Year after year, people make the long trek in their Jeeps, whether it’s a show queen or a beater, to York, Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years people have been gathering at the York Fairgrounds for the show that many consider a must-attend Jeep event. Summer 2016 was no exception, and July 16-17 proved the 21st Annual All Breeds Jeep show is always a Jeepin’ good time.
As the sun (and the temperatures) rose, Jeeps started lining up, their owners anxious to secure a spot in the show ’n’ shine. Spectators were pouring in to the fairgrounds to check out Jeeps, get new ideas, search for their next project, or play on the ever-popular obstacle course. Vendors were already set up and ready to exhibit their latest and greatest gadgets, gismos, and thingamajigs. Then there were those people who headed straight for the swap meet in hopes of finding that rare part, rig, or piece of Jeep memorabilia that only comes along once in a lifetime. For those of you who couldn’t make the show, here is a glimpse of the many Jeeps and activities available to enjoy at the 21st Annual All Breeds Jeep Show. See you there in 2017!
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and the swap meet was a little like winning the lottery for many. Whether you were looking for odds and ends for your latest project, that hard-to-find part, or even a running Jeep, there was something for everyone.
As always the obstacle course was a crowd pleaser. Some ran through the rocks with ease, while others ran from it like a scene from a horror movie. As an added bonus this year, you didn’t even have to own a Jeep to take a ride on the obstacle course. No need for an amusement park, all you had to do was sign up to hitch a ride for a five-minute joy ride.
Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and you end up in a bit of a pickle. There was nothing to worry about, the safety team was standing by to get you out of whatever rocky situation you managed to get yourself into.
The hills, twists, and of course the log cross, were all part of obstacle course that took days to assemble. Based on the applause from the spectators, and the smiles on the faces of the drivers, everyone from beginner to expert driver had a great time.
This spotless ‘56 Willys Civil Defense Rescue Truck owned by Gary Bowels of Hagerstown, Maryland, was one heck of a barn find with original paint, no rust, and only 5,000 miles on the odometer. The light duty rescue truck is one of the most rare of the Willys emergency vehicles.
“A face only a mother could love,” is how many would describe Alan Knott’s ’59 FC-150 Canfield Wrecker. Even though it may not be as loved by the Jeep world as many others, there is certainly a cult following. We drink the FC Kool-Aid and love it.
We think everyone needs one of these fire pits from TNT Customs. Based on how many people we saw carrying them out, we weren’t the only ones, and we gave them extra points for matching their new fire pit with their Jeep.
Adam Eckley of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, hit the obstacle course in his ’96 Cherokee(ish), taking to the rocks like a duck to water.
The ’66 Kaiser Jeep CJ-5 with a factory Perkins diesel owned by J.B. Stoltzfus of Paradise, Pennsylvania, caught our eye. Just in case that wasn’t enough to make it interesting, he added a stock wrecker from a ’55 Jeep CJ-5 bought from Ken’s Towing in Kentucky. Ken’s purchased it new in 1955 with a factory wrecker and Myers snow plow. It was used in the towing business until 1999.
Talk about a colorful lineup. Do you think they planned the color of a rainbow while waiting in the long line to enter the show or was it merely a beautiful coincidence?
The obstacle course may not have been an all-day rockcrawling, hillclimbing excursion, but it was a great time playing around for seasoned Jeepers and a steering-wheel-gripping good time for the beginners.
It’s never too early to start on the right path in life. This little fellow climbed up in this Jeep, gripped the wheel with both hands, and smiled like a hero who just received a medal.
This little ray of sunshine was one of the many emergency Jeeps at this year’s show. They may have been very different in looks and functionality, but the one thing they did have in common was the constant crowd of spectators wanting to get a closer look at these unusual Jeeps.
We couldn’t miss this guy with the giant “Eugene the Jeep” on the hood and doors of his ’95 two-door Cherokee. Ricky Wilson of Dover, Pennsylvania, cruised through the obstacle course like a pro. It was obviously not his first rodeo.
If checking out the vast array of vendor booths wasn’t enough to work up a sweat on this steaming hot day, there were lots of swap meet booths to rummage through. You could find anything from frames, engines, axles, to Willys truck grilles. If you couldn’t find something you needed, you must not own a Jeep.