Yorkshire-based brothers Gary and Steve Docherty and friend Glen McKeith get the most out of their ex-World War Two and later military Jeeps
I first got talking to Gary Docherty on a section of the Patina National Trial at Helmsley in September 2019 when he invited me to have a go in the passenger seat of his 1943 Willys MB. He was driving it very skilfully across the same trials course that a column of leafspring Land Rovers had also just been taking turns bouncing over. Naturally, the event being a Land Rover versus Jeep scenario, and taking place in Yorkshire, there was a degree of light-hearted banter…
With abs pulled firmly in against the little canvas seat and feet braced against the footwell, I was all set in my mind’s eye to re-enact period footage I’d seen of World War Two Willys MB Jeeps and Bantam trailers airborne over ruts.
With no steering wheel or any other handy grab handle to hang onto it was a challenging workout as well as a thrilling ride. Gary, a very experienced trials driver with many years of Land Rover and Jeep ownership behind him, went on to win his class (those with the shortest wheelbase).