The 2016 Military Vehicle Preservation Association International Convention will be August 11-13 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. Pre-registration is over but MVPA members can register at the event. Also, the public is invited! The Schedule of Activities, list of vendors, and a grounds map that will help you navigate ACF, are posted here: http://www.mvpa.org/home/mvpa-convention/upcoming-convention/

Here are some additional details and updates:

VEHICLES

Since we regularly attract 200 vehicles to the Camp Delta meet at Tower Park Resort every April, how about we beat that at the Convention! It is possible if YOU bring yours and ideally more than one! Coordinators are rounding-up vehicles for certain displays including: Dodges, Internationals, USMC Vehicles, Halftracks, Rare Fords, and WWII British Desert Special Forces. A “75th Anniversary of the Jeep” display will feature one of each model and significant variation from prototype to MUTT – as many as are available anyway. Only one of each! If you think you have a great example of a type, contact John Neuenburg at in_garage@hotmail.com.

ALL EX-MILITARY VEHICLES ARE INVITED, ANY CONDITION, ANY NATIONAL ORIGIN. Red paint? Bring it! Wrong tires? Bring it! German WWII markings? Bring it! There is NO CHARGE FOR A DISPLAY-ONLY VEHICLE. The deadline to enter a vehicle for the judged categories has past, but you can bring it on set up day which is Wednesday August 10 or early on each show day. You may enter a “For Sale” vehicle for a fee of $50 (no Sale signs unless this fee is paid). MVPA membership is required to display a military vehicle. Alternatively, a MVPA member may add a Guest on his/her application and add the Guest’s vehicle. In this case the window sign the MVPA makes will carry the Member’s name.

Pre-registration is over. Any new registrations to attend, register Guests, add vehicles, or purchase dinner tickets (if available), must be done at the event starting Thursday August 11 8 a.m. Walk to Building A and the MVPA Registration booth by the Main Entrance. Best to arrive at 7 a.m., unload the vehicle, and contact a Vehicle Committee member to get it checked-in. Again, we can get the vehicles in on Wednesday. Inquire about staging vehicles at ACF before Wednesday.

HOST HOTEL:

The Host Hotel is Doubletree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, only 4.2 miles by city street or freeway. Our $119 rate plus tax is excellent for a hotel of this caliber in this area in the summer. Shuttle buses will go from hotel to show and back. The MVPA Awards Banquet is at this hotel on Saturday. We have exceeded our room rate block but the hotel might add rooms at our $119 rate, or a compromise rate, at any time. Phone the hotel at (866) 288-3305 and use Group Code MVC or check our event reservation page:

TO MAKE A ROOM RESERVATION, CLICK HERE



Driving route from Doubletree Hotel to Gate 12, participant's entrance, Alameda County Fairgrounds:



CAMPING

What makes our convention different than most? We have extensive camping options right at the fairgrounds! There is the permanent RV park called Fair Park RV, aka “RV North,” and event-specific campgrounds right across a parking lot from our show called Main Lot RV and the dry camping lawn Walnut Grove. The latter two will be available for several days before and after our show, so ask the Camp Host for availability. Clubs might consider camping as a group because a five-site rental brings a 20% discount! Please read the camping information closely. The fairgrounds control the camping.

CLICK HERE FOR CAMPING INFO


CAMP GRIZZLY:

This is a lawn area within our show for military tents and associated military historical displays including living history and reenactment units. Participants may camp here at no charge, but with some restrictions. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. this area will be closed off from the other outdoor displays around the buildings where only uniformed security guards will be allowed. We are accepting proposals for what you want to do in this area. Contact Camp Grizzly Display Coordinator Scott Rohrs at recon3rdID@yahoo.com and copy John Neuenburg at in_garage@hotmail.com.

SPECIAL DISPLAYS:

The MVPA offers a display award for vehicle-based and non-vehicle military/historical displays. But whether or not you want to compete, we want to see it all! You need to tell the MVPA or us if you want to be included in the judging. If you need more space than what you would occupy with your vehicle and an easel sign and tools on the ground, please contact Vehicle Chairman Dan McCluskey at mccluske@sbcglobal.net and copy John. All vehicles will be placed on a layout before the event and we need to hear requests for extra space now. Register all MVs via the normal MVPA method. If you are bringing multiple MVs and want them to be displayed together, it MIGHT be possible with advance notice.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED!

Although this is a MVPA member convention, the public is invited all three days. This makes the vendors happy and it exposes unaffiliated MV owners to the organized hobby. Only multi-day passes will be available on Thursday and Friday.

At-the-Door Fees:
Thursday 8/11/16 (3-day passes only): Individuals $35 * Couples $40 * Family (couple & children under 18) $45
Friday 8/12/16 (2-day passes only): Individuals $30 * Couples $35 * Family $45
Saturday 8/13/16: Adults $10 each, children under 18 Free
Active military free with ID on Saturday

PARKING

ACF charges for parking on show days, but not for MVs driven in, and not on setup day. Also note that Doubletree Hotel guests may take the looping shuttle bus to and from ACF on show days. Parking attendants will likely be on duty 0630-1600. It is $10/day with no return rights, or a multi-day discount pass is available for $8/day with return rights. Trailers are $10/day or $25 for the week and they have a fairly secure storage yard for them. If you want to store it for a day and pay the $10, they might not inspect what departure date tag is on it. Do not park trailers in the paved lots or the eastern-most two orchard dirt parking areas. Park farther west. Unload the MV and drive it on Road 8, the main entry road, to the Green Gate. Follow sign to MV Check-In. The trailer lot is more secure than parking in the orchard. Some people park cars or pickups on city streets on the east side of the fairgrounds. Note that our entrance faces west and that is where the close-in parking is. Campers get parking passes for their trailer and tow truck, or RV and towed vehicle.

CONVENTION COMMITTEES

Most committee members will receive free parking passes. These will be available Wednesday as will the official committee STAFF T-shirts. Staff parking is beyond the vendor unloading area by Building A, the building near Bernal Road. The lot is behind the Amphitheater. Committee members who need the pass mailed to them should contact their committee chairman or Dave Ball at vought@msn.com. See the Members Only side of the website for lists of committees and members. If you need a user name and password, contact Webmaster Sean Nichols.

We need a lot of people on Wednesday to help park vehicles. We’ll have a meeting of all committee members every morning at about 0730 for a briefing. Whether or not you are on the vehicle committee, if you can help at any time during the day you are welcome. It will be fun seeing the vehicles arrive! You’ll be surprised at what shows up!

The MVCC's Convention Committee Co-Chairmen are John Neuenburg, in_garage@hotmail.com or 415-847-2801 and Dave Ball, vought@msn.com or 408-805-0065.

OTHER TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

The list of available tourism opportunities in the region surrounding the Convention is staggering and we have compiled a list of some of the highlights, both well-known and not. Click here to download.

DOWNLOADABLE CONVENTION FLYER

Please help us get the word out to the MANY unaffiliated MV owners who do not read the MV magazines or belong to MV clubs, and the MANY people interested in old vehicles or military history. Print some flyers and try to get store owners to let you post it in their window or bulletin board. Target hobby and model shops, auto parts, hardware, ag supply, surplus stores, and of course VFW and American Legion posts and halls. Any place where we can get the word out is good, particularly within 100 miles of Pleasanton. Put the flyer in a plastic flyer stand and put it on your vehicle at public displays or during parade staging. Let's tell people about us BEFORE the show, not let them find out AFTER.   CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

MVCC members with login name and password please CLICK HERE to go to the member-only convention page to see the current Convention Committee information plus the current MVCC News with color photos. If you do not have your secure login and password, contact the MVCC Webmaster Sean Nichols at jetnoise400@hotmail.com.
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