Our Gang 4WD Club in Georgetown, Colorado has been organizing ice races for 33 years. They're out on Georgetown Lake on six weekends every January and February, with racing in a variety of classes. There are lots of old Jeeps, including the Gleason family CJ-3B; here John Gleason Sr. is seen after winning in a studded tire class.
See also Jen Gleason on the course in January 2008 and a wider view of Sara Gleason driving the 3B in February 2008 (50K JPEGs).
Thanks to photographer Michel Skatges for the photos, posted by Lisa Bashline on the Our Gang Ice Racing website.
Warmer weather: this muddy and airborne CJ-3B was a participant in the "Jeepcross" class at the Jeepipoca races in Brazil in 2002.
Also getting a lot of attention in the dirt at Jeepipoca in 2002 was a project by Luiz Henrique -- his remote-controlled CJ-3B known as "Tuiuiui."
Steve Scherer in Suffern, NY has been driving his 1954 CJ-3B through every kind of weather for many years, and has the photos to prove it. He says, "I have been the owner of this Willys since 1976. When I purchased it the color was dark blue, and the only thing to keep your feet in were heavy rubber mats. I got it from a gentleman who used it to go back and forth to work -- said it was wrecking his kidneys! I'm not sure how many owners there were before me, but I suspect a lot."
"The snow pictures are from a 2-foot blizzard in 1983. Around 1980 or so I did a little work on the body and electrical system. There were many layers of paint; I think the original color if I remember was green or yellow. I roughed in some floor boards and painted it red. Well, it's just about time to start thinking about another restoration, this time from the ground up!"
"Notice the vehicle that's doing all the work.... That's right, the '54 Willys, while the '78 Ford Bronco sits in the street -- it didn't want to attempt getting in the driveway!"
Thanks to Steve for the great action shots.
Not sure if this incident in India was due to flooding, or just some foolhardy driving. The whole successful effort to recover this long-wheelbase Mahindra was caught on video -- see Fishing for a Mahindra (1.4 MB QuickTime movie).
In case you can't look at the QuickTime movie, here are a couple of stills. The hardware on the front bumper includes a winch, but the electrical system probably isn't working too well. Hope they remembered to open the tailgate.
Thanks to Steve Scherer, and to Jim Gregor and the unknown videographer. -- Derek Redmond
See also More CJ-3B Mud Photos, and another CJ-3B at the Races.
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