Restored military vehicles roll through Hagerstown | WDVM25 and DCW50
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) – The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is known for its historic airplanes, but the former Fairchild factory housed other historic vehicles this weekend.
Vehicles on display at the 47th East Coast Military Vehicle Rally range from the start of WWII to currently released military vehicles like the Unimog and other later models of Humvees.
Washington area collectors, Blue and Gray Military Vehicle Trust, or WAC / B & G, often restore and drive historic military vehicles in the DMV area. The organization was originally formed by individuals who wanted to preserve military technology. The club currently has around 180 members, the majority of whom live in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC However, their members also extend to neighboring states like Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania with members as far away south than Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Louisiana. WAC / B&G also has members in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio.
The vehicles featured in the show are all privately owned and restored. These vehicles range from vintage Jeeps to restored and working Sherman tanks. Rally enthusiasts were able to enter a number of vehicles, which allowed them to take a step back in history. The event also features military collectibles and gives club members the chance to find and exchange parts for their vehicles that often cannot be found on the shelves in normal stores.
Dean Hansen, president of WAC / B&G Military Vehicle Trust and owner of a Unimog, says without club members willing to restore vehicles, people would lose part of the story.
âIf we didn’t restore these vehicles, they would be gone. You know, they’re just like any other car. They are rusting and you will never see them again, âsaid Hansen.
Hansen also explained that while the hobby preserves some of the history, it also allows former members of the military to see and even work on vehicles they may have driven or driven in during their time in the army.
âWe love this hobby, it’s awesome, and a lot of guys like it too because when they were in the military they maybe drove that jeep or that truck, so it’s kind of like a little nostalgia, âsaid Hansen. .
Washington-area collectors, the Blue and Gray Military Vehicle Trust, also donate a portion of their rally proceeds to military and veteran organizations such as Project Liberty Ship and American Gold Star Mothers. A portion of the profits from this weekend will be donated to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
The 47th East Coast Military Vehicle Gathering will be parked at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum before taking place on Sunday evening. Cars should follow signs to the entrance to the museum located on Basore Drive.