Keeping The Heritage Alive
Some people collect stamps, some collect old Coke bottles. And then there are those crazy horders who collect just everything, while on the other end is the snobby purist who only wants the finest and the best. Somewhere in the middle are the rest of us who like cool things and want to preserve and share items for future generations.
Such is the new Jeep Collection, a group of vehicles owned by Omix-ADA, the Jeep parts specialty company. To celebrate 20 years of business, owner Al Azadi decided that he would become the custodian of some rare, regular, and unique Jeeps and house them at the company’s facilities in Suwanee, Georgia.
Last summer Azadi was talking to famed Rubicon Jeep Jamboree USA founder Mark A. Smith, and Smith felt it was time to let most of his Jeeps go to a new home. The crown jewels available were the three preproduction jeeps all in one place: the Willys MA, the Ford GP, and the Bantam BRC-40. That was the impetus for Azadi.
No one else has all these incredibly significant 4x4s in one place, and with the addition of the rest of the vehicles the collection represents a unique group of Jeeps. Azadi also wants the entire collection to run and drive rather than collect dust behind red velvet ropes in a somber museum. To that end, we were invited to a preliminary showing and consultation, as a project this size needs to be carefully orchestrated. Currently Omix-ADA hasn’t set up a schedule of viewing or a final housing, but the company is working on all aspects. If you are interested in visiting, drop them a line at Omix-ADA, 770.614.6101 or www.omix-ada.com.
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