MVPA Convoy News

Convoys sponsored by the MVPA Historical Archives.

Track the Convoy

Looking to track the BH’15 Convoy as it happens? Visit this link and click the TRACK THE CONVOY button.

Also, keep up with us on Facebook at

Posted by CL Smith : September 22, 2015 2:57 pm

Convoy getting ready to roll!

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is conducting a 95th Anniversary Convoy with as many as 65 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) that will retrace the
original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route – along the Bankhead Highway. The MVPA’s 2015 Bankhead Convoy (“BH-15”) will launch from Washington, DC on Saturday, 19 September, 2015 and arrive in San Diego, CA some 29 days later, on Saturday, 17 October.

To download our full PRESS RELEASE and CALENDAR. You can also get all of this information and our DAILY ROUE MAP on our Facebook page at

Posted by CL Smith : September 8, 2015 10:41 am

The latest information on the BH’15 Convoy

It won’t be too long before the MVPA Bankhead Convoy starts on it’s journey. Here is the latest downloads of information for participants and those who want to visit with the Convoy along the way.

August Group Communications

Convoy Participation

Convoy Calendar

Don’t forget to stay up to date by visiting the MVPA Convoy Facebook Page at

Posted by CL Smith : August 14, 2015 8:50 am

BH’15 Convoy Comms Package – March

Here is the latest communication package from the 2015 MVPA Bankhead Highway Convoy which will kick off later this year.

Items covered:

  • Current roster level
  • Sponsor activities
  • A typical Daily Trip Map
  • Honoring our Veterans
  • Update your first aid / CPR / AED training
  • “Listen Only” Radio information

Click HERE to download the document. You can also visit the MVPA Historic Convoys Facebook Page at

Posted by CL Smith : March 31, 2015 10:28 am

2015 Convoy meeting at the MVPA Convention

For those that are planning to come to Louisville and to our Convoys planning session on Tuesday & Wednesday (24 & 25 June), please see the agenda below PLUS some items that I want you to print and bring with you.

Tuesday, 24 June’14 @ 0830 hrs – meet in breakfast area and then move to our assigned room. We’ll have breaks, stop for lunch and wrap up ~ 1800 hrs or earlier.

Wednesday, 25 June’14 @ 0900 hrs – meet at our assigned room.

Proposed Agenda:

– Convention final preparations
– Display content & arrangement – final plans.
– Shelswell – 10-year map, AC’12 photos, canvas wraps, …
– Coverage of the tables.
– Content of the 2 assigned seminar periods

– Discuss our Facebook fan page

– Current level of registration and any special actions to take
during the upcoming Convention.
– SOP review.
– POC data gathering review and next steps using this data.
– Detailed route review.
– Overnight stopping point and lunch stopping point review and
actions still to take.
– Initial March Units’ organization.
– Merchandize plan.
– Support vehicle team plans. How to integrate these teams
deeper into the daily activities of the Convoy?
– How is this project progressing with only 14 months before

– Other Convoy projects’ review
– 2017 – 2023 per the ‘rolling 10 year plan’
– Louisiana Maneuvers Convoy proposal
– Other proposed Convoys to be considered

– Around the table (all)

Items to bring:

– Print out the agenda for this meeting.
– Copies of the SOPs attached.
– Bring with you any of the “red-line” maps that you downloaded
from drop box in order to make your list of city POCs

Posted by CL Smith : June 17, 2014 1:26 pm

2015 MVPA Convoy starts to come together

Hey military vehicle fans, The MVPA has launched a new Facebook page just for the organization’s historic convoys including 2015’s Bankhead Convoy from Washington D.C. to San Diego, CA. Go to and click the LIKE button to get all the information and to receive photos and stories by participants during the actual events!

We have 59 MV teams registered as of 27 August, 2014. To join this great Convoy please call or email MVPA HQ. They will forward your request onto the BH’15 Team. Thanks!”

Posted by CL Smith : May 30, 2014 2:46 pm

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

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