MVPA member provides tank for “Fury”

MVPA member Stelan Lopez’s company,, provided Sony Pictures with the star of their motion picture “Fury”. No, Not Brad Pitt, but the Sherman M4A3E8 featured in the film. Here are some of Stelan’s photos from the set and promotional events with the cast members. Check out all the photos on our Facebook page at


Posted by CL Smith : January 27, 2015 2:06 pm

MVPA launches new E-membership option and digital publications

MVPA-tabletby David Doyle

Most people agree, the only thing that seems to stay the same is change. It seems only a few years ago that Supply Line was a thin pulp paper buy/sell listing, and Army Motors was a slick black and white publication. I also clearly remember when gas stations had to hand letter the dollar increment in fuel prices, because the pumps would not display more than .99 9/10 per gallon; when mailing a package to friends in Britain cost only a few pennies more than mailing the same package to a friend here in the US, and how I hoped to own an example of each body type G-742 2 1/2-ton truck.

But those things have changed. I’m getting to the point in life where I need to start thinking about having LESS stuff, instead of more, and increasingly I find that what I do want – I want NOW. I sit in an office filled with hundreds of books, and filing cabinets of documents. My son sits in an office filled with few books, but several video monitors and infinitely more computing power than was aboard the Apollo spacecraft. I am sure that this “generation gap” is not unique to us.

I travel with a briefcase stuffed with a few magazines of current interest. The young man near me in the waiting room has a thin plastic tablet, upon which he can read any of thousands of books, from Shakespeare’s works to the latest New York Times. While I prefer my way, I can see the appeal of his.

The MVPA Directors have heard the request, not only from younger members, but also those looking to lessen the amount of “things” in their home, as well as our overseas members who would like to speed access to their publications. We have also heard the requests of our membership that we look for ways to maintain our current level of member services, but provide them at a lower cost.

One solution to these varied requests can be found in an “E-membership.” Members, and future members, who opt for the E-membership will continue to have all the benefits and privileges inherent with MVPA regular membership, but rather than receiving printed copies of Army Motors and Supply Line via postal mail, they will access and read their publications online.

The publications will be accessed through the Association website, Members will need only to log in with their membership credentials to gain access. Naturally, the publications, which are a member benefit, will not be available to non-members, and software will track access and limit the number devices that a member can use to access the publications. This will prevent non-members from accessing the material, even if they should discover someone’s membership credentials.

In addition to being able to be read through like a conventional magazine, the online publications are searchable. Open the electronic magazine, enter what you are looking for in the search box, say “CCKW” or “M151”, click search, and it will show you every instance those terms appear in the issue.

If you want a hard copy of a page from a how-to article to take into the shop, simply print that page out. Plus, an active online library of back issues is being developed as well.

To introduce this format, the current issue of Supply Line, as well as the previous few issues of Supply Line and Army Motors, are on line now. To view these publications, go to click on the “Member Login & Renew” link on the left hand side of the page. After logging in you can access the portal to the MVPA digital publication library.

It is membership renewal time for many of you now, and we would like to ask you to explore the electronic format. If you would like to keep your traditional membership format with print publications, renew accordingly. The print publications are not going away, rather we are merely adding the additional option of electronic membership. If you would like your upcoming membership term to be in the new E-membership format, then check the appropriate membership category and remit the lower $35 rate. Note that E-memberships are the same price world wide.

Your directors welcome your feedback on this new membership option.


Posted by CL Smith : December 2, 2014 4:49 pm

MV surplus sales resume


Posted by CL Smith : August 14, 2014 11:23 am

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

Results of the MVPA 2013 Board of Directors Election

Term March 2014 – March 2018

The CPA firm completed the count and MVPA Secretary Tom Wolboldt certified the election on December 17, 2013. There were 785 valid ballots counted compared to 965 in the 2011 election, and 735 ballots in the 2009 election. 80 ballots were not valid for various reasons.

The following nominees received the highest number of votes and will serve a 4-year term staring in March 2014: Kevin Emdee (475 votes), Daniel Dolan (390 votes), Steve Greenberg (341 votes), and Bill Scott (338 votes).

The new Board members will be serving the first 2 years of their terms with David Cadorette, David Welch, Tom Wolboldt and Kevin Lockwood, whose terms end in 2016. The appointed Directors are Reg Hodgson – Army Motors Editor; David Doyle – Supply Line Editor; and Steve Preston – Convention Chairman

The following nominees will be called to serve if any of the eight elected Directors cannot complete their term prior to the next election in 2015: Lamar Rowland (286 votes), Gary Hisel (240 votes), Stewart Entz (234 votes), or John Pojunos (222 votes).

The next election process will start with the call for nominations in March 2015.

Posted by CL Smith : December 20, 2013 12:01 pm

M100 Raffle Fundraiser for Gary Wirth

Trailer_raffle_flyer_FINALOur friend and award-winning military vehicle and car restoration expert, Gary Wirth, is in urgent need of help. For years, Gary has been one of the top go-to guys for the best in MV restoration. He made the old, new again. Refreshed the tired. Helped the battle-worn. Now it’s our turn to help him. We invite you to join us to offer finan­cial help to him and his wife, Sherry, in this difficult time. 

Gary was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leuke­mia (CLL) in 2007. But now, his condition has worsened. He needs a T-cell transplant at Mayo Clinic in October, where they will essentially replace his immune system with that from a carefully selected donor. He has al­ready started weekly preparation treatments and will continue to do so until the transplant surgery.

Once the transplant is completed at Mayo, he and Sherry will stay in Rochester for at least 3 months in near isolation for monitoring and follow-up treatment. The prognosis is good, but not certain, and the journey will take months on a long and sometimes difficult road.

Thankfully, their health insurance will pay for most of the transplant costs, but not for his stay. And without work or income until after his Rochester stay, their ev­eryday expenses need to be covered as well.

The need is real. And the need is now. Their expenses are already mounting. Will you please help contribute to the Gary Wirth Restoration Trust? 

Please send a check, make an immediate PayPal trans­fer payment, or make a deposit today at any Wells Far­go Bank to the Gary Wirth Restoration Trust account. Check our Facebook page for updates, more info and for ways to buy tickets for the M100 trailer raffle! 

And we know that you, like us, will look for other ways to help them in the months to come, to let them know that they are in our hearts and prayers every day.



Questions & RSVP: Mike Dyer @ 612.840.1194 or 19645 Hills of Claire Ave., Prior Lake, MN 55372-8775 or

Wells Fargo Acct: Gary Wirth Restoration Trust
Facebook page: Gary’s Restoration

Please note: while all proceeds will go to Gary & Sherry, these
will not be tax-deductible donations. The cost and time required
to make that possible was too great and took too long.

Posted by CL Smith : December 2, 2013 10:42 am


The 2014 MVPA Membership Renewals are now due! Renew by December 20, 2013 to receive Supply Line & Army Motors uninterrupted! You can renew online by clicking HERE.

To renew by check, make payable to MVPA and send to:
Military Vehicle Preservation Association
PO Box 520378, Independence, MO 64052

You can also call with a Discover, VISA or Mastercard:
(816) 833-6872 – (800) 365-5798

U.S. Memberships
Second Class Postage – $50
1st Class Postage – $75 
Outreach membership – $50 (sent to a school or library)

Outside the U.S.
Canadian – $60
International – $70
Outreach membership – $50 (sent to a school or library)

Business/Associate (includes a listing in each issue of Supply Line)
U.S. Business- $60
Canadian Business – $70
International Business – $80

Posted by CL Smith : October 10, 2013 11:36 am

2013 Convention Winners!

Check out photos of the military vehicle restoration winners from this year’s MVPA Convention. CLICK HERE

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Posted by CL Smith : September 27, 2013 3:47 pm

World War II Tanker School 101

MVPA member Tom Townsend of Rusk, Texas recently put this little video together on the WWII Tank School sponsored by the Museum of the American GI in College Station, Texas. Participants learn how to operate as a member of a crew on an original US tank from the era. For more videos, visit the MVPA YouTube Channel at

Posted by CL Smith : December 14, 2012 12:12 pm

MVPA Our House in Normandy

Traveling to France to see the D-Day sites? Bringing your MV? Need a place to stay or just relax? The MVPA guest house right in Normandy is open to all members and operated by Pierre and Silvia of the Florida MVPA. To find out more, go to

Posted by CL Smith : October 8, 2012 12:10 pm

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