2nd Annual KMC Wheels Summer Jeep-Bash Presented By Jeep

    Jake HeadleePhotographer, Writer

    For the second year in a row, the KMC Wheels Summer Jeep-Bash was a success. Presented by Jeep, the event took place on July 9, 2016 in Long Beach, California, at Shoreline Aquatic Park, just across the channel from the Queen Mary. More than 200 Jeeps showed up, more than twice last year’s attendance, covering the grassy slopes surrounding the lighthouse in the park.

    Hundreds of attendees were able to drool over all the highly modified Jeeps. Many were JK Wranglers, with all sorts of build styles. Ranging from stock to full-tilt rock buggy status, the collection of rigs was a perfect way to see the entire Jeep culture all in one place. Sprinkled in, there were TJ Wranglers, XJ Cherokees, an MJ Comanche, and even a vintage Forward Control.

    Quite a few vendors were set up as well. Companies like Dynatrac, Go Rhino, EVO Manufacturing, Jeepspeed, and King Racing Shocks were on hand for Jeepers to get info and learn about new and existing products. KMC Wheels, the event’s title had a large booth at the base of the lighthouse where the raffle was held. Each attendee received an event card to take to each of the vendors to get a sticker from. Once all the vendor’s stickers were on the card, it could be redeemed for a raffle ticket and the chance to win all sorts of goodies.

    Mel Wade, the owner of EVO Manufacturing, was the driving force behind the creation of the KMC Summer Jeep-Bash presented by Jeep. Wade told us that the purpose of the event is to create a premier west coast Jeep show, a place where people can join together in a scenic spot and enjoy the culture together. Jeeping is much more than just owning a Jeep; it is about camaraderie and a common hobby. The 2nd Annual KMC Wheels Summer Jeep-Bash was a big success, and the next is already scheduled for 2017. Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com/jp-magazine/ for the exact date in July for this must-do Jeep show in Southern California.