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Decatur, Alabama

Decatur AL 3rd Friday

The final "3rd Friday Cruise-In" for 2022 in Decatur AL, was on 21 October. Lawrence Wade was on hand with his 1955 CJ-3B, the elder statesman in a crowd of tricked-out Wranglers.

Decatur AL Cullman County Jeepers like to put names on their Wranglers, and the JK beside Lawrence is dubbed "Bruce Willys."

Meanwhile, Lawrence has been bringing his B known as "Family Tradition" downtown on the occasional 3rd Friday for years (see further down this page) and has a sign pointing out that the Jeep is UN-RESTORED since 1955 except for a few details like a new set of tires in 2002!

Tennessee, 2021

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site The 10th annual "A Walk in Their Boots" event, honoring American soldiers, was held at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City TN in November 2021. Among the military vehicles on hand were Joe Evans' restorations of a U.S.Navy CJ-3B and an M606. The dash of the M606 as seen here carries Joe's reproduction of the Kaiser warranty sticker (100K JPEG).

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site The Tipton-Haynes Historic Site includes the house originally built in 1784 by Colonel John Tipton, and ten other buildings. Tipton led the opposition to the State of Franklin, an unsuccessful attempt by Tennessee Valley residents to form a state, and his farm was the site of a brief battle with Franklin supporters in 1788.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site A middle school history class got a taste of more recent military history in Joe's M606. Although Joe hasn't painted any army markings on the Jeep, it carries the clasped-hands sticker (130K PNG) of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP) under which the U.S. provided equipment including M606 Jeeps to allied nations including Vietnam.

Belfort, France

Belfort, France Jean-Francois Lavie's '54 CJ-3B made an appearance at the first Belfort Auto Rétro show of summer 2021, on 25 July. As usual there was a huge variety of antique vehicles lined up along the street in this city in northeastern France, but Project Bristol Red was the only Willys Jeep.

Thanks to Belfort Auto Rétro for the photo.

MTA Swap Meet, 2016

1960 CJ-3BA relaxed kind of show: the Military Transport Association Spring Swap Meet on 16 April 2016, at the fairgrounds in Sussex County, New Jersey. Michael Davis lives nearby and likes to take his 1960 CJ-3B to shows when he's not on the trails. For this event he got into the military spirit with some camo netting.

1960 CJ-3BWith the desert tan paint and the tailgate-mounted spare, Michael's Jeep has kind of a military look anyway -- only the original CJ-3B-style black windshield is a real giveaway.

1960 CJ-3BOf course there were lots of other military and wanna-be-military Jeeps at the MTA show, which is one of the prime events for military vehicle collectors and vendors on the east coast.

Family Tradition on Show

1955 CJ-3BThe same weekend, the weather was great for the "3rd Friday" show in Decatur AL on 15 April 2016. Lawrence Wade took his "Family Tradition" downtown and got a great spot with some of the other streamlined classics. Looks like a '44 and '46 Plymouth and a couple of 70's Stingrays.

1955 CJ-3BThe weather doesn't always co-operate at these car shows. Lawrence's new Beachwood top is a good solution for taking the Jeep when there's a chance of showers. This is at Veterans Park in Priceville AL, a small town near Decatur. Each year they have a fall car show with about 600 vehicles.

1955 CJ-3BIt helps to have a family who don't mind getting a bit wet. Here's a great shot of Ora Lee smiling gamely in her poncho.

Sad news as of 2019: Ora Lee who, was always smiling and loved the CJ-3B, passed away on Sunday, 15 December. She will be very much missed.

The WadesBack to the fifties! From a few years ago, this is a CJ3B.info family portrait of Lawrence and Ora Lee, who always enjoyed the socializing at car shows and Christmas Parades.

Top 25Back in the year 2000, there were over 300 entries in the Point Mallard Memorial Day Antique Automobile Show in Decatur. They ranged from 1922 Fords to late-sixties GTO's and Corvettes -- lots of very beautiful cars. Twenty-five trophies were awarded, to the entries judged to be the top twenty-five vehicles in the show overall.

Surprise! (Or not, for readers of CJ3B.info.) Lawrence Wade's original and unrestored 1955 Universal Jeep CJ-3B was awarded one of the twenty-five trophies.

North Carolina, 2012

Mark DulkenCJ-3B owner Mark "Goose" Dulken in North Carolina said, "I thought, why not... so I entered a local car show that supported local charities. Me and one other (see the Jeepster, 110K JPEG) were representing Willys."

HoodThe Jeep has been in his family since his father bought it used in 1965, and he gave it a new lease on life with a two-year restoration.

RearThis was the first year for the Greater Fletcher Lions Club Car Show, held to raise money for scholarships. See a wider view (100K JPEG).

Bikes on boardCJ-3B, a true multipurpose vehicle. The weekends prior to the car show, Mark had been 4-wheeling and camping in the Jeep (see Goose on the Loose.) After the show he said, "I drove home in the rain without a care and knowing all those polished hotrods would take hours to clean and buff again."

On the Show Circuit in Texas, 2011

April 2011Chet Couvillon in Texas has been taking his 1965 CJ-3B around to some shows since completing his restoration in 2010. Here he's holding a first place plaque (100K JPEG) at Lester's Automotive 4th Annual Car Show in Boerne TX on 2 April 2011.

May 2011In May, Chet wrote, "Went topless today over to the neighborhood cruise-in, a gathering of the South Texas Car Club, and posed the 'B' next to a very nice '57 Chevy. The fuel prices in the background tell you it's not 1960!

"The highlight of the morning was getting to meet Kenneth and Tammy from Jourdanton who also have a family-owned 3B. We made plans to get the Jeeps together for a photo soon!"

May 2011

"Who you callin' Horse Face??" Here's a Texas admirer who took a liking to Chet's Jeep in May 2011. Another shot of the encounter was our August 2011 cover photo (200K JPEG).

"Horse face Jeep" is a Brazilian term we first heard about years ago, from Fernando Varela who has built-up a couple of late-model high hoods in Brazil. Chet has adopted the nickname for his YouTube channel called Horse Face Films, displaying the videos he's shot with his GoPro HD Motorsports camera.

May 2011Chet has made a real nice 3-sided display panel for the shows, using old family photos and information from CJ3B.info. It's seen here at the Blanco Classic Car Show on 21 May.

Midwest Willys Fall Reunion, 2010

Jamie Powers took his Jeep, his trailer and his son, up from Texas to the Midwest Willys Fall Reunion in Jefferson City, Missouri in September 2010.

Jamie's vinyl-wrapped '63 attracted lots of attention at the Reunion, and it looks like he was showing them CJ3B.info on his iPad. Thanks to Jason Brock for the photos.

Toledo, Father's Day 2000

Toledo car showThe employees of the Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio held their annual Father's Day Car Show on 18 June 2000. As usual, there were quite a few Jeeps in attendance -- everything from MB's to Grand Cherokees, from elegant late-forties Jeepsters to monster rock-crawling Wranglers.

CJ-2A/3BQuite a few double-takes were caused by Barry Hannaker's high-hood Jeep. It's the star of Willys-Overland Motors' recent full-page magazine ad for their Repli-Tub replacement bodies.

In fact, it's not an original CJ-3B at all, but a 1948 CJ-2A complete with an L-head engine (50K JPEG). It had been given a 1958 3B body by a previous owner, and Barry added repro fenders from W-O in Toledo. He's now on the lookout for an F-head to put under the high hood.

See also a the interior (50K JPEG).

Thanks to all the owners. If you've been to a show, send me some photos. -- Derek Redmond

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