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October 2012 Vintage Vault

Posted in Features on October 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Thomas Voehringer

In the last issue, we showed you an FC drag car support vehicle. That working Jeep inspired us to show you some images from the Source Interlink Media archives of working Jeeps earning their pay. Check out the Safety Safari CJ-3B from 1955 and a retired military veteran Jeep earning its keep as a driving range golf ball collector from 1959.

Towmater Jp Style
Check out this CJ-3B drag car tow truck shot by Eric Rickman at the NHRA Drag Safari (also known as Safety Safari) in 1955 from Hot Rod magazine’s archives. This race was sponsored by the Denver Timing Association and was held in…Denver, Colorado. Eric was the Safari’s official photographer. We totally dig the arctic half cab and the Mobil Pegasus. The door says Carl’s Mobil Service. Thanks, Carl. We wonder if the old CJ-3B is still in use.

Safety Safari CJ-3B
Here is another view of Carl’s CJ-3B parked next to the Denver Timing Association’s timing trailer. We can see the extend-a-bed sticking out the back with a couple of larger fire extinguishers and another fire extinguisher in easy reach just in front of the spare tire. Photo by Eric Rickman.

A Different Kind of Target Practice
We here at Jp have lots of hobbies, but golf ain’t one of our prouder ones. While a round of 18-holes can be fun (if we’d stop loosing balls or hitting the big ball first), there may be nothing we enjoy more than trying to hit the little tractor collecting balls on the driving range. Too bad our aim with the little white dimpled balls is as bad as our short game…or long game, for that matter. Oh, back to the 1959 photo shot by Tom Medley from Hot Rod’s archives. We are not sure who this guy is, and it does not really matter. We are interested in what’s sitting behind him. It’s clearly an old military flattie fitted with a cage to keep range balls from bouncing off the driver’s cranium.

Taking Fire From Club Members
Man look at the dimples in the sheetmetal. We also spy some darn nice shovel and ax brackets and a factory full-float rear axle. The full-float rear means it’s a Spicer 23-2, which means the flattie could be a GPW or MB. Check out those directional vintage Goodyear tires on 16-inch rims. Photo by Tom Medley. Golf is a weird word if you say it several times in a row. Golf…golf.

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