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Each year the MVPA’s annual International Convention brings together historic military vehicle enthusiasts from around the world and throughout the U.S. Many of the best vehicles – of all types and eras – and recognized experts are found in one place.

  • Hundreds of restored and original vehicles
  • Displayed, judged, and some available for sale
  • Scores of vendors provide access to parts and information
  • Technical seminars and discussions groups
  • New friends are brought together by a shared interest
  • Activities, tours, and event for all family members
2023 MVPA-HA International Convention - Des Moines, Iowa, 15-17 JUNE  2023

UPDATE, 20 September 2022: We’re in the planning stages for the 2023 MVPA Convention to be held on June 15-17 at the Iowa StateFairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. I want to bring you up to date on some highlights.

We plan for this convention to be more interactive than some in the past. And because the fairground allows it, we will be taking vehicles out of the convention center for a daily parade. We will also be having seminars and demonstrations throughout the days.

We will be having tours to the Gold Star Military Museum, John WayneBirthplace and Museum, Boone Valley Scenic Railroad, and a continuous running shuttle to downtown Des Monies stopping at historic places and shopping places.

We’re adding a new class for judged vehicles this year. This will be the Modified Military Vehicle Class. Entrants must have a military vehicle chassis and body, but any customizations are welcome. We hope this will encourage more people to come to the convention and share their passion. We want to expand our outreach to potential new members and welcome all who enjoy military vehicles — in whatever way they do it. You might know of people who may have modified vehicles and felt that they wouldn’t fit in.  Reach out and invite them!

We will also be having seminars on half-tracks, front end alignments on Jeeps and vehicle maintenance by Les Fisher, a military radio demonstration by Charlie Ricketts, and there are plans for some nice armor displays.The food services will be greatly improved with multiple vendors and a dining area.The convention hall is huge. Half of it will be vehicles, and the other half vendors.

Though the floor plan is not yet finished, the aisles will be large enough for vendors to drive pickups and cars to their tables for setup and teardown. Carts and a forklift will be available at no charge.Parking is free, and we will have electric scooters available to rent.

Vendor tables are priced at $85.00 per table. If you want to reserve your tables, we should have the floor plan by the time this issue is released. For those of you who pay in full at the time of reservation, you will be able to get a full refund if you inform us of your cancellation at least 90days before the convention. You can also pay half down with your reservation(non-refundable) and pay the remainder 90 days before the event.

— Bill Scott, Event Director
eventdirector@MVPA.org or 502-649-6675

Year

Location

Host Affiliate

1976
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Area Affiliate - Hell on Wheels
1977
Lakehurst Naval Air Station, NJ
North & South Jersey Affiliates
1978
Lowry Air Force Base, CO
Rocky Mountain MV Historical Society
1979
Chicago, IL
Tri-State Affiliate
1980
Valley Forge, PA
Greater Pennsylvania Affiliate
1981
San Pedro, CA
Central California Affiliate
1982
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, Mid Kansas, Rocky Mountain Affiliates
1983
Vancouver, BC Canada
Western Command
1984
Charlotte, NC
First Carolinas Affiliate
1985
Wichita, KS
Kansas City, Mid-Kansas, Rocky Mountain Affiliates
1986
Lowell, MA
The New England Affiliate
1987
Galveston, TX
Houston Area Affiliate
1988
Portland, OR
Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon
1989
Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain MV Historical Society
1990
Hampton, VA
Blue & Gray Military Vehicle Trust
1991
Chicago, IL
Northern Illinois Affiliate
1992
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club
1993
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Area Affiliate ? Hell on Wheels
1994
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA
Red Ball Military Transport
1995
Arlington, TX
Arrowhead Affiliate of the MVPA
1996
Portland, OR
Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon
1997
Memphis, TN
Mid-South Affiliate of the MVPA
1998
Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA
Red Ball Military Transport
1999
San Jose, CA
Military Vehicle Collectors of California
2000
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Area Affiliate - Hell on Wheels
2001
Fort Lee, VA
Virginia Military Vehicle Association
2002
Dallas, TX
Arrowhead Affiliate of the MVPA
2003
Alameda, CA
Military Vehicle Collectors of California
2004
Mobile, AL
Dixie Division Military Vehicle Club
2005
Duluth, MN
Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association
2006
Dayton, OH
Ohio Motorpool
2007
Little Rock, AR
Arkansas MVPA - MV Travelers
2008
Portland, OR
Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon
2009
Evansville, IN
Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association
2010
Topeka, KS
Rolling Thunder
2011
Dayton, OH
Ohio Motorpool
2012
Huntsville, AL
Dixie Division MVC
2013
Portland, OR
MVCC of Oregon
2014
Louisville, KY
Kilroy Chapter, Indiana/Kentucky
2015
Topeka, KS
Rolling Thunder Living History Foundation
2016
Pleasanton, CA
Military Vehicle Collectors of California
2017
Cleveland, OH
Ohio Motorpool
2018
Louisville, KY
Kilroy Chapter, Indiana/Kentucky
2019
York, PA
MVPA Board of Directors
2020
Findlay
CANCELLED
2021
South Bend
MVPA Board of Directors
2022
South Bend, Indiana
MVPA Board of Directors

Best of Show

Ted Wooding
1942 Dodge WC-56

Judges' Choice / Particpants' Choice

Ted Wooding
1942 WC-56
Paul Gummere
1972 AM General M817

Best Vehicle Display

%
Indiana Rustbusters
"Heavy Lifting"

Master Class

99.10
%
Peter Ferris
1944 Willys MB
98.58
%
Ted Wooding
1952 Dodge WC-56

Restored Class - Gold

96.90
%
Mark Harris
1973 AM General M151A2
96.85
%
Richard Carine
1942 Harley-Davidson WLA

Restored Class - Silver

89.96
%
Greg Horvath
1979 AM General M718A1

Restored Class - Bronze

No items found.

Motor Pool Class - Veteran

99.15
%
Kevin Emdee
1966 Johnson Furnace Co. M416
98.83
%
Chris Causley
1943 Clark CT-6
98.45
%
Sean Carrigan
1952 Strick Co. M100

Motor Pool Class - Gold

97.78
%
Dan Brewer
1941 Dodge WC-15
97.55
%
Robert Starr
1945 Willys MB
96.79
%
Paul Gummere
1972 AM General M817
96.17
%
Jeff Oosting
1989 AM General HMMWV
95.57
%
Ken Hoelscher
1942 Studebaker US6
94.98
%
Don Marshall
1952 Willys M38
94.94
%
John Cheney II
1989 AM General M998
94.62
%
Mike Mark
1943 Wite M3A1 Half-Track

Motor Pool Class - Silver

88.85
%
Matthew Stein
1944 WIllys MB
87.78
%
Kevin Emdee
1967 Ford M151A1
86.85
%
Doug McKee
1944 Studebaker M29 Weasel

Motor Pool Class - Bronze

88.20
%
Michael Wolter
1942 Ford GPW

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