Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Resurrection of Flat Fender Jeeps at the 60th Annual Jeepers Jamboree

Thanks to my friend Charlene Bower from Bower Motorsports Media for publishing the following information on next week's historic 60th Annual Jeepers Jamboree.  I'm lucky enough to be able to attend this year, riding into Rubicon Springs with a small herd of Flatfenders.  Be sure to check back with this blog for photos, videos, and a trip report after the event.

The 60th Annual Jeepers Jamboree will take place on the historic Rubicon Springs Trail July 26 – 30, 2012.  The longest running event of this kind, it is a historic accomplishment for certain.  There are many special features for this years trip including Movies on the Grass, Historical hikes and talks, Diamond in the Rough wine tasting supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation, 60th Anniversary feature Jeep Giveaway & Raffle, largest vendor show to date and a Flatfender Show’N’Shine awarding a People’s Choice Plaque.

Everyone on the trip is welcome to show off their Jeep Flat Fender on Saturday morning at the meal area and guests are encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award.  The group that was commonly known as Flatville between the years of 1990 and 2002 will be hosting this social gathering.  “The rock trail that was once only used by these ‘ol flat fenders in the 1950’s when Jeepers Jamboree started is now a lot easier to maneuver with the bigger tires and suspension,” said Ben Bower, a founding father of Flatville.  “All the trail hands have been warned to bring old parts for this trip, its going to be a lot of fun to bring this whole group in!”  Typically in its heyday there were about 20 flatfenders camped together; they are anticipating that 20-40 will be converging for this historic 60th Annual Event.  To see additional photos from the scrapbook (literally) go to

History buffs will enjoy two separate events planned.  One is a hike and talk about the camp and surrounding areas hosted by Geologist George Wheeldon.  Steve Morris will talk about the history of Rubicon Springs and Jeepers Jamboree.  “There is so much history surrounding this entire area and 60 years of this trip that we thought it was important to offer guests an opportunity to hear about it,” said Bob Sweeney, Jeepers Jamboree Board of Directors.  The Movie on the Grass on Thursday night will feature the 50th Anniversary Movie and the Tip to Tip Darion Trip.

Rubicon Trail Foundation is hosing a Diamonds in the Rough Wine Tasting.  $25 per person, which includes a Souvenir plastic wine glass etched with the 60th Anniversary Logo and all participants will go into a drawing for a free bottle of wine.  All proceeds will go to the Rubicon Trail Foundation who is dedicated to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access.

60th Anniversary Jeep Giveaway and Raffle will take place on both Friday and Saturday nights while enjoying two bands: Papa Blues and Whisky Dawn.  The 60th Anniversary Jeep, which has been the focus of events across the country for the last year, will be given away to one lucky guest on Saturday night.  Sponsors include Jeep, Currie Enterprises, GenRight, Black Rock, Ten-Factory, Motogear, Goodyear, Arabia’s Overkill, KW Jeep,, RockHard and Eagle Radiator.

The Largest Vendor show in Jamboree history will be set up all day Saturday including representatives from 4 Wheel Parts, G2 Axle & Gear, Currie Enterprises, FishMouth, GenRight, MetalCloak, NorCal Rock Racing, Olympic 4×4, OilTek, OR-Fab, Paramount, Performance Acc., Poly Performance, Pro Comp, Quadratec, Raceline Wheels, Roggy Enterprises, Rubicon Express, SmittyBilt, Synergy, Trail Master, WFO Concepts, Arabia’s Overkill, Bio-Clense, Black Rock, KMF Offroad, Parts Mike, Rock Hard, Rubicon Ready, Savvy Offroad, Varozza 4×4 and Yukon Gear & Axle.

This years Jeepers Jamboree is currently sold out, however we encourage you to put the dates on your calendar for next year.  It is a trip not to be missed.

Contact: Charlene Bower
Phone: 714-394-1716

4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine's contributor Chris Collard wrote a terrific article covering the event.  Photos and the story can be found here on their website.

JP Magazine's associate editor Pete Trasborg covered their efforts building up their mothballed TJ and getting it to the event, as well as their journey along the trail.  JP's perspective mirrors that of many attendees to the event, which makes for a very interesting story.

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