Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seen Around Town...

You know, I like Virginia. Don't see many like these up in MA...


I have no idea what vintage, but it's gotta be close to WWII-era. Seen in a local parking lot. The new Jeep in the background is a neat plus, too. While the engine, transmission, and other running gear might be different, there's little question whether someone driving either vehicle would recognize their fellow Jeep driver.

Jeeps are a lot like Harleys, in that their owners tend to be friendly on the road and wave to one another. I found this out when I borrowed my Dad's Jeep, and was confused when several other Jeep owners waved while driving by. It wasn't until the third Wrangler driver waved that I equated it to the wave the motorcyclists give each other, the little sign of brotherhood (or sisterhood) of two wheels.

Or, in this case, being able to own the off-road...

That is all.

12 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Oh look! A Carbon Tetrachloride fire extinguisher...

Ted said...

In the 70's most sports car drivers all waved at each other (except corvette drivers - who only acknowledged other Vettes .

..... Porsche drivers all flash their headlights since Porsche was an early adopter of "pull to flash" ..... as in move over!,,, we own the autobahn left lane.


And I suspect that BMW drivers just ignore each other

Knucklehead said...

Not necessarily "near WWII" vintage. We had these when I served 76-80. Lottsa fun but not something you want to use in an era of ubiquitous IEDs.

Dave H said...

Jay, did you ever wave to people on bicycles when riding your motorcycle? I did because I figure they share the same dangers from inattentive drivers that we do. Plus it's fun to see them nearly fall over when they try to wave back in surprise.

Stretch said...

Jay, you're gonna LOVE the open house at Virginia Military Vehicle Museum this October.

http://vmmv.org/

Bring lots of film ... er ... memory sticks and batteries.

Geodkyt said...

Knucklehead --

Major differences between a WWII era MB or GPW jeep and a late Cold War M151 MUTT. Or even an M38 jeep.

THAT is a WWII GPW or MB. I'm not a jeep geek who can tell the differences between the GPW and MB from this photo. But it IS a WWII jeep for certain.

Old NFO said...

Yep, WWII version. I've seen it at a local show.

Ancient Woodsman said...

Is that a bottle opener in the middle of the dash?

Ross said...

You know why you don't see those in MA? Because every little accessory that wasn't bolted and locked down would be raped off by some black-hearted thief, that's why.

And another reason why I love living in Vermont. I don't bother to lock my car.

Ed said...

In 1974, I transitioned from driving a 1965 split-windshield VW bus to a 1973 Jeep CJ-5. Instead of waving at all VW vehicles, I waved at all Jeep vehicles. Aside from not having very good heat in winter, that VW bus was great in Massachusetts snow less than a foot deep. I discovered what it was like to leave rooster-tails of snow from all four corners during the Blizzard of '78 with the Jeep.

Geodkyt said...

Ancient Woodsman --

Bottle opener mounted on the dash was a VERY common "field modification" ;-)

Murphy's Law said...

If Old NFO says it's WW2, then it's WW2. After all, he actually remembers. :-)