The All Breeds show held in York, Pennsylvania, sounds like a huge American Kennel Club dog show to the uninitiated. However, Jeep fans have been flocking to and celebrating this Jeep get-together for 20 years now and it just keeps getting better every year. Held at the York County Fairgrounds, the PA Jeeps club has worked hard to make its All Breeds Jeep Show a big favorite among the East Coast Jeep community. The event offers a family-friendly experience in a quaint, but vibrant, atmosphere.
There’s something for everyone at the PA Jeep All Breeds Jeep Show, ranging from iconic heritage classics to Jeep campers and even a few of those hard-to-find Jeep Power Wheels (it is an all breeds Jeep show, after all). Happening just a few weeks after July 4 (usually the third weekend in July), this event gives you the feel that you are at a huge summer BBQ with Jeeps all around. The air is warm, the sun is typically shining, and summer is in full swing. You can even find pumpkin-flavored funnel cakes to snack on and frozen lemonade to cool off.
This 2015 event marked the 20th anniversary of the PA Jeep All Breeds Jeep Show. This well-attended gathering was the brainchild of a small group of friends and Jeep enthusiasts now known as PA Jeeps Inc. This year was the group’s biggest show yet, drawing vendors from 32 states and including a swap meet for those rare and hard-to-find Jeep parts. There were 468 registered Jeeps whose owners had the opportunity to show off their rigs for Best in Show and participate in the dirt and rock obstacle course.
The two-day event had a total of 1,055 Jeeps in attendance and more than 10,000 spectators during the weekend. All who attended had a grand time, and if this event is anywhere near you, it’s not one to miss in 2016. For more information, check out the PA Jeep All Breeds Show website at pajeeps.org or contact them at 717/309-0513.
Rare Jeep tailgates were one of the most popular items found at the swap meet. This year there were vendors from 32 states.
Participants were invited to take their Jeeps on the obstacle course. The course included rocks and boulders to climb over.
This Jeep-turned-camper has been making its appearance at the PA Jeep All Breeds Jeep Show for the last few years.
Jeep Performance Parts showcased the Renegade, along with other concepts, at the All Breeds Jeep Show.
An original Jeep seatbelt coated with a wondrous patina could be seen in this Jeepster Commando.
Parts for everything you can image for your Jeep were available at the All Breeds Jeep Show. The swap meet allows participants to trade and find new parts for their rigs and is one of the most popular events of the show.
BDS Suspension brought its modified diesel-powered Jeep Liberty to the show. It was a huge hit with the participants.
An original Jeep ambulance was on display at the show as well. You won’t find too many of this in one piece today.
As with many events of this style, the dirt-and-rock driving course appealed to all levels of experience. Pennsylvania-based parts provider Quadratec made the obstacle course possible.
Over 600 vehicles, each with their own unique story, competed for prizes during the two-day event. For example, the standard-issue paint color of a military vehicle from ’40-’45 was OD, aka “olive drab,” with a lusterless finish, and thereafter the color evolved to “blue drab.” Judges can become very particular when evaluating a true historical restoration, and other personal items, such as a father’s service numbers, lent significance and told its own tale.
Patrons of the PA Jeeps All Breed Jeep Show attend with a spectator’s perspective in mind. Less emphasis is placed on monster modifications and more attention is paid toward classic representations and preservation of history. The Jeepster Commando, produced from ’66-’73, has fans in love of nostalgia all across the nation. When first introduced, Kaiser Jeep offered a truck, roadster, convertible, and wagon.
Even the bumper stickers at the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show were some of the more rare items in the region. This “Creep in a Jeep” sticker from 1980 by Topps Weird Wheels is a mix of detailed artwork, Hot Wheels, and matinee horror monsters. For a collector, the sticker is not the most valuable, but it is very colorful and fun to own.
You never know what you’ll find at a show like the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show. Fabricators and crafters brought forth some non-performance based accessories for sale such as this ’87-’95 Jeep YJ coat rack.
The 2015 All Breeds Jeep Show, which took place July 18-19, celebrated 20 years of the club-organized weekend. Now more than 100 club members work hard to organize this growing convergence of Jeeps of all types. The goal of their organization is to protect trails for everyone’s use. Though the 2015 show was a hot one, treats such as fresh ice-cold lemonade and cool Jeeps lowered the temperate a bit.
“Jillian’s Jeep,” was hands down one of the sweetest rides of the weekend. Complete with a 1-inch custom lift, 14-inch tires, CD player, a whole lot of chrome, and a license plate reading “2 Fast 4U,” it was extremely popular. Although this Power Wheels ride-on battery-operated vehicle competed in the stock category, next year there will undoubtedly be more head-turning entries.
Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, the OEM accessory line for Jeep, attended the 2015 PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show with its 2015 Red Rock Responder. This good-looking concept truck features a custom bed with built-in compartments over heavy-duty axles with 8-lug hubs and beadlock wheels. Capable and comfortable, this one-off prototype, among others, visited the show with the intention to inspire others to take their own Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and set the limit sky high.
The PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show got its name for just that: Jeeps of all shapes and sizes. Sister publication 4Wheel & Off Road displayed its Jeep built for the 2015 Ultimate Adventure (UA). Seeing this custom 4x4 in action on terrain that tests the 550hp V-8 is really a sight to see.