Wrightwood Hosts The 6th Annual Willys & Jeep Day
Saturday, October 9 2010
The Willys Jeep holds a special place in many hearts for many reasons. The little Willys did anything and everything to help the Americans and their Allies win World War 11. General Patton proudly rode in his Willys named The War Eagle, while leading his tanks and men into battle all over Europe. There are numerous stories and photographs of how American ingenuity turned the little 1/4 ton 4X4 into saw mills, electric power plants, water pumps, ambulances, aircraft tow vehicles, and even substituted as locomotives to help our war effort. Just before the end of the war Willys Motors began the transition of turning the War Willys into a Civilian Jeep, and named it the CJ-2A. (Civilian Jeep)
Following the war Willys began marketing the C.J. as a Universal Jeep to Ranchers, Farmers, Miners, Loggers and the recently discharged G.I.s who had developed a close attachment to the little Jeep. The Jeep quickly became very popular with hunters, fishermen and others who enjoyed getting off road and into areas less traveled. Soon 4X4 clubs began forming and Jeep led the way into the enjoyment of off roading. The little Jeep evolved into the first American SUV, the Willys Wagon, as more families began enjoying the great outdoors.
In appreciation of the Willys and Jeep, Larry Boyes and Carl Smith who are members of West Coast Willys, are hosting the 6th Annual Wrightwood Willys & Jeep Day on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in conjunction with the Wrightwood Chili cook off and Salsa contest, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, in the center of town in Wrightwood. At 2:00 p.m. they will be taking a short cruise through town and somewhere yet to be determined up the hill. Everyone is invited to come down and visit with the proud owners of this bit of Americana.
Many people learned to drive behind the wheel of a Willys and even more people have wonderful stories of places traveled and the good times spent with family and friends while enjoying the areas less traveled. This is not a car show, so the vintage or condition of the vehicle is not important. Every year more people come up to Wrightwood, to enjoy the weather, the vehicles, and people who enjoy them. Please come out and share your vehicle and or your fond memories of your times playing with, working on and driving your Willys or Jeep!