• Apr 25, 2010
The Jeep Wrangler turns 71 next year, and the city of Toledo, Ohio wants to celebrate the anniversary. Well, let's back up a bit: the first iteration of the Willys MB was penned in 1940. That would turn into the first Jeep, produced in the company's Toledo factory, in 1941. And so next year is really considered the 70th anniversary of the Jeep Wrangler.

Not that one digit matters too much – the Jeep has been around, done its time, and deserves a proper bash. The Jeep Parkway Plant was torn down in 2006, and according to the Toledo Blade, city residents are working on a plan to create an off-road course as a birthday present and lasting playground with the requisite bogs and obstacles for the go-anywhere convertible.

A few small items still stand in the way, however - such as procuring the land, paying for the construction, and then letting the world know such a place exists. The city would like Chrysler to introduce the Wrangler's interior refresh in Toledo to help with promotion, but no such commitment has been made yet. Nevertheless, both Toledo and the Jeep have gotten around larger impediments, so there's still hope.

[Source: Toledo Blade]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see parks like this all over the country. It would give inexperienced off-roaders a chance to practice somewhere safe, cut down on the ecological impact of offroading in the wilderness (which admittedly isn't very big but every little bit helps) and it would be a damn fun thing to do when you're bored and don't feel like going too far.

      Unrelated: lots of people are saying things like they think this is only for Jeep owners. If you read over the post, you'll see that Jeep isn't planning this and nowhere does it mention that only Jeeps would be able to participate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an LR3 owner I would support and make it a destination trip from MN. :)
      Its very rare that cities/communities get behind those kind of things most of the time so why not reward one that does?
      Dan Dessner
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could be a great tourism thing. They could have a factory delivery center with a factory tour and a jeep museum and the off-road course. This is what BMW has done in Spartanburg. It's such a good idea, it will never happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Dessner
        You dont even need to look to Germany for this. The Corvette plant in Kentucky has the National Corvette Museum next door. You can also have your corvette delivered to the Museum after watching it being built. And the corvette museum is starting construction on a motorsports park which will have 2 roadcourses which can be connected, a 10 acre autocross pad, and 1/4 drag strip.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Dessner
        Totally agree - Jeep is a huge part of Toledo pride and this would be great for the local economy if they make the attempt to do more than just add an offroad course (though that, in and of itself, would be awesome). Its time to start capitalizing on our heritage here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this thing gets built, I will drive all the way from Texas in my Jeep to participate.

      Larry
      http://www.4-the-love-of-jeeps.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds good, but who will cover liability costs? Can you imagine the bad press if someone were hurt driving a Jeep on Chrysler property? I doubt this will happen, but some type of recreational use might include a very tame course with a few bumps, a few puddles and some mud holes, on a public area. Maybe a campground type park for visitors to tour the plant and watch a demo by Jeep employees on a challenging road course just like they have at Autoshows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know jeep owners are a tight knit group but they should also look to the hummer owners for support in this project. After all jeeps and hummers share the same seven slot grill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True. If they are going to use it they should support it. When it's all said and done charge jeep owners less to use it because it is their homeland and others a little more. Im sure alot of clubs would be using it to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They might as well rope in owners of 4Runners,FJ Cruisers Land Rovers as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Intriguing idea, and one that would probably appeal to those off-roaders who can't make it to leased land for their kicks.

      If Toledo goes through with it, though, they may as well retain a quarter of the land to office the sudden influx of "slip-and-fall" lawyers that are certain to voraciously descend upon the park.

      Chuck Williams
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many years ago, before I became president of the United Four Wheel Drive Association, I got the honor of going on a tour of this very plant, all the members at the convention got to go on th tour also. We saw rolled steel turn in jeep panels and eventually complete bodies. I agree that this would be a perfect place for a 4x4 recreational park. I just opened my own business and mt motto was " NEVER GIVE UP !" Good luck getting your park

      Chuck Williams
      Past President, UFWDA
      Past President, FLA.4 Wheel Drive Assoc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler might not be able to afford to support this but there are enough Jeep Owner's Clubs out there that they could tap into. Plus off roading clubs in general. Make it more of an ancestral home to off roading than just one brand. Brand snobbery would just limit your fund raising.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they go through with this, I see a road trip from Colorado in my future. My only requests, keep the smoke stacks if at all possible and make it challenging. I've been to a few Jeep events and the trails they have are to easy for my stock Rubicon, let alone my built Jeep.
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