Northern Ohio Flatfender Cruise-In


2018 Mindy and Bob Christy hosted their annual Willys gathering again in 2018 at their home in Green, Ohio. It was rescheduled to Sunday, 16 September, due to the remnants of Hurricane Gordon bringing violent storms and up to 4" of rain to the Akron area the previous weekend.

Bob planned to have his new Willys-powered Empire tractor on hand for the show, and there are always hayrides, a campfire and lunch for everybody. No pre-registration is necessary, and you're welcome to just show up, and to sell or swap parts if you have them. Pictures from some previous years are below.


2016The 2016 cruise-in was the 7th annual edition. Bob's 1953 CJ-3B in 1995 Ford Thunderbird Emerald Green Jewel Metallic was joined by 20 other Jeeps and about 60 people.

2016Frank Barrett brought his cool two-tone pickup

2016Parked next to Bob's 3B, the dark red CJ-2A with Ohio historical plates belongs to Bob Gallagher.

2016Keith Buckley took a close look at the chrome bumper on the CJ-5A Tuxedo Park belonging to Bob and Debbie Miksch.


2016Five "Jeep Guys named Bob" including Bob Christy Sr. (left) and Bob Christy Jr. (kneeling) posed in front of the Tuxedo Park.

2016There were also some AMC Jeeps on hand, including Dan Swinderman's CJ-5.

2016This F-head was once an early CJ-5, which Bob is planning to dismantle for parts. Also good to see some younger Jeep owners turning out for a Willys event.

2016Barbecue and conversation is always a popular part of these gatherings.

2016Tim and Rhonda Miller's eye-catching offroader apparently started life as a military M38. And the lineup behind it (350K JPEG) included a Willys MB, DJ-3A Surrey, and a built-up Wrangler YJ.

2016Like the Surrey, the 1948-51 VJ Jeepster was one of the few Jeep vehicles aimed squarely at fun on the road.

2016Jeepster fan Rick Scheeff was kept busy talking about his Campus Red '51.

2016Pretty stylish and luxurious interior for an early Jeep.

2016Mindy discovered she likes that luxury just fine, and is looking forward to driving her own Jeepster one day soon.

2016Everybobdy posed for a 2016 group shot -- I guess Bob was taking the photo.


1953 CJ-3BBob and Mindy first held their own Northern Ohio Willys get-together in 2010, and invited flatfender owners to their place in September of that year. Thirteen Jeeps, including this nice '53 CJ-3B owned by Jim Tedrick, were on hand for the first gathering.

2012They decided it would be an annual event, and attendance at the event has increased every year since then. This great group shot is from 2012. Mindy wrote a history of the show in Vol.1 No.4 of The Dispatcher magazine.

Bob Christy's '53Bob's 1953 CJ-3B is seen here at the 2012 Cruise-In, showing off his custom hat-channel hood reinforcement.

Dan Walton's '64One of the most talked-about CJ-3B restorations of recent years, Dan Walton's 1964 U.S.Army CJ-3B, was also in attendance in 2012.

Thanks to Bob for the photos. -- Derek Redmond

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