This collection of video outtakes was filmed September 9, 1943, in downtown Philadelphia. It includes some famous motion picture actors riding in jeeps like Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, James Cagney, Greer Garson, Judy Garland, Dick Powell, Paul Henreid, and Harpo Marx.
It seems the Americans waited until after they landed in France to start teaching some of the GIs how to speak French. Lacking blackboards, they turned to the underside of a jeep hood. The following Fox Movietone silent video clip is a collection of outtakes. The blackboard lesson begins at the 16:22 mark and lasts about a minute.
The October 26, 1943, Fox Movietone featured a one minute clip about a Toledo, Ohio, Fire Jeep. It appears to be built on a Willys MB Slat Grille. The clip appears at the 6:53 mark of the video. I managed to get a few still images:
Lots of jeep action. They drive the jeeps pretty hear near the end. At about the 8:30 mark there some hard driving video. The jeeps were bouncing pretty hard!
From archive.org: “Not the greatest film quality. National Archives description: “A 4.2″ mortar fires high explosive and phosphorus shells which explode on targets. Transportation of mortar and ammunition in large truck (10 men-10 rounds) is compared with that of a jeep towing a trailer bearing a mortar and ammunition (2 jeeps-6 men-48 rounds). Jeep and trailer units are tested at various speeds and on all types of terrain, fire mortars from barge landing craft as an island is approached, drive off barge, and are freed from ditches and other obstacles by their crews.”
National Archives Identifier: 24456”
This archive.org Signal Corps video has some good shots of jeeps along with the everyday life of a photographer/videographer. Here’s the original link: https://archive.org/details/ADC-4647
A reader forwarded this unusual truck that’s been modified with all kinds of camping conveniences. The narrator isn’t always easy to understand, but the truck is interesting.
Jesse forwarded me these videos for your viewing pleasure. He’s already planning for 2016. You don’t see two FC M-679s butting head often!
Also, don’t forget these FC events coming up this year:
July 24-26 in the MidWest, WaynesVille, Ohio.
July 31st – August 1st – 2nd Tacoma, WA
Glenn forwarded this video that was posted on the CJ-2A page some years ago. It’s a report from Colombia showing how jeeps are still used. Neat video.
Straight from our Jakarta bureau comes this video about a ‘Jiffy jeep’ team that could use a little more practice. However, what they lack in speed, they make up for in enthusiasm. The event was part of the Parjo 2015. If you are up on your Indonesian language skills, then you can read the story in full.
If you’ve never seen a Jiffy Jeep quickly disassembled and reassembled, then you’ll enjoy this link: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/quick-disassemble/
Roberto Flores spotted a CJ-2A in the movie Flight from Ashiya. It´s a 1964 movie about the US Air Force Rescue Service with Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzie Parker, Shirley Knight and Danièle Gaubert.
All 142 minutes is on Youtube. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Roberto reports you can see the CJ-2A at 40:44 and again at 42:04.
Saw this video on Willys Jeep Rally’s Facebook page:
Posted by Nando Thais Silvoni on Sunday, February 8, 2015
This 2014 video by Motor Trend includes a visit to a private collector in Marin County, California, who owns a Bantan BRC-40, a Ford GPA Seep, other jeeps, and other military equipment.
Guy spotted this great time-lapse video of a Chevrolet V-8 rebuild.
In anticipation of the 2015 FC Roundup in Phoenix, Craig Brockhaus compiled this great FC Music Video from past Roundup photos taken by Scott Lehman.
I spotted this Amsterdam video with jeeps on this Facebook page. It shows a jeep helping manage traffic following WWII.
Buz sent me a note about the Rescued Film Project Archive. The Project finds undeveloped canisters of film and works to restore them. They have an online archives. Recently, they found thirty-one rolls from WW II. A few of those rolls include jeeps (seen below).
Check out this video about the WWII archive: http://vimeo.com/116735360
George spotted this video. It shows that FC-170 from SEMA racing down the road on its tracks. Nice interior shots of it.
I think these people are nuts! One slip and you’d get run over by a fancy car, which doesn’t help the pain. No jeeps on the video, but you might remember the similar sport of Jeep-Joring.
John spotted this video. There aren’t any jeeps, but there is some off road action in 1930s Fords. A fun video to watch.
“This evocative film from the early 1930s takes the viewer on a journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, giving them to opportunity to see all manner of Ford vehicles from that period in action. This includes Ford Populars and V8s through to trucks, tractors and even boats — all using Ford engines. We see some impressive off-road action alongside nostalgic views of the British countryside along the way.”
Colin forwarded this Antique Automobile Club of America list of old car movies, ads and other video related items. I couldn’t get it to work in the Safari browser on my Mac last night, but it worked find in Firefox.
Yesterday I noticed an FC commercial making the rounds on Facebook, one I hadn’t previously seen. It turned out to be a shortened version that Brendan from the-old-jeep has posted back in 2010. I’m sure some others out there didn’t see it either. It’s a good one that starts with a comedy routine and then shows an FC-150 & 170 hard at working towing vehicles.
Robin spotted this jeep for the jeep collector with almost everything.
“Original Item: Only One Available. The Ford GPA ‘Seep’ (Seagoing Jeep) was an amphibious version of the WWII Ford GPW Jeep. Only 12,778 were ever produced making this one of the most rare military vehicles in existence today.
This particular example was awarded the highest-level GOLD AWARD with a rating of 99.007% at the 2011 MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) National Convention in Dayton Ohio, making this the finest GPA in existence on earth.
It has been restored to 100% original factory unissued parts in exacting detail. It runs flawlessly both on land and in water and will be the focal point of any collection. The Jeep has all matching serial numbers (#22741) and was delivered to the Army on 11/4/1942. It was found, rebuilt and restored by former president of the MVPA, master restorer David Welch owner of Ramshorn Creek Restorations. It has no equal and should actually be in the Smithsonian (if they didn’t already have one, still ours is better!).
This GPA has clear title and is currently registered in the state of New Jersey as an antique. It is 100% street legal and transferable. Transportation within the continental USA is included in the purchase price. Overseas customers must contact us for a quote.”
This popped up on Facebook last night. It is a fun old jeeping video to watch of the 16th Annual Rubicon Trail Jeepers Jamboree.
This early Yakima Ridge Runners “Jeep Rodeo” race was captured on film. It’s short, but still fun to watch. It’s called “Jeep Jockeys Jar and Jounce“.
This is a still from the video. You can click on the picture to reach the video.
John forwarded this video. The music seems perfect and the comments are hilarious. If I took Ann down this hill, I’d be hearing the same things. She can’t do heights. In fact, I think I’d be doing this one solo. It’s still on my list to drive.