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

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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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Postcards of Tour Jeeps in Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Derek Redmond of the CJ-3B page shared these images from postcards on some European auction sites. It appears there are still 4×4 trips related to Canigou, which appears to be in the Pyrenean Mountains
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Andorra Land Rover Canigou France

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Jeep Parts Rocking Chair

• CATEGORIES: Features

Roger shared this jeep-themed rocking chair that he saw on Facebook. Anyone know whose it is?


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The Jeep Tamer by Arthur Bartlett

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article about Charles Sorenson was published in the Evening Star in conjunction with “My Life with a Jeep” on July 15, 1945. The issue also included a photo of the newly release CJ-2A (which didn’t scan well into black and white).



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1945 Cartoon “An Episode at Cape Gloucester”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

This February 08, 1945, cartoon published in the Roanoke Rapids Herald shares the tale of four GIs in Cape Glousester, New Britain.

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1948 Ad for the Jeep Station Sedan

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This advertisement for Willys-Overland’s newest ‘Jeep’ Station Sedan was published April 18, 1948, in the Sunday Star.


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4-Corners Postcard With Wagon Towing Airstream

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

That looks like a big trailer for that wagon. It must have tested the brakes.

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“A Vintage printed postcard as described in title



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1949 Voice of America Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Terry pointed out that this same vehicle, a SPEN self-sustaining motion picture unit, appears in a Willys Industrial Equipment book brochure. Here it is below:



Talk about a rare jeep. Anyone ever seen one of these (if there are any left). It’s a specially outfitted jeep for the State Department for carrying the story of America to the world. The first pics below were from a September 1949 issue of Popular Science, while the newspaper article was carried in the Sunday Star on Sunday, April 17, 1949.

From the September 1949 issue of Popular Science:
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From the Sunday Star, April 17, 1949:


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Postcard of CJ-5 at Beaver Lake Lodge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

This Beaver Lake Lodge CJ-5 in Marble, Colorado, was setup for tours. I wished there was a better photo of the jeep.

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“This is a Vintage Original Postcard, all the cards we sell are in VG or better condition, there are no tears or creases, unless otherwise noted in the item description. The MATCHSETS mark on the listing image is an online watermark only, never on the original item you will receive . All the postcards listed are STANDARD SIZE CARDS 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ unless otherwise noted”

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Our Gang Ice Racers Get Some TV Exposure

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos • TAGS: .

The local Denver CBS Affiliate covered the Our Gang Ice Racers.

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The ‘Jeep’ Caravan Ad from 1947

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This ad for a ‘Jeep’ Caravan was published in The Wilmington Morning Star on November 04, 1947.


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Barrett Jackson Surrey MB

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Colin spotted this Surrey-fied MB at Barrett Jackson yesterday. He also saw the “Tender” that was posted last month there.


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1941 Article about the New Jeeps

This article was published in the May 20, 1941, issue of the Evening Star. It’s rare to see a Willys MA in newspaper photos.



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1944 Photo of MacArthur Returning to the Philippines

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo was published in the November 12, 1944, issue of the Evening Star.


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1947 ‘One Versatile Vehicle for 1001 Jobs’ Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ‘One Versatile Vehicle for 1001 Jobs’ ad was published in the March 28, 1947, issue of the Wilmington Morning Star.


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1945 Photo of Toy Jeeps w/ Real Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This is all for today (well this and the two videos below). We are still out camping.

These toy jeeps were part of the Seventh War Loan drive. Given the date this was published (July 19, 1945), could these have been the early Al-Toy jeeps?



And, here’s a video highlighting the Seventh War Loan Drive (that includes the Iwo Jima sculpture unveiling).

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Alan Hassell’s 1955 M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Panama City, Florida’s, News Herald featured this video and story about Alan Hassell’s M-38A1.


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New Industry at Willys Overland’s Former Property

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This news report from Toledo shared the news that Willys Overland’s former plant property is now being used by the Dana Corp and others.


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Mac Wood’s Dune Shooters

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

They aren’t jeeps, but these rigs surf the Silver Lake sand dunes with passengers, and have been doing so since 1930. I’ve included some post cards of older dune tour vehicles below. To see all pics, or to schedule your next dune ride, check out Mac Wood’s Dune Rides here.

  1. **SOLD** Was on eBay.
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Ford Authority’s Ford Jeep ‘History’

• CATEGORIES: Features

This article takes some liberties with jeep history.



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1943 American Car Company Ad

This May 23, 1943, American Car Company Ad was published in the Evening Star, out of Washington, D. C.. Given Bantam lost the production contract in 1941, it seems an unusual ad, especially many folks probably hadn’t heard of nor seen a Bantam vehicle.


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1950s Postcard of Salty Johns, Junior and Their Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

UPDATE: Here’s another postcard of Salty Johns on eBay.

This postcard shows Salty Johns, his dog Junior, and his “Flashy” jeep. Salty’s real name was Vernon Johns. He worked as the Audubon Society Wildlife Warden for Lydia Ann Island. He also brought some color to the Port Aransas, Texas, beaches. That sure is an unusual bumper setup.

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1945 “Jeep is Here” Announcement

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This October 3, 1945, ad from Willys-Overland was published in the Evening Star, based in Washington, D.C.. The ad announces the appointment of Willys of Washington as an area distributer.


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Jeep Motor Powered Weed Cutter

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

A Popular Science March 1954 photo and caption highlighted the use of a jeep engine as the driver of a centrifugal pump that creates a water jet capable of powering an aquatic mower.


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1959 IKA Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The price has been dropped to $11.25 (plus $4.95 shipping) for this 4-page brochure.

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“1959 Willys Jeep Estanciera Sales Brochure & Specifications In Spanish Text.
The inside pages have several illustrations of the Jeep doing various jobs.
The back page has a list of specifications.
Pages: 4
Details: W 8.5 x H 11 x D 0.1”