Events below are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as well as all Military Vehicle owners, displays, and reenactors, unless otherwise noted.  Not all events below are Great Lakes

sponsored, but in the spirit of fellowship (and because of the high cost of fuel this year) we are including them here for your consideration.


***Not all event dates available right now, will be updated as information is supplied***


General Membership Meeting

April 6, 2008    Noon  –  Freeland, MI

Meeting to be hosted by Nate Marolf again

9840 Midland Road

Freeland, MI

(989) 695-5202


11th Annual Ft. Custer Spring Trail Ride

April 25 – 27, 2008   Battle Creek, MI

ANTIQUE MILITARY VEHICLES being used as they were ment to be used…

on the trail — down and dirty!


Club Members Only!

Everyone wishing to attend must be on the Great Lakes MVPA Membership list and be pre-registered.  Registration form is in the March issue of “Wheels of War”

CONTACTS:  Jean Yeo – (269) 721-4212

Curt Kitter – (810) 765-3107


16th Annual Spring Midwest Willys Reunion

May 9 – 11, 2008  Springfield, ILL

Willys (Jeep) show, swap meet, banquet and get together

see website for more details and registration forms:

attending vehicles must be preregistered by April 1, 2008


21st Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration

May 16 – 18, 2008   Hancock Co. Fairgrounds – Findlay, OH

Re-enactments, static displays, swap meet

Dash plates awarded to everyone who brings a MV for display.  Registered Re-enactors and Vehicle owners automatically entered in cash drawing.  Come help honor those who served and are serving Our Country.

See website for more information and registration forms:


2nd Annual Spring Military Show

May 17, 2008   Great Lakes Hobby & Train Shop – Utica, MI

777 Van Dyke, south of M59

Military vehicle display from 09:00 to 16:00

See for more details


9th Annual ‘Military Vehicle Static Display’

May 31 – June 1, 2008   Michigan Antique Festival  

Midland Fairgrounds – Midland, MI

no further information available


WW2 Military History Days

June 7 – 8, 2008   American Legion Chief Pontiac Post 377 – Clarkston, MI

4819 Mary Sue, Clarkston MI on Oakland Lake

Military Vehicle rally and displays, WW2 Military re-enactors, US Military displays and Military memorabilia show.


CONTACT:  Reefe Renforth  (248) 543-3087


Motor Muster

June 14 – 15, 2008  Greenfield Village – Dearborn, MI

Open to all ALLIED forces

Vehicles and Re-enactors have a complete weekend of fun!

Pre-registration is required by May 15, 2008

Set-up is June 13, 2008

See for information and form.


Gaylord Air Fair

June 21 – 22, 2008  Gaylord Regional Airport    Gaylord, MI

Contact: Scott Woody

(989) 732-4218


Hell Survivors’ Military Weekend

June 28 – 29, 2008   Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield – Pinckney, MI

Military vehicle display

see website for more information:

CONTACT:  Dave Massey (734) 878-1148


TACOM Employee Appreciation Day

July 17, 2008  TACOM – Warren, MI

Sign up by July 1, 2008

CONTACT:  John Lind   (586) 604-5393


26th Annual “Hot Air Jubilee”/12th Annual MV Static Display

July 18 – 20, 2008   Jackson County Airport: Jackson, Michigan

This year promises to be the biggest and best ever!

A weekend of balloons and military vehicles.  Primitive camping available.


GLMVPA Contact: To be decided

See for more details.


2nd Annual Camp Trooper

July 19 – 20, 2008  Barstow Municipal Airport: Midland, Michigan

Camp Trooper 2nd Annual Salute to Veterans

A Journey Through Living History!

  • Military Vehicles & Aircraft
  • Reenactors & Reenactments
  • Historial Displays
  • Ask a WWII Vet – Q&A
  • USO Show – Period Music
  • Food Court – Trooper Canteen

Adults $5.oo – Families $8.00 – Disabled Vets Free w/ID – Kids under six free

Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

This event is presented by the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, a Non-Profit veterans organization charted by Congress.  All proceeds go to veterans programs, disabled veterans, families of veterans, the educational assistance of the children of veterans and the new Wounded Warrior program.

All vehicles, displays, and reenactors welcome to participate

for an application and information sheet or more information contact:


PO Box 444

Ovid, Michigan 48866

or call: 989-834-0294 (Message Line)

Weyerhauser Canoe Marathon/Grayling AuSable River Festival

July 27 – 28, 2008    Grayling, Michigan

* waiting for further information *

     MMMT’s Event Coordinator is Brian Anderson at (989) 348-5191


Rudyard Summerfest

July , 2008  Downtown Rudyard, Michigan

GLMVPA’s Tip-of-the-Mitt group invites you to attend the Rudyard Summerfest for a weekend of fun and games in beautiful U.P. Michigan.

* * There is no admission fee * *


For more information contact:

Lane Young  (231) 582-5988


Imlay City Blueberry Festival

August 2 – 3, 2008   Imlay City VFW Post – Imlay City, MI

Vehicle display

Set-up August 1, 2008

CONTACT:  Hank Kaminski  (810) 338-3304


Victory Over Japan Day Celebration

August 8 – 10, 2008    Brush Creek Mill Museum – Hillman, Michigan

The fine people at the Brush Creek Mill Museum in Hillman have once again invited the

Michigan Museum of Military Transport to put on a display as part of that city’s VJ Day

Celebration.  Hillman is one of the few communities in the nation that continues to observe the day that WW2 ended.  This display, in conjunction with a huge parade sponsored by the Hillman Veterans of Foreign Wars, is greatly appreciated by people from throughout Northeastern Michigan, though visitors come from all over the country.


MMMT’s Event Coordinator for Hillman is Brian Morrison at (231) 582-2364.


Thunder Over Michigan 2008

August 9 – 10, 2008   Yankee Air Museum – Belleville, MI

War Birds, Vehicle display, Battle Re-enactments, Vendors

FREE Primative camping for participants

Set-up August 8, 2008

Pre-registration is required, see website for details and form


Iola MV Show

August 9 – 10, 2008  Iola Old Car Show Grounds – Iola, WI

Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment.

Camping available.

Info: Iola Vintage Military Show

P.O. Box 1, Iola

WI 54945

(715) 445-4005

Web site:




August 14 – 16, 2008   Multnomah County Expo Center – Portland, OR

Any local questions please contact MVCCO President and convention chairman

Steve Preston at

For registration or any other convention information contact MVPA headquarters,

Kay, Tracy or Susan at

or see website:


12th Annual Great Lakes MV Show/Swap Meet

August 16-17, 2008  General Jim’s Surplus: Clare, MI

This is the 12th Annual event for Great Lakes Chapter, and it continues to grow in both

the number and quality of the vendors AND the vehicles.  Widely discussed on the SteelSoldiers website, the show takes place in front of General Jim’s located next to Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, Michigan, 1 mile north of the north Clare Old 27 Exit.
Besides the vehicle display and swap meet, there is also a Silent Auction Saturday evening and a Sunday Breakfast for members and vendors.

     Swap meet spaces are free to Great Lakes Members, while non-members pay $15.00.

(Annual membership in GLMVPA is $15.00.)  Vendor Set-up is anytime after 11:30 a.m. Friday, 15 August.  Free primitive camping for vendors and members bringing vehicles or military displays.  Restaurants and lodging only one mile away.

contact the Clare Chamber of Commerce

at (989) 386-2442

     No live firearms or ammo allowed.

     MMMT Event Coordinator is Clint Barber at (989) 828-5651

GLMVPA Coordinator is Curt Kitter (810) 765-3107

Jeff Yost, General Jim’s – (989) 386-5425

7th Annual International Emergency Vehicle Show

August , 2008  Ferndale Police Department: Ferndale, Michigan

9 Mile Rd., 1 block east of Woodward

The Ferndale Police Department has invited us to join them for the

7th Annual International Emergency Vehicle Show

(Woodward Dream Cruise)

All emergency vehicles welcome!

  • Over 100 vehicles on display
  • K-9 and SWAT demonstrations
  • Activities for the kids
  • Lights & Sirens parade on Woodward at 5:30 PM

For more information contact:

Ofc. Ed Ungerman

Ferndale Police Dept.

310 E. Nine Mile Rd.

Ferndale, Michigan  48220

PH: (248) 541-3650

FAX: (248) 541-2836


Military Weekend Show

August 23 – 24, 2008   Bruce VFW Post – St. Clair Shores, MI

Vehicle display, Re-enactors, Living History, Vendor spaces, camping on site.

Set-up August 22, 2008

CONTACT:  Reefe Renforth (248) 543-3087

Paul Palazzolo  (586) 292-7665


Armed Services Day

September , 2008   Michigan State Fairgrounds: Detroit, Michigan

Military Vehicle & Equipment static display and parade.


All military service people, past and present, get in free with proper ID or Uniform.


**People bringing displays (vehicle & other) please contact Pat with information for plaques (vehicles) and certificates (other displays) by 15 August 2008


CONTACT: Pat Boyer at


Military Weekend at Michigan Renaissance Festival

September 6 – 7, 2008     Michigan Renaissance Festival – Holly Mi

12600 Dixie Highway

Detroit Arsenal Museum is proud to co-host this event with Allied Military Vehicles and Reenactors

Sign up is required by 8/30/08


include your vehicle make and year, # of persons with you

Re-enactors: list unit, uniform, rank and display (if any)

camping allowed throughout the weekend


3nd Annual Silver Lake Sand Dunes Military Vehicle Show

September 12 – 13, 2008  Silver Lake Apple & BBQ Festival: Silver Lake, MI

Military Vehicle Auto Show

This is the third year for this show and already it’s looking to be bigger and better than last year.  This is the only show of it’s type on the west side of Michigan.  The vehicle display is FREE and judging is in four categories: WW2 1939-1945; Cold War 1946-1964; Vietnam 1965-1975; and Modern 1976-Present.  Prizes will be voted on by the public.


This show is in conjunction with

the Silver Lake Apple & BBQ festival and will feature the state BBQ cook-off.

There are plenty of area hotels and campgrounds available at: 

GLMVPA Contact info:

David Schwarz
(231) 873-4047
16th Annual Fall Color Tour/Trail Ride

September 26-28, 2008   Camp Grayling: Grayling, Michigan

The Annual Camp Grayling Color Tour is designed for our trucks to be used as they were

designed to be used, off-road. The trails near Camp Grayling provide challenges and the scenery provides the color. The camaraderie, companionship, and general fun are provided by the members.

Due to the scale of Camp Grayling and the surrounding State and Federal Forest, the

Color Tour has access to a large variety of trails.  While some of the travel is on paved, well maintained county roads, most of the tour is on trails sure to challenge a 40-50 year old vehicle and its operator. The amount of space available has also allowed the use of four different base camps over the years to let new areas and trails to be discovered by many participants who return year after year.

     Since the Camp Grayling Color Tour started in 1993, several groups and numerous

individuals have worked hard to make it a continuing success.  Today, the events primary

sponsor is the Michigan Museum Of Military Transport (MMMT) with much appreciated

co-sponsorship by the Great Lakes Chapter of the MVPA (GLMVPA).

     Attendance grew rapidly from 10 vehicles at the 1993 event to 40 trucks coming out to play in 1996.  In the years since, vehicle attendance has remained fairly consistent between 35 and 45, largely due to fluctuations in weather, fuel costs and competing regional MV events.  The participants represent a wide-ranging cross section of those who enjoy and appreciate old military iron.  Many great friendships have grown among those who enjoy the opportunity to view the beautiful fall colors of Michigan’s North, while some consider this their primary annual vacation.

While the Trail Ride officially takes place the last weekend of September, a growing number of people have been showing up three or four days early to enjoy the trails with friends. One of the joys each year is not only see who shows up, but what “new” toy they bring.  Over the years a good assortment of Jeeps, Mules, 3/4 and 1¬ tons, deuces, and five ton trucks have participated regularly.  In addition, some less common military vehicles have taken to the trails.  These include Kubelwagens, Schwimmwagens, a Ford GPA, halftracks, Unimogs, a couple different Volvo models, a Ferret, Gama-Goats, an Otter, and even a motorcycle or two.

This event is open only to members and family of MMMT or GLMVPA because of insurance requirements by the government agencies involved, but memberships are nominally priced and available at the event. Every effort is made to keep costs minimal so as many members as possible may attend.

Registration fee for the 2008 Camp Grayling Color Tour is $10.00 if pre-registered, $20.00 on site. Primitive camping for tents or trailers is available at our base camp, with more “civilized” accommodations available a short distance away in the Grayling area.

Primary contact for this event is Brian Anderson at (989) 348-5191.  He needs volunteer help to work on registration, food and camp activities, fundraising and donations, and trail leaders.

WW2 Bond Drive Event


September 27-28 2008 at Van Hoosen Farm – Rochester Hills, MI

Detroit Arsenal Museum is proud again to co-host with Allied Military Vehicles and Reenactors

Music, Weapons firing, Convoys

Sign up is required by 9/20/08


your vehicle make, and year, # of persons with you.

Reenactors: your unit, uniform and rank, dis