Stay tuned: complete coverage of the 2018 Spring Reunion coming soon.
The 2018 Spring Willys Reunion will be held on 18-19 May 2018 in Aurora, Ohio.
Update: Hugo Vidal of Operation Pineapple fame had hoped to be coming from Brazil to be the keynote speaker, but due to a nasty broken arm suffered by his wife Nancy, he will be unable to make the trip.
Hugo sent this photo of himself and Nancy, with the cast and sling she will be wearing for 40 days. They're posing with Hugo's re-creation of the Operation Pineapple Jeep, and Hugo says the photo shows a CJ-3B "fully restored" and a wife "under repair"!
Dave Eilers of eWillys.com will do the keynote presentation at the Reunion banquet, on the Alaska or Rust 2017 Caravan (see also North to Alaska on CJ3B.info.)
CJ3B.info will be there to document the event, and it would be great if we could have a turnout of CJ-3Bs equal to (or better than) last year's record turnout of six high hoods. We will definitely get a group photo this year.
The official featured vehicle this year is the Forward Control FC-170. The FC was last featured at the 2002 Reunion. (See also Brooks Stevens' Forward Vision on CJ3B.info.)
A special tech event will be the building of a complete L134 Jeep engine onsite by Merlin Hanson and Joe Deyoung, using a new Allied engine block. After completion, the engine will be raffled off during the banquet on Saturday night (winner needs to be willing to take or ship the engine!) What could be better than that? Well, maybe an F134...
The location is the Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora. For information on registration and hotel room pricing, see the Willys Reunion website.
Thanks to Bob Christy and Jeff Petrowich and the rest of the Reunion volunteers. -- Derek Redmond
See photos from previous Spring Willys Reunions.
See also the story of Operation Pineapple on CJ3B.info.
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