Celebrate the 76th Jeep Anniversary on Oct. 7

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Old Willys Jeeps from 1941-1964 will be on display at the 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together on Oct. 7 including military, CJs, wagons, truck, and forward control. More than 30 Willys Jeeps will be on display representing originals, restorations and modified in varying conditions from “rust buckets to trailer queens.”

The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Grace Arts Center Pavilion in Mills River, near the Asheville Airport. The show runs for one day only. More than 30 old Willys Jeeps will be in one location with something for everybody, including the popular World War II restoration and civilian models from 1941-1964. The show includes exhibitors from many different states.

The original Willys Jeep was created for the military during World War II (WWII) and is a great American success story. The original Willys Jeep was designed in only 18 hours and the prototype arrived only 30 minutes before the government deadline. 660,703 Jeeps were built for World War II. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower listed the Jeep among the three primary tools that helped win WWII.

Willys was a record-breaking independent auto manufacturer and was assembled in 22 countries. Jeep celebrated its 75th Anniversary just last year, with events all around the world.

Will Springer, event producer for the Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together annual auto event, said, “I was delivered from the hospital in a Willys Jeep. Some of us have owned Willys all our lives and others are newbies. All the different stories make it an interesting event, and Willys is a great American story.”


Show hours are: Saturday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Public tickets can be purchased at the gate. Prices are $5; free for children under age 6.

For more information call 828-687-0334 or http://www.SoutheastWillysJeepGetTogether.com/.

Photo Caption: Lively crowd and multiple models of Willys Jeeps on display.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.