By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85
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Videographer / Director: Carlos Angel
Producer: John Balson, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters
The all-terrain vehicles were introduced to the mountainous country in the 1940s and soon became indispensable because of their ability to deal with the rough terrain.
Now every June at the Yipao Parade - Jeep-mad Colombians fill their vehicles with crazy possessions and wheel spin around the town of Calarcá.
Photographer Carlos Angel, 66, who attended the festival this year for the first time, said: “The reason Colombians are able to supply the best coffee in the world is because of the Willys MB (known commonly as a Jeep).
“The territory in Colombia is extreme and rugged but the Jeep is able to do the work of 20 mules so we were able to work it.
"It revolutionised agriculture in the country when it was introduced in the 1940s. It is only right that we pay homage to this wonderful gasoline vehicle, which can do the work of 20 mules without ever tiring.”
The festival has been taking place in the city since 1988 and normally features around 70 Willys MB Jeeps.
“The festival has three distinct parts,” added Carlos.
“Firstly we have the agriculture section where participants load their Jeeps with cassava, corn, bananas, coffee and all manner of products from the land.
“Then they load their Jeeps with an enourmous amount of household objects as if the owners were having to move farms - just like in the old days where they would need to assemble their belongings and do everything in one trip.
“That is the most recognisable part of the parade as the weight often makes the Jeeps wheelie around town on their back wheels – it’s a lot of fun.
“Then we have the free category where Jeep owners and renters decorate their vehicles with all kinds of ornaments and trinkets that they choose.
“I will certainly be back next year – it was great fun.”