by Rob Mullner, Chief Enthusiast US Auto Parts
The last stop on the JC Whitney Wrench and Ride 2017 Tour found us halfway across the country from our home base in LaSalle, IL and seaside in Ocean City Maryland. It’s a great place to celebrate the end of Summer and we have grown to appreciate the great variety of Jeeps and Jeepers that attend Ocean City.
We met people from all over the East Coast and they brought their families and friends to enjoy the show. As you can imagine the beach is a magnet for doors off, top down Jeeping and the Ocean City event organizers were thoughtful enough to schedule Jeep parades down the coast each morning.
One of the unique characteristics of the Ocean City event is how many YJ, TJ and XJ owners come to this show and we saw many well maintained late model Jeeps on the streets and in the Show and Shine Car Show on Friday. Plus, besides looking great many jeeps were packing surprises like diesel swaps, superchargers and turbos to add extra horsepower and torque.
The JC Whitney JKU continued to be a popular attraction and spectators stopped by to ask questions about the equipment we have added to our Jeep to make it trail worthy and our experiences at Moab. We also fired up our Jeep so shoppers could hear our cold air intake and axle back exhaust in action.
The Ocean City event also features an indoor show in the convention center to cool off and check out wild customs and the vintage jeep display. This Australian market Overlander was a big hit.
Once again the JC Whitney tent featured great deals on all of Jeep parts and accessories courtesy of our Wrench and Ride sponsors Aries, Coverking, Crown, Curt, Powerstop and Rancho and we talked to lots of enthusiasts who remember spending time building their ultimate project car, truck and Jeep with the help of a JC Whitney catalog.
As we wrap up the Wrench and Ride 2017 tour we want to say thank you to all of the people we met across the country from Moab to Louisville and Texas to York and Ocean City; it was a wonderful trek and we look forward to seeing you all next year. And to the over 9300 Jeep and truck owners who submitted a picture of their vehicle for the Wrench and Ride Makeover we will make an announcement soon on the grand prize winner and the two runner up prize packages-make sure and check blog.jcwnitney.com/wrenchandride2017 for more news.
From all of us on the JC Whitney wrench and Ride 2017 Team-Shawn, Toby Eddie and Eric