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Old 01-28-2012, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jeep History Chuckwalla Jeep Club early 60's

My Grandfather was an Original Member of the Chuckwalla's Jeep Club way back when it first started. He is now 88 and still has a 1953 Jeep CJ3b. I have some old Jeep Club pics from way back in the day. I figured it would be good to share and enjoy some of this Jeep History. please feel free to add to these pics as i think it would be Great to Honor the Pioneers of the Jeep World.
Names like, Bob Tubby Scherrer, Dan Froelich, A.V. and Sylvia Neely, Peg and Smitty Smith, Lola and Chuck Newcomb, Ray Choat, Frances and Roy Phelps, Betty and Bill Bedwell, Kay and Bill Morrison, Wayne Crosser,Ron Paviso and My Grandpa Gordy Kloster.

My Grandpa Gordy Kloster







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So badass! Thanks for posting those.
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this is all i have, i need to raid my Grandfathers pictures again to see if there are others. i remember the stories they went everywhere and did it with near nothing compared to today's Jeeps. to me all of these guys are Legends.
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every one in this sport owes a thank you to men like your grandfather for starting this whole thing.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That's so cool
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Pretty amazing and cool pics.

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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those are some cool old pics!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Omg! Those are my grandparents and my dad in one of the pics! I am a 3rd generation chuck....awesome post!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow! Tires really have come a looooonnnnggg way!

Cool pics!

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I see my good friend and 4540 Driver, Mike Bedwell, at about 8 years of age.
My father's best friend, back in the day, was Max Sturgeon, some shots of Max, in about 1960, near Cibola Lake, AZ







I should add, Both Bill Morrison and Max's trailer can be seen in the latest issue (March 14) of JP Magazine, on page 70.
The Chuckwalla's began the industry we now know as off roading and Im honored to have witnessed it first hand, Bedwell, Smith, Chuchua, Morrison, Sturgeon, Richert, a lot of these guys were WWII Vets, the SoCal Desert was wide open, the only areas officially closed were the bombing ranges, left over from WWII (and from time to time, we found ourselves in the middle of those as well).
Thanks for starting this thread, it's a part of our heritage and history...and it's something missing in the Jeep culture of today, coming out of Auburn Hills.
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Also, in one of the photos above, is the Jeep of Bill Morrison, who used an old metal station wagon roof to make an awesome hard top. Bill sold that Jeep to Max's brother-in-law, Norm Leslie, here we are at Glamis, in '67, pulling a Chuckwalla Death Trap, uh, I mean, sand sled. No product liability guys like Ralph Nadir running around yet.

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Norm Leslie and myself, at the now closed Kelso Dunes, the greatest sand area in SoCal, lost to motorized travel and now locked away inside of the Mojave "Preserve".



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so awesome.

reminds me of a video i came a crossed of glamis in the 60s
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Thanks for sharing, some great photos there.

digg the white walls man
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You're welcome.
You can see from the entire group of Chuckwalla photos, that the rigs were fairly similar, yet wildly modified for their time.
Every trail that we now "need" lockers, super tires and special suspensions to tackle,...these guys drove these rigs, as you see them. Awesome driving talent and the beginnings of everything we have today.
They were and are my hero's.
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