Friday, February 18, 2011

1952 Willys Jeep

Hey Everyone,

I have always been a fan of Jeeps and have wanted one since I was little. I think one aspect of jeeps that have always appealed to me is there spunk and ability to take one all kinds of different terrain. So this week I am learning about the 1952 Willys Jeep.

This one at LeMay Marymount, along with its trailer, has been restored to look exactly like the Jeeps and trailers that were used in the Korean War. So here are a few tidbits of information that I learned about this vehicle.

So, I always  thought that a Jeep was a Jeep. So when I saw that this was a Willys Jeep, I shrugged and thought okay why Willys? Is that a type of Jeep? Well come to find out Willys stands for Willys-Overland, the  automobile manufacturer responsible for the Jeep.

The Willys Jeep has a very interesting history and had a special place in the Korean War. Because of the various road conditions the Jeep was highly relied upon and became popular means of transportation for enlisted men, officers and military police.  The Jeep was used for all kinds of missions. Some of them even had communication devices to help direct air strikes and observation planes.

What I thought was really cool about this jeep was that it has a snorkel so that the engine can run underwater. 

 What a beautiful piece of history. Well that is all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this post about the Willys Jeep.

This is me taking my birthday picture in front of the Willys Jeep.

'Til next time have an amazing day everyone,

p.s. Here is where I received my information about the Jeep from:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Know that I deeply appreciate all of you who follow my blog. Happy Valentine's day and Have an amazing week!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

LeMay Marymount Event Center and Car Club Corner: Metropolitans

Hello to you out there in cyber world. It has been way too long and I deeply apologize for not writing. It has been a couple of hectic months adjusting to my job. However, I am back and that is what matters.

Some new stuff on the volunteering front. I knew that there was going to be a time when LeMay - America's Car Museum was going to have the new beautiful museum built and I always wondered afterwards what would happen to the beloved Marymount Academy, where the collection is currently.

 I fell in love with Marymount the first time I visited it and it was partially the reason why I chose to intern at the Museum. I love the fact that each room had a story and that it had such history to it. ( Marymount was a military boys academy back in the day and it was run by nuns). Anyway, since the projected time for the new Museum's building to be finished in fall of this year, the Museum and Marymount have become separate entities with a mutual friendship to prepare for the big transition. So now there is LeMay - America's Car Museum and then the Marymount Event Center which houses part of the LeMay Family's collection of automobiles.

The Marymount Event Center also has a new webpage and Facebook page which you should definitely check out.

What I think is cool also is that LeMay Marymount has started to give tours of the chapel and military academy rooms ( classrooms, dormitories, etc.) on a bi-monthly basis. I am hoping that I will be free one of the upcoming Saturdays that they hold it, since I have only been able to see the grounds and chapel.

I look forward to writing more about what I learn in the following months.

Here are a few pictures that I took of the Metropolitans that are currently in Car Club Corner at Marymount. Please enjoy.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Have an amazing day everyone!