John North Willys Bicycle Rally

Sunday August 27th   9:00 AM – Outhouse Park – Canandaigua NY

Bring family and friends; join us in supporting the Ontario County Historical Museum
on Sunday August 27, 2017
Donation per person: $25 in Advance; $30 Day of event

Registration can be with the form below or on line at:

Who was John North Willys?
John North Willys owned a bike factory and shop in Canandaigua NY in the 1890s. After leaving here, he went on to form the Willys-Overlamd motorcar company.

The legacy of John North Willys is all around us. The Jeep, his concept, is perhaps the best known American “car” after the Ford Model-T is found virtually everywhere.  Willys, started as a bicycle maker in Canandaigua, NY but soon emerged as one of our country’s great Motorman owning and building the Overlander brand automobile.  John North Willys was second only to the great Henry Ford in as a captain of the United States automobile industry.  Willys’s proposal for the enduring design of the iconic Jeep was selected by the United States military in the 1940s as their general purpose vehicle.  The GP or Jeep name has endured.  John North Willys was born and raised in Canandaigua, NY.  This bicycle rally is named in his honor so that his legacy may live on

The proceeds of this event will assist the Ontario County Historical  Society in continuing its mission of bringing our history to the community. Our most recent exhibit features Women’s Suffrage and the contributions of our local woman to that movement.

A Family Oriented Event

This is a rally, not a race, and encourages participation by cyclists of all skill levels.

Event Details
The riders will depart at 9am but the event will start at 8 am with registration, information tables and an on-site bike shop representative to help with last minute adjustments and tire pressure checks and inflation.

Both the 10 and 25 mile routes will begin and end at the Richard Outhouse Park in the Town of Canandaigua. Both routes are of moderate difficulty with some rolling hills and flat stretches. The 10 mile course will have more moderate terrain.

Riders will return to Outhouse Park for refreshments and camaraderie.