Jeep Frolics

An early flick made by Willys Motors showing footage from really early Mark Smith Jeep Jamborees and Jeep Rallys, and an International Jeep Derby.

This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA.

Jeep’s 75th Anniversary Commemorative Wrangler

75th Anniversary Wrangler BannerSince 1941, the Jeep® name has symbolized a unique family of go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles – first developed for military use, and after 1945, continually adapted for a wide variety of civilian applications. The Jeep brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016, and to mark the occasion, a commemorative one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle is being created today as a tribute to the brand’s legendary history and military heritage.

“We are creating this unique Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle in celebration of the brand’s legendary history, and to demonstrate that 75 years later, today’s iconic Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable and clearly connected to the original Willys MB,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Since they were first produced in 1941, Jeep vehicles have been the authentic benchmark for off-road capability, having mastered more terrain, led more adventures and provided drivers more freedom than any other vehicle before or since.”

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Road to Butler Peak reopened to the public

Doesn't look like much, but back in 2007 this was all you could get for the JK!I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I drove up to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout in my then-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I’d just installed the first Terraflex lift and wanted to see how the rig drove both on pavement (freeways and road to Big Bear) and on a reasonably non-treacherous fire road.

Not that I didn’t trust the work done by the dealership, but – just after picking the rig up – I noticed that it drove and handled awful. Turns out the crack team of “mechanics” at the dealership had inflated my tires with (walking around from passenger front, to rear, to driver front):15 lbs of air, 35 lbs of air, 20lbs of air, and 40lbs of air. Not sure why they decided to try to kill me after I’d just bought the rig, but … well. Whatever.

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This Jeep Matters – President Reagan’s 1962 Willys CJ-6

This Car Matters reviews President Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Willys CJ-6.

From the YT blurb: “President Reagan used this Jeep around Rancho del Cielo (the Reagan Ranch) just north of Santa Barbara, CA. It was purchased in 1963 as a Christmas present from Nancy Reagan to her husband. This largely unrestored Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 was the most used and beloved of several jeeps owned by the President.”

The End Of The Trail for California’s OHV Program?

Save California's OHVThis information has been posted and reposted several times, I got it as an email from a few different sources. My “trust but verify” meter always leads me to research things like this before posting them, and this has been verified. I believe the original source for this email was District 36 Motorcycle Sports Committee, Inc.

California’s Department of Parks and Recreation is going through a Transformation Process that is proposing eliminating of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

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