MVPA Convention – 2018 Part 2

Part two of Bob’s trip to te MVPA Convention in Louisville KY. In this special episode, Bob talks to two World War II veterans about their experiences.

First Tom Grasser, talks about landing on Omaha beach with his WC54 Ambulance.

Then Bob listens to Melvin Richardson tell about his experience in the Seabees throughout the Pacific theatre. Two great stories from the Greatest Generation.

MVPA Convention – 2018 Part 1

This is part one of Bob’s visit to the 2018 MVPA Convention in Louisville Kentucky. In this episode, Bob talks with the new president of the MVPA and get’s his take on the organization.

This year’s emphasis is on World War I vehicles and Bob interviews a special “hands on” restorer of a World War I Light Patrol vehicle.

Then, he talks to the “King of Carts,” a collector who specializes in
WWI ammo carts.

Bob also get’s a look at a rare M1917 light tank from the Indiana Military Museum.

MVPA National Convention – Cleveland Ohio

Military Collectors is at the MVPA National Convention in Cleveland Ohio this week!

Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

If you would like to become a member of the MVPA click here:

Season 2, Episode 6

Military Collectors and The Florida MVPA Winter Rally

This week Bob is down in Florida featuring one of the largest military collectors swap meets in the country… The Florida chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association is hosting this national spring kickoff event. Bob will be featuring some very unusual collectors and their personal best examples of military vehicles.

Renninger’s Mt. Dora is a 117-acre conglomerate of flea and antique markets perched atop a hill along U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora. It is not only big it is arguably the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Renninger’s has made a commitment to the success of this show with attractive vendor participation, space available to rival any location nationally and to become the premier biannual military vehicle show in the nation.

About the First Florida Chapter MVPA:

The First Florida Chapter MVPA was founded in 1981 by Earle Byers

Our Club covers the entire State of Florida. It is divided into 7 Regions, each with a coordinator. We currently have over 200 active members with nearly as many vehicles. Some members own more than one Military Vehicle. Our calendar lists over 100 events for our members to participate in each year. Click on the Calendar Link to see our current Event Calendar. The highlight for the club is our Annual The Charles Craven Winter Rally and Swap Meet held each year in February at the Renninger’s Flea Market in Mount Dora Florida. We recently completed our 2015 Rally and it was a huge success! We had over 100 Vehicles, 40+ vendors and thousands of spectators. The 2016 Rally will be in February and promises to be even bigger. Click on the 2016 Rally link to the left for more information.

We invite everyone to join our group. You do not have to own a Military Vehicle to be a member, just an interest in them and a willingness to be part of a dedicated group of Men, Women and Families who enjoy Military Vehicles, making Friends and enjoying life in Florida. Click on the Membership Link for more information. You can also see an issue of our club newsletter, THE SOUTHERN OUTPOST there. Each issue is packed with stories and photos of events, members vehicles, For Sale and Wanted, Event Calendar and much more. After you join, you will begin receiving the Newsletter by mail. An electronic copy is also posted in the MEMBERS ONLY section located in the Membership link.

Season 1, Episode 4