I was shuttling around car parts between my home and a storage place in Iola, Wis., last night when I heard the rumble and saw the high headlamps of what had to be a military vehicle. There were two in tandem, and I still am not sure what they were, but it made my heart skip a beat. At first, I thought the U.S. military was preparing for an invasion in the little village of Iola. After the shock passed, I realized, they were going to the Iola military vehicle show!
The Iola Vintage Military Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment is occurring this weekend (August 11-12, 2007) on the Old Car Show grounds. Collectors will display an array of heavy iron including WWII jeeps, deuce-and-a-halfs, amphibians, tractors and even antique “hit-and-miss” stationary engines. WWII reenactors create scenes of camp life, displays of Vietnam MASH units, radio-controlled airplane acrobatics and parades of vehicles complement the more than 150 vendor booths and gun show.
Staff from Military Vehicles Magazine and Military Trader will be active all weekend in the re-badge Old Cars trailer selling subscriptions and gathering video, audio and print resources for our readers. The show is open to the public 8-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, 6-12.
There was also a special military issue of Old Cars Weekly to commemorate the event. Does your interest in vintage vehicles extend to military vehicles? Do you like military vehicles? Let me know what you think!
The photo below by John Adams-Graf, editor of Military Vehicles Magazine, was taken of a few jeeps from Old Cars Weekly founder Chet Krause's jeep collection. These beaut's showed up early, allowing John Adams-Graf to shoot them before the crowds showed up. Enjoy!