by David Dorson
On September 13, 2008, the U. S. Air Force base at Vienna, Ohio, had an open house for the first time in 26 years. I decided to drive my M43 ambulance the event. At Middlefield, Ohio, I met Jordan and Jared Previte and Jay Lovell. My ambulance, together with their three jeeps, formed a small convoy to drive to the show.
When we arrived at the air base open house, we put up a tarp and spread out a display of WWII aircraft radios. Even though the weather was bad with rain all day, about 30,000 people came out to see the airplanes — and our vehicles. The Air Force had every thing on display, from the new T6A trainers, to a C-5A cargo plane.
That afternoon, an Air Force captain stopped by our display and talked with us for a while. As he was about to leave he said, “My mother-in-law has an old truck that you guys might be interested in having.” Apparently, when most of the equipment at the Henry Vanetta Museum in Hubbard, Ohio, was sold to a group in Titusville, Florida, they left a junk WC-13 pick-up behind. They did not think it was worth hauling to Florida. Kathy Vanetta gave the truck to me, and I rebuilt it that winter.
I had signed up to drive in the 2009 MVPA Trans Continental Motor Convoy (TMC-09) that was leaving Washington, D.C., in June 2009. I was planning to drive my M43 ambulance, but by Spring, I realized that the ambulance still had lots of mysteries.
Since I had just been through everything in the WC-13, I decided that was the truck to take. On June 10, I finished working on the WC-13, and left for D.C., where I joined TMC-09.
Six weeks later, I was back home with 7,500 miles on the truck. Eight years later, the truck now has more than 20,000 miles, and it has never let me down.
One never knows what might turn up when you go to a new show.