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Alaska Convoy Wrap-Up

Fellow AC’12 Participants,

Can you believe this!!!! A month ago or so we were already making our way home from DC and some of us were likely home after our 10,000 or so mile total ride. Two+ months ago we were ready to launch from DC. Time surely does fly.

Please see the link below for the wrap-up note. You can also download order forms for the merchandize that we spoke about at our banquet in DC.

To our MVPA BoD: I want to tell you how proud I am of every single person who registered to join this great Convoy. Some folks ended up not being able to join us but I am sure that they were more than a little disappointed. We wish they could have been with us … but there’s always next time. For the 80 or so teams and around 150 people that did join the Convoy, I can only say that we lived our MVPA motto … “HISTORY IN MOTION” – and did it as a team. We hope to have a large contingent at the Portland Convention next summer so please take the opportunity to talk with our team about their experiences. These folks will be easy to spot – they will be the folks with the “I’ve been on a 4,109 mile Convoy in BC, Yukon and AK” smile on their face! Some may even have a combo smile – the TMC’09 / AC’12 “I’ve done two of these Convoys” smile. Art Pope will no doubt have the super-sized combo smile – the Rondevous’92 / TMC’09 / AC’12 “I’ve done all 3 Convoys” smile.

No Lamar, I don’t know how many days until the next First Gear – but it has to be soon, right?

Terry A. Shelswell, P. Eng., MVPA # 13957L
MVPA Convoy Projects Leader & Convoy Commander

AC’12 Convoy Wrap Up Letter

AC’12 Hat Order Form

AC’12 License Plate Order Form

AC’12 Shirt #2 Order Form

AC’12 Shirt #3 Order Form

AC’12 Shirt #4 Order Form

Posted by CL Smith : November 9, 2012 9:29 am

Convoy DONE!

Donna Jackson just reported moments ago that the 2012 MVPA Alaska Convoy just pulled into the starting point at Dawson’s Creek after 4,109 miles beginning on August 4th. Congratulations to all for an amazing achievement!!

Posted by CL Smith : August 30, 2012 4:33 pm

Convoy inspires passion in writer

Lorena Knapp is a writer living in Alaska. She recently penned a story about finding passion in life for her blog “Big State, Big Life”. The article was inspired by the MVPA Alaska Convoy when they stopped by Sheep Mountain Lodge in Sutton.

You can read Lorena’s story at

Posted by CL Smith : August 30, 2012 11:33 am

Alaska Convoy rolls to an end

The 2012 MVPA Alaska Convoy is wrapping up it’s final day. Watch for a complete After Action Report here on the MVPA website. Photos by Mark Sigrist.

Posted by CL Smith : August 30, 2012 11:18 am

New Alaska Convoy photos and press coverage

As the MVPA Alaska Convoy winds down during the last week of a once in a lifetime adventure, many participants have been posting more photos on Facebook. CLICK HERE to view the photos.

The media has been busy focusing on the Convoy as well. Last week, NBC’s Channel 2 KTUU in Alaska covered the Convoy while they were in the Mat-Su Valley. CLICK HERE to read the story and see video.

Photos below by Randy Bennett

Posted by CL Smith : August 24, 2012 2:23 pm

Convoy Headed to Denali

The convoy continues to roll along with few hitches. Some minor vehicle problems now and then but everything rolls the next morning. We are enjoying the beautiful scenery and warm reception. Good food and good weather… couldn’t ask for much more.

For lots of photos go to the Alaska Highway Convoy Facebook page.!/groups/AlaskaConvoy/.

Posted by Webmaster : August 18, 2012 1:22 am

Convoy cat-nap

Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. Never stay awake when you can sleep. Alaska Convoy photo by Donna Jackson.
Posted by CL Smith : August 17, 2012 10:18 am

Camping in the Yukon

Nothing beats camping in the Yukon with your military vehicle. Make sure to check out some of the other great Alaska Convoy photos at or follow us on Twitter @MilitaryVehicle.

Posted by CL Smith : August 16, 2012 8:14 am

Alaska Convoy featured on Canadian Broadcast website

WW II vehicle convoy marks Alaska Highway anniversary. 200 people to drive vintage military vehicles for 70th anniversary.

CBC News - Aug 5, 2012

Nearly 200 people will mark the 70th anniversary of the Alaska Highway this week with a drive up the highway in a convoy of World War II vintage military vehicles.

The convoy will travel more than 6,000 kilometres for about a month.

“If you are a collector of a historic military vehicle the chance to drive the Alaska Highway is just sort of one of the ultimates on your bucket list because of all of the history there. You really can’t be a collector of a historic military vehicle without knowing what a significant role they played in the building of the highway and you can’t look at a photo of that whole construction project without seeing one of these vehicles,” said Wendy Rowsan, a public relations volunteer with the group.

Rowsan said participants have come from across the U.S., Canada and from as far away as Australia to take part.

The convoy left the Alaska Highway mile marker zero in Dawson Creek, B.C., Saturday and are scheduled to arrive in Watson Lake Monday.

Drivers expect to be on the road travelling through Yukon and Alaska for nearly a month before returning to Dawson Creek.

Posted by CL Smith : August 9, 2012 3:58 pm

Rest Day in Watson Lake – August 7

The first three days of the convoy have been great.  Very few vehicle problems, light traffic, good meals, welcoming towns, nice camping spots and beautiful scenery.  Every day gets better.  For lots of photos go to the Convoy Facebook group at

More photos on the MVPA Facebook page too! Check them out.

Dusty ride coming up tomorrow on the Campbell Highway.

Posted by CL Smith : August 8, 2012 8:21 am

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