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Old 07-02-2009, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the history buffs

Not FE, but very historical.

How about a 90th anniversary trip of old military hardware down the old Lincoln Highway? 90 years ago the Army chose the Lincoln Highway for a transcontinental tour. Some of the old highway is not accessible or just plain plowed under today. They started in Washington DC and are headed for California. And passed through Utah yesterday and today. Lots of stops along the way, since they are only cruising at about 30 MPH.

Some links for you all.

WWW.ARMY.MIL | Transcontinental Convoy
http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e1/convoy...y_schedule.pdf
The MVPA Bulletin Board :: View topic - Convoy Details for Thursday, 2 July 2009: Driving
Military Vehicle Preservation Association See the 2009 Convoy button down the left side

And all this in association with...
Lincoln Highway Association

So I went to see them as the arrived in Salt Lake City (Murray) last night and had a great time visiting with the owners of these old vehicles. The drivers are taking quite a beating and they camp with their vehicles along the way. No luxury trip this one.


There is a generator under that cover, would you believe the inside is decked out with a real bed and carpet?


This 1917 FWD Co. ammo carrier is only capable of 12MPH, which is why it is trailered. During its restoration, it received parts from trucks that are believed to have made the original tour...

This morning they drove through my my town headed for Nevada. It was an impressive sight to say the least. After fueling up and gathering back up, the rolled out.


These trailers are self contained RVS...



I had already headed out of town so I could catch this rolling history on the road (in the wild), and not in museums.






I loved every honk and wave as they went by... I missed about a third of them though, my 4 year old 5 MP camera is very limited with very small memory buffer. So I think since I have a ton of old Pentax lenses, I'll be looking at the Pentax D-SLRs...

Pics are here...


Too bad my OD green painted Ranger isn't drivable...

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Old 07-04-2009, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Veeery cool. Wish I had known, would have asked my daugter in SLC to try to get video.

Much of the iron appears to be '60s vintage. Not surprising as the US army was very good in the past at burying obsolete vehicles and than dug them up in the '40s to melt them down and make more vehicles. The burying habit went on well in to the '50s and maybe '60s.

My Dad drove one of these on his first European tour. He said some of the people weren't very friendly

Oh, and to follow the rule about relating to FE, Dad told me they figured gallons per mile
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long ride. still better than a honda civic on the butt.

I couldn;t help but notice calling a 5mp camera old. That is rather funny, everything after 3 mp is interpolation. Like the trucks in the photos, do not fall for the hype.
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By old, my implication is a distinct lack of features that are more readily available today. Extended memory buffer would be awesome, and being able to utilize High Capacity SD cards. And using my old stock of Pentax mount lenses would give me far more options when imaging... I'm a retired Navy photog, and got into digital imaging back in 94... My camera phone has better resolution (but a crappy lens) than the Kodak DCS200 pro level camera available in 1994.

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