Welcome to Colombia's weird Willys festival
Jason Barlow heads to South America, where overloaded classic Jeeps do wheelies in the street
Posted: 05 Feb 2014
They were also good for moving people over difficult terrain, and can still be seen to this day scampering across the land with as many as 20 passengers hanging off the side. A normal taxi doesn't cut it out here. In fact, the Willys Jeep, and its descendants, has become so integral to the Quindío region that a couple of locals decided to hold a festival to celebrate the Jeep's iconography. They split the vehicles into six categories - agriculture, moving house, artistic, traditional, non-traditional and coffee - to encourage competition. That was 25 years ago.
Tomorrow's festivities are expected to attract up to 130 Jeeps, and all the attendant media hoo-hah. Along with the examples we've already seen in the Plaza, there will be vastly more silliness, including the legendary pique. And Pesebre, whose name is whispered in such hushed tones, it's as if his very existence is a rumour.