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The Military Vehicle Preservation Association Historical Archives (MVPA-HA) announces two new display categories at its 2023 International Convention

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association Historical Archives (MVPA-HA) recently announced it has added two new display categories for military-themed vehicles to be highlighted at its International Convention to be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, on 14-17 June 2023.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) has introduced two new classes to its Display Category of its historical military vehicle judging program that takes place during its annual, international convention. “Modified” and “tribute” vehicles — such as Chris Canofsky’s US Air Force-decorated Dodge pickup will debut at the MVPA’s International Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, June 14-17, 2023.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) has introduced two new classes to its Display Category of its historical military vehicle judging program that takes place during its annual, international convention. “Modified” and “tribute” vehicles — such as Chris Canofsky’s US Air Force-decorated Dodge pickup will debut at the MVPA’s International Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, June 14-17, 2023.

MVPA - “We encourage anyone who has a military vehicle to consider showing them at our annual convention. Therefore, we have created two new display class for the MVPA-HA National Convention, 14-17 June 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. These new categories are meant to showcase vehicles that are not judged for their conformity, but rather, for their owner’s creativity,” said Convention Chairperson, Bill Scott.  

Judging Chairperson, Michael Wright explained, “The MVPA wants to embrace all owners of military or tribute vehicles that fall outside the traditional vehicle displays seen in past conventions. These categories are intended to encourage owners to display what they own, even if they are not current MVPA members.”  

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police cruiser with a tribute on its hood is a fine representation of what can now be included in the MVPA’s Military Tribute Class. 

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police cruiser with a tribute on its hood is a fine representation of what can now be included in the MVPA’s Military Tribute Class. 

The two new classes added to the Display Category are “Modified Military Vehicles” and “Military Tribute.” Modified Military Class is for military vehicles that have been modified with singular or numerous additions or deletions but still have a military body and frame, or portions of both. Vehicles will not be judged on military specifications, but rather:  

  • Paint quality – any color
  • Proper markings
  • Public appeal  

The Military Tribute Class is for non-military vehicles that pay tribute to our military heritage. It may be any vehicle that was not originally military, but by its paint, markings, body style, or other alterations, pays tribute to our military heritage. The vehicle will not be judged on military specifications, but, rather on:  

  • Efforts to portray military heritage 
  • Paint Quality 
  • Realistic markings
  • Crowd appeal 

All convention attendees on Thursday of the convention will receive a ballot to select a winner in the Military Tribute class. The military Tribute vehicles will be judged by the Hagerty judging group Winners will receive a plaque of recognition. 

A fine representation of the MVPA’s new “Modified Military Vehicle” class is this monster RV built on a surplus military chassis by Sgt. Ryan Ronning, A native of Lapine, Oregon, Ronning rebuilt the 1967 deuce-and-a-half from the bottom up to create his ultimate bugout recreational vehicle.

A fine representation of the MVPA’s new “Modified Military Vehicle” class is this monster RV built on a surplus military chassis by Sgt. Ryan Ronning, A native of Lapine, Oregon, Ronning rebuilt the 1967 deuce-and-a-half from the bottom up to create his ultimate bugout recreational vehicle.

Entrants in these two classes need not be current MVPA members. A $15 fee will be charged to display a vehicle either of these two classes.  

For more information on the MVPA’s 2023 International Convention and its activities to preserve, restore, drive, and collect historic military vehicles, contact:  

Headquarters, MVPA  
P.O. Box 520378  
Independence, Missouri 64052  
816.833.6872  
hq@MVPA.org  

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