I've been a " Jeep Guy " since 1986 when I got my first one a 2 door 4cyl Jeep Cherokee. Then I got a 4dr Cherokee in 1989 and put a quarter million miles on it before getting another new one in 1999. I still own it and having put almost a quarter million miles on it I'm ready to let it go and get another new Grand Cherokee. It's obvious I love the Jeep Cherokee and over the years it has proven to be super dependable and handled all my needs. The only thing lacking was that fun in the sun feel you get with a Wrangler style Jeep so in 1993 I got a 1981 CJ-8 Scrambler from the original owner. It had all the original parts like the hard top, side boards and doors just like it rolled off the show room floor. I took all that stuff off and put in storage because I wanted it open. If I needed to ride in something closed up I'd take the Cherokee. Now I had the best of both worlds. I still have the white Scrambler with yellow trim but unfortunately it isn't road worthy right now so I couldn't take it over to Daytona for my first visit to the annual Jeep Beach event.
I'd heard about this event which is billed as the largest Jeep only five day event in the southeast USA but always seemed to miss it. This year I only had time to check it out for a few hours on Friday at the Daytona international Speedway and I saw enough to make sure I mark in on my calendar for next year. The infield at the speedway had a nice mix of vendors, participant Jeeps, spectator Jeeps and an obstacle course with different paths for all levels of drivers and their Jeeps. I had a lot of fun watching the Jeeps make their way over some pretty imposing obstacles. This is a five day event that includes two full days of action at the speedway, parties at different venues around Daytona and on Sunday the organizers hoped to get all the Jeeps together for a parade lap around the track before heading to the world famous Daytona beach to get the world record for longest Jeep parade. For a Jeep guy like me it was fun just driving around Daytona and seeing so many Jeeps out on the road. I didn't have time to go to the beach to see what was going on there but I plan on spending a few days at the event next year so I'll have lots more pictures and video now that I know what the event is like. Below are some pictures I took in just a couple hours at the speedway and I've included a pic of my CJ-8 Scrambler which I'll be sure to have ready for next year. The A-10 Warthog Jets flew over the speedway so I grabbed a shot of them as well. I believe they were part of an air show happening over the weekend and unrelated to the Jeep Beach event.