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West Coast Willys Meet In Los Angeles

Posted in Events on March 1, 1999
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It's a fact. Willys are way cool. Another fact is the West Coast Willys group has tons of 'em at each event, and we were lucky enough to catch them at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles last September.

While mostly wagons were at this meet, two Jeepsters, a few trucks, and a flatfender also showed up.

Founder Walt Mikolajcik formed the group about five years ago to link aficionados of the marque for events and parts swapping. The group has grown to nearly 600 members worldwide. But it isn't limited to just Willys Jeeps-although that's all that showed at this meet-Willys cars and trucks are welcome too. Events like Hot August Nights and Nostalgia Cruises are but a few of the functions, and some members even run the Rubicon Trail.

Stock, modified, original or restored Jeeps, Jeepsters, and Willys are welcome to the club, since the idea is not so much what you did as how well you did it. The club newsletter gives tips on restoring and modifying the Willys and lists good sources of parts and services. For more information write to West Coast Willys, Dept. Jp, 4000 Green Valley Rd., Suisun, CA 94585, or call Walt Mikolajcik at 707/864-1333. And you should show up at an event so you too can pop your hood and drool away. The group even has e-mail ( and a Web site (

The lone flattie in attendance has been a regular on the trail circuit for 20 years, as has the Willys trailer behind it. Tom Davis of Arcadia, California, built the '48 Willys for real use, but keeps every detail clean, tight, and shiny. The trailer features a 25-gallon fuel tank that feeds the Jeep, and an umbilical cord for the brakes as well.
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