Willys Jeep enthusiasts to gather in Mills River

NOSTALGIA FACTOR: A collection of Willys Jeeps will be open to the public for viewing on Oct. 7. Photo courtesy of Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together

Press release from Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together:

Old Willys Jeeps from 1941-1964 will be on display at the 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together, including military, CJs, wagons, truck and forward control. More than 30 Willys Jeeps will be on display representing originals, restorations and modified in varying conditions from “rust buckets to trailer queens.”

The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Grace Arts Center Pavilion in Mills River, near the Asheville Airport. The show runs for one day only. More than 30 old Willys Jeeps will be in one location with something for everybody, including the popular World War II restoration and civilian models from 1941-1964. The show includes exhibitors from many different states.

The original Willys Jeep was created for the military during World War II and is a great American success story. The original Willys Jeep was designed in only 18 hours and the prototype arrived only 30 minutes before the government deadline. More than 660,700 Jeeps were built for World War II. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower listed the Jeep among the three primary tools that helped win WWII.

Willys was a record-breaking independent auto manufacturer and was assembled in 22 countries. Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, with events all around the world.

Will Springer, event producer for the Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together annual auto event, said, “I was delivered from the hospital in a Willys Jeep. Some of us have owned Willys all our lives and others are newbies. All the different stories make it an interesting event, and Willys is a great American story.”

Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River. Public tickets can be purchased at the gate. Prices are $5; free for children under age 6.

For more information: (828) 687-0334 or www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com.

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