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July 2012 Vintage Vault

Posted in Features on July 1, 2012
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Contributors: Thomas Voehringer

Vintage Flight!
While digitally thumbing through archival images from Motor Trend magazine, we came across some cool vintage wheeling action shots by ace photographer Bob D’Olivo from October 1956. What first caught our attention was one of our favorite types of vintage Jeep shots, early sheetmetal soaring through the air without a care. Apparently, the South Padre Island Jeep Jamboree event had many attractions, including a Jeep broad-jump competition. Check out that vintage air! We are betting there was a vintage “Ooof!” on that vintage landing. The record for the longest jump of the 1956 Jeep Jamboree was a whopping 23 feet, 8 inches! Safety first.

Vintage Get “R” Done!
Just because your ’56 CJ-6 is fresh off the showroom floor and the paint is barely dry does not mean you can’t drive it like you stole it! That’s part of the fun. Get after it, brother! You don’t want to be late for the fish fry.

Vintage MT/R
So you think your 40-inch Goodyear MT/Rs are pretty hot, huh? Well, check out the new super-wide skins on this CJ. Man, talk about some serious off-road tread and larger-than-stock diameter Goodyear tires. Phew, those sure are nice—and sure to help in tackling the dunes.

Vintage Field Fix
Oh boy, here you are carving up the sand in the relay race and putt, putt, putt, pfft. The old L-head dies, taking number 14 out of contention. We’ve been there—well, sort of—and we will be there relative to the timing of this photo, again captured by Bob D’Olivo. What’s wrong? Well, we’d be willing to bet based on the amount of mud and sand on that flattie that some water got into that vintage distributor. Oh well, there is always the South Padre Island Jeep Jamboree road race and treasure hunt to entertain you later on.

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