Ren's interest in old jeeps began in 1975 with
the purchase and rebuilding of a 1963 Willys cj5. As with many
enthusiasts, his focus soon turned to early military jeeps. In
ensuing years, Ren has restored several early civilian and military
including cj2a, cj3a, M38, MB and GPW jeeps.
In 1998, Ren displayed one of his restored
1942 Ford GPWs at the 23rd International Convention of the Military
Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in
Pennsylvania. This jeep was later purchased by the Cole Land
Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine. In 2001, another of Ren's
restored 1942 Ford GPW's placed first in judging at the 2001 MVPA East
Coast Rally at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
Ren served as an official judge of WWII jeeps
at the MVPA East Coast Rally in 2002. He has also published three
articles on early jeeps – one in the now defunct Willys World (Vol. 22,
Issue 3, June 1995) and another article in Army Motors Magazine (T.
Norton, R. Bernier, & W. Spears, "Two Intrepid MB/GPW
Restorers Go in Search of the Oldest Surviving Jeep." Army Motors 100,
(2002): 8-18 ) , and another article "Bantam's Jeep" in the newsletter Strut and Axle
Ren’s interest in early jeeps has led him to
numerous military vehicle meets across the country from California to
Maryland. In 2001, Ren and a colleague arranged a special visit
to the Smithsonian Institution’s
storage facility to examine and document the Smithsonian’s very early
jeep #1007 – the only known survivor of the first 60 jeeps built.
In 2005, Ren published his first book on the topic
titled the WWII
jeep Guidebook: Buying Owning, and Enjoying Your WWII jeep. The book has proven to be widely
popular within the WWII jeep hobby and has sold copies to over 26
Ren developed this website to be used as
a restoration resource for WWII jeep restorers world-wide (www.rensjeep.com) and has
contributed extensively to several other WWII jeep internet sites.
Ren’s restored jeeps have been in numerous
parades, car shows and Veteran’s events. He is a long-time member
of the MVPA and an exhibiting member
of the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum
in Owls Head.
Maine. He lives in Topsham, Maine with his wife and three
children, two dogs and a psychotic cat.
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