A new year means exciting additions to the ever-changing UNOH Fanzone experience! This Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend, celebrate together at the “World Center of Racing” with our nation’s heroes and check out historic military vehicles all weekend long inside the DAYTONA infield!
1941 Willys MB Slat Grill
After Willys-Overland Motors won the contract to build the standard quarter-ton truck in WWII, they made various improvements to their pre-standardized version, the Willys MA. This new-and-improved vehicle was named the Willys MB. The first 25,000 Willys MBs were equipped with grills fabricated from welded steel stock and are known as "slat grills" among military enthusiasts. This particular vehicle was produced in December of 1941, and was accepted by the Army in January of 1942.
1970 Ford M151A2 MUTT Jeep
In 1951, the U.S. Army's Ordnance Truck Automotive Command began working with Ford Motor Company to design and develop a replacement for earlier model Jeeps. Development proceeded through most of the Fifties and in 1960 the M151 went into service. While it bore a strong resemblance to its predecessors, the M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck) was completely new under the skin, with a monocoque design that integrated the box frame rails into the sheet-steel body-structure.
In 1970, the M151 and subsequent variant the M151A were succeeded by the M151A2, the most advanced and refined of the M151 line. Several detail changes were made including new turn signal-blackout driving lights on rounded front fenders, but the most important development was its rear semi-trailing arm suspension, which replaced the demonstrably hazardous rear swing axles used in previous models. The new system gave a more comfortable ride and better overall handling on rough terrain, a major factor in adapting the model to much more specialized applications later on.
1987 AM General M998 Humvee
After the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army underwent a modernization program which included finding an all-terrain replacement for its tactical vehicles—from the ¼-ton M151 Mutt through the 1½-ton M561 Gama Goat—with the added capacity to carry the new TOW anti-tank missile.
AM General, Chrysler Defense and Teledyne Continental all submitted prototypes, and in late 1982 the Army selected AM General’s design for production as the M998 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, or HMMWV (universally referred to by service members as the Humvee). Production kicked off in April 1984 at AM General’s plant in Mishawaka, Ind., and the first Humvees entered service in October 1985.
The vehicles will be on display under the FPL Solar Pavilion inside UNOH Fanzone Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7.
See these historic machines, meet Medal of Honor recipients, and experience the patriotism of Independence Day weekend at the summer’s biggest celebration: the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
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