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    Default Jeeps 70th anniversary-OHV park in Toledo??



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    Too bad I'll be so far away!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroadkilll View Post
    Too bad I'll be so far away!!!

    Same here. It sounds like a 'One Time' deal. It would be cool if they just opened up a park right there

    They're all worried about where the money will come from to build 'Stadium Seating' and have 'food catering'

    Who needs seating? Don't they know, real Jeepers would rather be sitting In thier Jeeps!

    And as far as food? Hell, pack a luch Or let out some permits for a few good food vendors, who needs catering?

    I think they have a great idea, they are just going about it wrong, in my opinion

    Build some cool obstacles and a few trails, have a display area for the new Wranglers, and an area for some nice restored Jeeps from all the different eras.

    The money brought into town through the Hotels, Campgrounds and Restaurants/Bars would be a big kick to the towns economy.


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    Kickass!! I was just in Maumee this past weekend. Only about 3.5 hours for me.

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    Cool I'm about 2 hours away.
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    It sounds like a cool idea. But the writer needs to get his shyt straight.

    "But while Jeeps may have started rolling off the assembly line of Toledo's former Willys plant in 1941, the first Jeep that ultimately became the Wrangler was born there in 1940."

    The Jeep was born in Butler, PA!
    http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Je...sandJeeps.html

    Formal bid requests were sent in 1940 to 135 manufacturing companies. By the time Bantam received the request the Engineering Department in Butler had been disbanded. With less than two weeks to develop a design and no engineer on the payroll, the company contacted Karl K. Probst, in Detroit. He reluctantly agreed to come to Butler and make an attempt. Within days, Probst, factory manager, Harold Crist and Cmdr. C. H. Payne, Bantams military sales representative, presented an actual layout of the design to the committee.

    The Willys Overland Company of Toledo, Ohio also presented a design. (Ironic since Evans, himself, had helped keep the Toledo factory open through a financially hard times several years before.) But only Bantam said they could deliver a prototype within the 49 day time frame required.

    Early on the morning of September 23 the prototype began a day-long drive to Camp Holibard, Maryland. It arrived with only thirty minutes to spare. The vehicle was rigorously tested by the Army for several weeks, and then declared to exceed expectations. By this time both Willys and Ford had submitted their own prototypes. Both companies had the advantage both of watching the testing of the Bantam, and having free access to the blueprints of the Bantam.
    In the end the government decided that the American Bantam Company plant in Butler was too small to produce the numbers of vehicles it needed and the contracts were given to Willys and Ford. But the Bantam "jeep" had already begun to revolutionize surface warfare.
    In 1941 the Bantam Car Company of Butler, PA developed the Bantam Reconnaissance Car in response to a U.S. Army request for an all-purpose military vehicle. This vehicle became the prototype of the Jeep, later manufactured by Willys and Ford, and is the direct ancestor of the four-wheel drive vehicles of today.
    In May of 1943 the Fair Trade Commission charged Willys with false and misleading advertising by claiming that Willys had created the Jeep. The court determined that the Jeep was fostered and conceived in Butler, Pennsylvania, by the American Bantam Car Company.
    At the end of the war the tools and dies had been scraped at government request and Evans sold the company in 1946. New management continued building trailers at the plant until 1956 when the plant was sold to American Rolling Mills.
    The factory building still exists and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has placed an historic roadside marker on Hansen Avenue in Butler, commemorating the development of the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, the "jeep." The American Austin Bantam Car Club regularly visits the area and Jeep fans tour the Butler County Heritage Center to view one of the original vehicles.
    The above was provided by Rodney Hawk of Butler, Pa.



    The Bantam Plant, where the Jeep was born, as it is today:

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    cool. thats only about and hr or two from me...id make that trip.

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