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first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cloverdale Legion present Frank Redekop and historic military vehicle buff buddy Dean Fraser with his 1942 Dodge command vehicle and replica 1940 German BMW R71 motorcycle.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ron Baker and his 1942 White half-track wartime military transport.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A variety of historic military vehicles were displayed at the Cloverdale Legion, including this camouflaged tank.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Not exactly what you’d like to tailgate going down the highway.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wartime military transport truck on display.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A restored 1942 Dodge command car that did wartime service in British Columbia and was abandoned in the Yukon after being used by US troops during construction of the Alaska Highway.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wartime Jeep built in 1942.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A historic troop carrier pulling a World War Two-era gun.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Dodge nameplate on the hood of the 1942 command car.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A variety of historic military vehicles were display.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Two of the vehicles on disiplay.Alyn Edwards, Driving The convoy of military vehicles that rumbled through the streets of the South Surrey community of Cloverdale included a 52-ton tank on a giant trailer.Looking very much like preparation to stave off an invasion in the 1940s, this convoy was heading to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 6 for a peacetime mission involving public education and entertainment.Some of Western Canada’s most prominent and prolific wartime vehicle restorers and collectors brought their best to help the legion with its annual open house. 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COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement “This is not your grandfather’s legion anymore,” says Legion president Frank Redekop. “We’re evolving to attract younger people.”One of the oldest legions in British Columbia, the Cloverdale legion first opened in 1927.Spending the day at the open house were teenagers from the Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps No. 2277 in Langley, taking the opportunity to learn military history hands on by going on and in rarely seen military classics. These included troop carriers, military transport trucks and an Australian-built 1952 Centurion tank originally used in Vietnam combat that could crush a Cadillac without feeling the bump.The tank is painted U.S. Army colours and was fresh from playing a role in the remake of the film Planet of the Apes. In fact, many of these vehicles are used in local film production.Legion 6 president Redekop and military history buff Dean Fraser know each other from serving with NATO in Germany in the 8th Canadian Hussars tank regiment.Essentially an association for members of the military and veterans, the Legion was looking for a way to connect its annual open house to Canada’s military history. Fraser said he’d bring his vintage military vehicles along with a few friends with old army rolling stock. Those vehicles lined the parking lot.Fraser’s father, grandfather and uncles served in the military. His own Canadian army service spanned 10 years in Bosnia and Germany. He displayed his restored 1942 Dodge command car that was used by US troops to build the Alaska Highway after wartime service in B.C. It is the only restored example in the country.He also displayed a replica of a German 1940 BMW R71 motorcycle with sidecar complete with an ominous, though non-functioning, MG34 machine gun. Hitler used the combination to get troops to the front lines as quickly as possible.Fraser is an active member of the Canadian Military Education Centre dedicated to preserving our military history and teaching young people about Canadian military contributions. The centre has recently located to a 54-acre property in Surrey where many vintage military vehicles are stored.“Historic wartime vehicles are easier to restore than cars,” says enthusiast Ron Baker, who brought his 1942 White half-track from Maple Ridge. “There is no chrome, the interiors are simple with cheap canvas covering, everything is painted the same colour and fit and finish isn’t a problem because these vehicles were built for short life.”He says the biggest challenge is finding parts for 75-year-old vehicles that have been obsolete since the war ended. He buys all the parts he can find for his fleet of military vehicles with designations like M29 Studebaker Weasel (a military snowmobile), Dodge weapons carrier APT (Airplane Transportable) and a Ford CMP (Canadian Military Pattern truck). He even has a small tank. Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSDodgeVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVancouverAdolf HitlerAlaska HighwayAlyn EdwardsArmed ForcesAsiaBMW R SeriesBosnia and HerzegovinaBritish ColumbiaCanadaCanadian Armed Forces ActivitiesCanadian ForcesCanadian Military Education CentreCloverdaleDean FraserEuropeFrank RedekopGermanyGovernment and PoliticsLower MainlandNATOPlanet of the ApesRon BakerRoyal Canadian LegionSoutheast AsiaSurreyThe BalkansU.S. ArmyUnited StatesVancouverVancouver IslandVietnamWar and ConflictWestern CanadaWestern Command Historic Military Vehicle SocietyWestern Europe ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more