This past weekend marked the 6th Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival near Butler, PA the birthplace of the Jeep. Each year this event continues to grow as Jeepers and vendors from around the country made their way to the quiet town just north of Pittsburgh for the 3 day festival. The town embraces the event whole heartedly as they take over the nearby camping ground, trails, and our favorite downtown streets of Butler for the “Jeep Invasion” party on Friday night where nearly 1500 Jeeps tok over the streets for a party that ran into the night.
The town is rich with history after nearly 75 years since the American Bantam Car Company out of Butler won the initial contract to build the Army’s demands for a light weight reconnoissance vehicle to use during WWII. These days several of the original Bantam BRC and other vintage Jeeps are on display at the event along. Around the fairgrounds hundreds of venders made there way from around the country to show off their latest builds and cool new products. There was an on site obstacle course complete with mud, rocks, and off camber obstacles. Out back the woods had been cut with several trails for Jeepers to further test their skills on guided trail rides. The show brought in Jeepers from all ends of the spectrum from the first time family Jeepers to the war veterans, weekend wheelers to hardcore rock crawlers. The Zone Offraod crew made it out with sister companies BDS Suspension, JKS Manufacturing and FOX to show off some of our latest products and answer questions and show off some cool rigs. A big thanks to everyone that stopped by, its great to see old friends, customers and all the other venders.