In the village of Ban Tachi, Thailand, surrounded by mountains covered in rubber plantations and orchards that are still difficult to reach today, the mighty WWII Jeep still lives on as a daily driver and workhorse for many in the community. There are over 200 Jeeps still in use in the small town, many unchanged since they were built in the ’40s.
The Jeeps first arrived in the village immediately after the war, and were an immediate hit with the people living there. With their compact size, four-wheel drive, and made-to-work build, it’s not hard to see why they were popular.
The village started with a few Jeeps used by farmers and general travel and were quickly sought after by the all the citizens. Current Ban Tachi resident, Wichit Karaket said he could not remember a time when there were no Jeeps in the village.
The Jeep is such a symbol of the community Anantapong Kositpokinan, the kamnan of Tambon Tachi, which translates to the district leader, and other leaders want to setup a conservation group for the beloved Jeep. As these Jeeps age, keeping them around as a symbol of Tachi and for future generations to see is becoming a top priority for village leaders.
It’s cool to see the legendary ass-kicking Jeep still going strong half way across the world with people that truly appreciate the functionality and capability of one on the most popular 4x4 vehicles ever made.
Source: Bangkok Post