~Sent in by Wendy and Roger Goeckner, members of the Midstates Jeepster Association
We belong to the Midstates Jeepster Association, and I am the club’s historian. I don’t fly!!! However, the club’s chairperson for the Fall 2013 meet asked if I’d be willing to go up in a 1937 Piper Cub (two-seater, just me and the pilot) and get an aerial shot of all the Jeepsters. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do it. I went up and got a beautiful photo. I also kissed the ground when I got off of the plane (the pilot ribbed me about that!!!). I went home and put that on my bucket list and then immediately crossed it off! The next shot is of Willys Jeepsters on the road in Goshen, Indiana during a Midstates Jeepster Association meet in the Spring of 2012.
This blue Willys Jeepster is Wendy and Roger’s 1949 Willys Jeepster representing Hospice of Kankakee Valley in the Bourbonnais (Illinois) Friendship Festival Parade in June of 2013. Inside the Jeepster are Roger Goeckner and granddaughter Gianna.
Here is a picture of Roger and his 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster in front of a restored Texaco Station on Route 66 in Dwight, Illinois in October of 2012. Roger’s goal is to restore the Jeepster to it’s original beauty (a work still in progress). Scraped down through three layers of paint that included yellow and red, and we were delighted to discover the original colors were these blues!
Here are a few Willys-Overland Jeepsters at a restored Standard Oil station in Odell, Illinois on Route 66. This was taken by me during our Fall 2013 meet of the Midstates Jeepster Association.
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