Mason Dixon Jeep gathering 2013: The CJ’s

This past Sunday I attended my favorite Jeep show of the year. The Mason Dixon show is only a few minutes from my house in Westminster Maryland. Below are the show winners for this year.Image

Most Jeep shows this year have had a few less attendees.  We had a couple less Jeeps this year but the showing was still fantastic.  Mike Hardesty did a nice job not only of organizing the show, but of arranging for beautiful weather. The showing of vintage CJ’s was wonderful bringing out a colorful array of restored and unrestored Jeeps.Image

Mike Hardesty’s yellow CJ3A begins the line in the above photo.  The orange one belongs to Dan, it has a heck of a story.  He and a buddy used to take it hunting in Colorado in the 1970s.  They drove it, modified it and in the 1980s sold it.  Dan’s friend found it for sale with a tree growing through it at a farm auction a few years back.  It made its way home to Dan and his family and has been out hunting again since.Image

The Jeeps I like the most are well loved, well used and unrestored.  The nice example below is a former brush truck.Image

My favorite was this 1946 CJ2A barnfind brought by Lime Street Carriage, LLC.  It had been off the road since 1971.  A basic mechanical going over brought it back to life and the road again.Image

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Mike Gardner’s 1945 CJ2A was present as well.  Look for Mike on youtube if you have not seen his offroad videos.  Mike brought this CJ back to life from being a total rustbucket, and drives it like it was meant to be driven.  I know I drive my 1941 alot, but I believe Mike has me cleanly beat.Image

Below Mike imparts Jeep wisdom to my friend and assistant, Peter.Image

One of my favorite Jeep creations at the show was this chair brought by Kyle of East Coast Willys. I must make one of these… sadly I gave away alot of my spare Jeep grills.Image

Keep an eye out for my next post, I will cover the Military lineup from the show and the trucks and wagons that attended.  until then, drive your Jeep!!!

-Merlin

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3 thoughts on “Mason Dixon Jeep gathering 2013: The CJ’s

  1. Wow the article is fantastic, the suspense is great to hear about what the article on the military jeeps are going to be about. 🙂

  2. The quote “Jeep is America’s only real sports car” by Enzo Ferrari is a sentiment the world outside the US might agree with more than most Americans, but if you accept any truth in it, it probably started with the first CJs being purpose-built civilian mud, sand and rock runabouts from the start, for people who love to work and play outside. Bred from the capability and reliability of fighting jeeps, the early CJs shined with colorful personality and potential for a hard-earned peacetime, with literally hundreds of industrial and recreational applications like America and the world had never known from a single machine. In that light, I kinda hate to see early CJs mocked up as fighting jeeps when the second chapter in the Jeep saga was so historically consequential unto itself. CJ pride!

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