In the most American video you will likely see this week, some vintage Willys Jeeps tackle an intimidating looking rock crawl at Moab with the accompanying sound of heavy wind and rock music in the background. The only thing missing is a Bald Eagle making its peal call in the distance. They might be old, predating most of us who are watching this video, but this squadron of vintage Willys Jeeps proves their undying capability of ultimate utilitarian use at Moab in the Utah region of the USA. Appropriately named Wipe Out Hill, the stretch of track provides daunting gradients with undulating rock faces which aren’t done justice in video format. Viewers can see the steering input and slow, technical driving required in this video where the three models are seen taking alternate lines to each other in an attempt to descend and scale the rock surface.
Nonetheless, the duo of Willys Jeeps named Barnicle Will and Slumdog along with a Willys Jeep Station Wagon take turns going up and down for some fun, albeit the two Willys Jeeps are required to proceed with caution as neither have modern day safety equipment like a roll-cage or even a drivers harness. Once at the bottom the Jeep Station Wagon, an early precursor to the SUV partakes in some sand bowl fun, kicking up dust in the process.
The rudimentary models complete the entire jaunt with relative ease, retaining grip and traction throughout compliments of the archaic, 70+ year old four-wheel-drive system found in the model.
The Willys Jeep may have been one of the most important vehicles to be born during the second World War. Known for their rugged off-road ability and capability in treacherous terrains, the military version became popular with soldiers in the European and Pacific theatres of war.