M41 Walker Bulldog and M151 outside the Convention Center in South Bend, Indiana.

The MVPA hosted its 2021 International Convention inside and around the Century Convention Center in South Bend, Indiana. Concurrently, the Armor Modeling & Preservation Society (AMPS) held their 2021 Super Regional Show.

Each year the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’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. The 2021 MVPA International Convention took place in South Bend, Indiana, August 12-14 at the Century Center.

With the arrival of the MVPA Yellowstone Trail Convoy, more than 100 historic military vehicles were on display throughout the weekend. Vendors were located both outside and with the Century Center. The Armor Modeling & Preservation Society (AMPS) held their 2021 South Bend Super Regional Show in conjunction with the Convention giving visitors a lavish “scale view” of many military vehicles and models.

In addition to the usual host of special lectures, tours, and opportunities to buy and sell, this year’s convention had some extra buzz. Because 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of AM General, and 160 years of military vehicle production in South Bend, the company stepped forward as a sponsor of the 2021 convention. AM General’s representatives selected what they believed to be the best examples of South Bend’s extensive military production: The owner of those vehicles selected by AM General displayed their vehicles in the prominent AM General pavilion on the convention ground for the duration of the convention. In addition, the owners of the selected vehicles received a check for $1,500.

Other vehicles and owners recognized include (as of press date, this list has not been finalized and is subject to revision):

Motorpool Class

Bronze:

L. Coleman Knight, 1985 AM General M151a2

L. Coleman Knight, 1985 AM General M151a2

Silver:

Erick Hawk, 1972 Ford M151A1

Erick Hawk, 1972 Ford M151A2

Dan Brewer,1944 Studebaker M29 Weasel

Dan Brewer,1944 Studebaker M29 Weasel

Sean Carrigan, 1967 Gemco M416

Sean Carrigan, 1967 Gemco M416

Gold:

Mark Ingram, 1941 Willys MB

Mark Ingram, 1941 Willys MB

Charles Lutz, 1945 Ford GPW

Charles Lutz, 1945 Ford GPW

L. Coleman Knight, 1963 Kaiser M170

L. Coleman Knight, 1963 Kaiser M170

Jeff Oosting, 1985 AM General M998

Jeff Oosting, 1985 AM General M998

John Smith, 1955 Willys M38A1

John Smith, 1955 Willys M38A1

Carl Schiele, 1960 American Motors M422 Mighty Mite

Carl Schiele, 1960 American Motors M422 Mighty Mite

Daniel Wesolowski, 1942 Ford GPW

Daniel Wesolowski, 1942 Ford GPW

Gold Veterans:

Greg Hiltgen, 1943 Willys MB 

Greg Hiltgen, 1943 Willys MB 

Restored Class

Bronze:

No bronze awarded.

Silver:

John Murray, 1945 Studebaker T106/M29 Weasel

John Murray, 1945 Studebaker T106/M29 Weasel

Bruce Haffner, 1943 BSA British Folding Bicycle

Bruce Haffner, 1943 BSA British Folding Bicycle

Patrick Sturgis, 1945 Studebaker M29C Weasel

Patrick Sturgis, 1945 Studebaker M29C Weasel

Gold:

John Murray, Ford M151A1C

John Murray, Ford M151A1C

Tracy Emmons, 1952 Willys M38

Tracy Emmons, 1952 Willys M38

Tim Evans 1952, JI Case tractor SI

Tim Evans 1952, JI Case tractor SI

Master Class

Peter Ferris, 1942 Willys MB

Peter Ferris, 1942 Willys MB

John Murray, 1945 Studebaker M29C Weasel

John Murray, 1945 Studebaker M29C Weasel

Phillip Huffman 1940 Dodge WC-1

Phillip Huffman 1940 Dodge WC-1

Bill Kish, 1942 Ford GPW

Bill Kish, 1942 Ford GPW

ORIGINAL CLASS

No entries.

MODIFIED CLASS

No entries.

Best Display

5th Armored Division

5th Armored Division

Judges Choice Award

Lindsay Clark, 1941 Ford GP 4-wheel steer prototype

Lindsay Clark, 1941 Ford GP 4-wheel steer prototype

Best of Show

Phillip Huffman, 1940 Dodge WC-1

Phillip Huffman, 1940 Dodge WC-1

Participants Choice Award

John Cheney, 1952 Pontiac M76 Otter

John Cheney, 1952 Pontiac M76 Otter

AM GENERAL MANUFACTURER’S AWARDS

Jeff Oosting, 1985 AM General M998 HMMWV

Jeff Oosting, 1985 AM General M998 HMMWV

James Carter’s 1970 Kaiser Jeep M816

James Carter’s 1970 Kaiser Jeep M816

Patrick Sturges, 1945 Studebaker M29C.

Patrick Sturges, 1945 Studebaker M29C.

Ken Hoelscher, 1942 Studebaker US6

Ken Hoelscher, 1942 Studebaker US6

Greg Horvath’s 1979 AM General M718A1.

Greg Horvath’s 1979 AM General M718A1.

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