THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1948 Navy Jeep owned by...

1948 Navy Jeep owned by Paul Dooling

When the first prototype of the Jeep (slang for the military’s “general purpose vehicle,” or “GP”) rolled out of the factory more than 72 years ago, it would be the beginning of a remarkable story. More than a million of the lightweight, rough-terrain vehicles would be produced during World War II alone. They would quickly distinguish themselves on the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific. When the war ended, Americans took to the Jeep like few other cars, both for recreational and family use.

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Saturday, Oct. 5:
Alternatives for Children 17th Annual Classic & Sports Car Rally to benefit children with disabilities & sponsored by Competition Automotive Group; registration opens 8:30 a.m., entry fee $175 day of event, $99 for car club members; start time 9:15 a.m. at 14 Research Way, E. Setauket; rally ends at Dockers Waterside restaurant, 94 Dune Rd., E. Quogue; info:

Bridgehampton Historical Society’s 2013 Vintage Automobile Poker Rally & Exhibit featuring sports, racing, classic & vintage cars primarily pre-1959 (with later models admitted by approval) ; gates open to public 10 a.m., spectators free; 65-mile rally begins at noon, entry fee $75; display of Bridgehampton race circuit cars & memorabilia by the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group; William Corwith House grounds, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; info: 631-537-1088, or

5th Annual Deer Park Falcons Fall Custom Car Show to benefit special needs children & presented by Special Education Parent Faculty Club; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; Deer Park HS, N. 1st St.; info: 631-860-1214

Saturday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 6:
NY Region Sports Car Club of America Autocross; registration 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m., members $45, non-members $60, spectators free; Nassau Coliseum, Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale; info:

Sunday, Oct. 6:
Cradle of Aviation Car Show hosted by LI Sound Region, Classic Car Club of America; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators free; Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City; info:

5th Annual Autumn Antique Auto Show at Big Duck Ranch to benefit Friends of the Big Duck & featuring classic cars & trucks 25 years or older; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; 1012 Flanders Rd., Flanders; info:

LI Cars’ ‘Super Swap Sunday’ Car Show & Swap Meet featuring custom & collectible show cars, car corral & vendors; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., spectators $8, under 12 free; Flowerfields Fairground, Rte. 25A, St. James; info:

LI Corvette Owners Assn. Judged Corvette Show hosted by Atlantic Chevrolet; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators free, accepting donations of non-perishable food for LI Cares; 1350 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore; info:

LI Volkswagen Club 12th Annual All VW Show featuring air- & water-cooled cars & hosted & sponsored by Donaldsons Volkswagen; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators free; 5700 Sunrise Hwy., Sayville; info:

Wednesday, Oct. 9-Saturday, Oct. 12:
2013 Antique Automobile Club of America Eastern Division National Fall Meet featuring car corral, flea market & show; see site for schedule & admission; Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA; info:

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