During an install at Brothers 4x4 in Monrovia, California, the brother Haik showed me one of his recent auction finds. It's a 1946 Willys civilian model flatfender that once belonged to Scotty of Scotty's Jeep Truck 4X4 Dismantlers in Fontana, California. The yard opened in 1981 and closed around 2010 or 2011 if I recall correctly. It was a great place to find long lost Jeep parts (I actually scored my 1942 MB body there back in 2001 - I'm still building it!).
What struck most interesting about the the flatfender was the massive collection of event participant badges that decorated the dash and windshield frame. There was hardly a spot for one more badge. Take a look at some of the collection. Maybe a few of you attended the same event the same year. I'll keep you posted on this Jeep. Haik (who worked at Scotty's for many years and now owns Brothers 4x4 with his brother Gaspar) is planning to restore the flatfender to all of its original glory. See below for a listing of some of the older and most interesting badges.
Some of the events the Jeep attended include:
10th Annual Sareea Al Jamel 4WD Club Indio Sidewinder 4WD Cruise from May 2, 1964
11th Annual Sareea Al Jamel 4WD Club Indio Sidewinder 4WD Cruise from May 1, 1965
15th Annual Sareea Al Jamel 4WD Club IndioFast Camel 4WD Cruise from April 26 & 27, 1969
Tierra Del Sol 4WD Club Safari from Feb. 24-25, 1968
Tierra Del Sol 4WD Club Safari from Feb. 22-23, 1969
3rd Annual Cal 4 Wheel Hi Desert Round-Up badges from May 25, 26, 27, 1974
4th Annual Cal 4 Wheel Hi Desert Round-Up badges from May 24, 25, 26, 1976
Pasadena Free Wheelers Rough Run (1977 and up)
12th Annual Santa Maria 4 Wheelers Annual Jamboree from July 4th, 1973
Cal 4 Wheel Member badges (1976 and up)
21st Annual Jeepers Jamboree - Georgetown, CA badge from July 26-29, 1973
The Sareea Al Jamel 4WD Club (Fast Camel) was one of the country’s first organized 4x4 clubs. It was founded in Indio, California, around 1946. They hosted the Fast Camel Cruise for decades until land closures prompted the club to disband in 1991.