These are photos of from the annual parade in Jennings, Kansas. The parade was held 23 August 2008.
I and Walt Pennell supported the Jennings American Legion in leading the parade by hauling their members on the trailer pulled by my 55 M38A1 and 42 GPW. I took the pictures and drove the gun jeep so I am not in the photos. All three 1/4 tons (50 M38) have been running pretty good all summer. We are still planning for the 2009 convoy through NE next July (Lincoln Hwy 30).
I still have not found the M 151 (A1-2) that I want to start for next project.
Col. Gary Allen
US Army / ARNG (Ret.)
I finally received the results of the Newton Parade late Friday afternoon, August 15. The MKMVPA Club got a Blue in the Cars & Trucks–Classic, Show and Car Clubs Division. As we approached the announcer’s stage he said, “Here are members of the Mid-Kansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association out of Wichita. Say that three times.” He commented on appreciating that we
made the effort to come out even with the price of gas.
Jason had signs on his jeep indicating that it was restoration in progress. The announcer commented on that and asked him what kind it was.
Ron and I have been participating in this parade or watching it for many years and this was one of the
best. We had more entries than last year, not including the political ones. And even though it was
very hot there were more people out to watch the parade than we’ve seen for a long time.
Thank you to Gary and Judy Cross and Jason, Sharon, Katelynn and Cooper Smith for coming to participate. We enjoyed having you here.
Marilyn and Ron
We just got back from the MVPA Convention in Portland, Oregon. We went on the train and the scenery was beautiful! Coming from LA to Portland, we had the mountains on one side of the train and the ocean on the other side. We went through the Redwood Forest and coming back Sacramento, Salt Lake and Denver, we went through the Rocky Mountains. 9,000 feet above sea level. We are still a little shaky.
The convention was great. They had 158 vehicles on display, 367 vendors, 591 people registered of which 314 were members. At the members meeting it was mentioned that we now have 8,736 members in the MVPA in which we want be at 10,000 to be in the black. We met with members from; Japan, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Holland, Scotland and others. The banquet and auction was fun and a lot of people dressed in uniforms. The Hotel Red Lion Inn at Jantzen Beach, was a beautiful large hotel and the shuttle took us every where we wanted and came every 30 minutes to the Expo Center. Next year it will be in Indiana and in 2010 it will be in Colorado.
I’ll have pictures to show as soon as I can get them developed. – Judy and Gary
Here are the pictures of our bomb trailer. It still needs the floor put in and other work. Gary Cross and Gary McBeath have bombs that would go on it and can be pulled in a parade if we could get it done. Jason Smith, our son-in-law, said it could be stored under cover in his back yard if members would like to come here to work on it. Please let me know who would want to do this in the fall when it is cooler and after the rally.
We are going to meet at the Augusta Museum on August 23rd to take inventory of our club supplies and see what we need to take to the KAM for the rally. Please, whomever has any input on the Rally, come to this days meeting. We will pass out Rally flyers and new brochures. We will meet at 9 am.
What a great parade! The theme was “Stars and Stripes Forever” and there were a lot of interesting floats and entries. The streets were lined with people. Our members had three vehicles in the parade and our hosts, Marilyn and Ron Decker, graciously provided cold water and a cool place to hang out. After the parade, we all ate at the Sonic.
Don’t forget the parade in Halstead next Saturday, August 9th. Parade registration is on West sixth at 8:30 am and the parade starts at 10:00 am. Noon lunch is after the parade. It’s Halstead’s 121st Old Settlers Grand Parade.