by Simon Bruton
My love for flat fender Jeeps comes from long 4x4 camping trips during my childhood into remote areas of Zululand, South Africa with a group of my parents' friends who had original Jeeps. Those Jeeps took us to incredible remote, rugged places and were completely standard so that is the look I love, and I want to get my 1964 CJ-3B back to that.
This photo explains why I am hooked on old Willys Jeeps. That is me at the age of about 10 in the passenger seat of Roger Gaisfords' CJ-2A. Roger is currently doing a full restoration on this 2A.
Here is the typical scenery of this Zululand Battlefields region where the Anglo Zulu wars of 1879 took place.
I love the distinctive sound of the Willys 4-cylinder motors -- I think it is partly that big steel fan that makes a distinctive whine as it accelerates. See also a side view photo (90K JPEG) of this 1960 CJ-3B.
A Jeep taxi African style, giving a friendly lift to some of the locals down one of the mountain passes.
Roger Gaisford has a wide knowledge of the history and people of Zululand and the Battlefields area, and conducts tours along some of these old 4x4 trails. Roger also organises a semi-annual 4x4 meeting called Old Trucks, which is a spectacular event dedicated to pre-1970 4x4s only. It is a special occasion when old friends gather in this historical and rugged African setting with their old 4x4s stretching from the 1960s right back to WW2. Two CJ-3Bs regularly attended the event, and I hope that my 1964 CJ-3B will join them at the next one. -- Simon Bruton
Thanks to Simon Bruton for this memoir. Also on CJ3B.info, see a military 3B belonging to Jens Buus in Cape Town. -- Derek Redmond
Return to the Index of Unusual Photos on CJ3B.info.
See more Jeeps Around the World.
Visit CJ3B.info on Facebook.
CJ3B Home | Contents | Search | Links |Bulletin Board