-1000
-Ramada Inn Xenia 937-372-9921

Bring your FC’s and FJ Step Vans, whether they’re cleaned or still have on their “work clothes” right out of the field. Let’s see what you have…running or not. Bring your extra parts for sale or trade. It would be nice to see photos of your project, in progress or completed.


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Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collector Rally This Weekend

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Tim wanted us to know that the Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collector Rally is happening this weekend in Weare, NH. The show features vendors with jeep parts and military surplus, etc. along with a wide variety of very interesting military vehicles both old and new, including a number of beautiful jeeps, WWII-Vietnam. The show is open to the public Friday and Saturday, 7/27 & 7/28.

Learn more here: http://mvmvc.org/weare-rally/


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Pics from the Pennsylvania All Breeds Jeep Show

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Don shared these pics from this weekend’s all breeds jeep show in York, Pennsylvania. Apparently, it poured on Saturday; Sunday, when these pics were taken, was much nicer.





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23rd Fall Willys Reunion Sept 7&8 in Fulton, MO

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Art shared this announcement regarding this year’s Fall Willys reunion in Fulton, Missouri, at the Auto World Museum.

“This is our 23rd year of the Reunion, and it is open to the public, and all makes, models, and years of Jeep are welcome.  If you register for the Reunion, entrance to the Auto World Museum is free.  We hold a wonderful banquet on Saturday evening with door and raffle prizes.  There are also vendors attending to sell new and used Jeep parts.  There is also the Off-road trail rides.”


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2018 Willys America Open House

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This past weekend was the 2018 Willys America Open House. Thanks to Paul Barry for hosting and for Scramboleer Dan for posting photos and reports at the Old Willys Forum. You can see all the photos here (you must be logged in to see most of the photos). I’ve posted a few pics below.


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Jeep at the 2018 Bad Sachsa Schützenfest

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A distant relative of mine was vacationing in Bad Sachsa, Germany, when he spotted this jeep. They city has an annual Schützenfest that includes a parade.


It looks like the same jeep was in the 2017 parade.