To provide a statewide organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration/preservation, public education and safe operation of historic military vehicles & related items.
"The Formation of our Club"
In the early part of 2005, Ken Yuly, Lyle Torno and Jerry Schemp sat down and had breakfast at a Minot cafe. They got to talking about the advantages of affiliating the North Dakota Military Vehicles Collectors Association, a loose group of 4 or 5 people, with the National Organization, Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). The decision was made that the upcoming Minot Gun Show would be the first try at “enlisting” members for a North Dakota affiliate of MVPA. We ordered some membership material from the National office in Missouri, and set up a table among the military vehicles we had on display at the show. We were all gratified by the response, we signed up 8 members who either joined or were already a member of MVPA, and another 8 members as “associate” members, that is members of only the ND-MVCA The initial dues schedule was set at $10 for associate members, and the $35.00 national dues for those who wanted to join the MVPA also. After the show, the charter officers were selected, Ken Yuly as President, Lyle Torno as Vice-President, Jerry Schempp as Secretary/Treasurer and news letter editor, and Dennis Sundby as Safety Officer. A checking account was setup and the necessary Internal Revenue ID number was obtained. Our application for association with the MVPA was submitted in late March, and they tentatively approved it in early April 2006. (Tentative approval until the MVPA Board meeting set for the National Convention at the MVPA meeting in Duluth, MN in August of 2006. For a state like ours we have a pretty strong group. Currently we have over 45+ members with over 200 Vehicles. We have members restoring or have restored anything from a DUKW, Mule, Weasel, Holt crawler and of course Jeeps, Deuces’ and Half tracks. No "Tanks" yet but I do know of a member looking! In 2006 we were honored to be able to display at the Grand Forks AFB air show and the 164thInfantry Regiment road dedication. One of our clubs major highlights was when a members truck won its class, of restored vehicle, at the MVPA convention in Dayton. We have an annual summer show, which moves around the state, we travel to various MV shows, Iola WI, and the MVPA annual convention.
North Dakota Military Vehicle Collectors Association
Club History and Mission