Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Mark your calendar for the Renningers Military Vehicle Show in Mt Dora, which is being held on February 21-23, 2020. This show is organized and run by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association – First Florida Chapter (MVPA). There will be all types of military vehicle from the past to the present. Bring your family and friends to this event. This show makes a great educational opportunity to learn about each vehicle. Rain or shine this event goes on.
It is a 30-45 minute drive from Downtown Orlando to Renningers in Mount Dora. Just travel State Highway 441 going north. Check your GPS for the best route there. Look for a signs directing drive for event parking. There is plenty of free parking available along with handicap parking too. It is advised to arrive early for the best parking spaces. The event address is 20651 US-441, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.
What is the MVPA? This club covers the entire State of Florida. It is divided into 7 Regions, each with a coordinator. They currently have over 200 active members with nearly as many vehicles. Some members own more than one Military Vehicle. Our calendar lists over 100 events for our members to participate in each year. For more information please visit www.flmvpa.org .
Interested in displaying your military vehicle? Non-members may display their vehicle at no charge, but the vehicle will not be eligible for an aware. For MVPA members can display a variety of vehicles for judging and be eligible for an award. Awards will be given to the top vehicles following categories: “Renningers Pick,” “President’s Pick,” “Best Display,” and the “Top Ten.” Please contact Stan Kinmouth for more information in displaying your vehicle at 904-276-1418.
There is much to see and do at this show. Check out the World War II Re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday 1pm sharp; See a Vietnam Encampment, Vietnam Helicopter Rides on all three days, Swap meet, and variety of military vehicles on display.
Here is a sample of some of the vehicles which maybe on display. They are a variety of US Army Jeeps, Hummers, Deuce (Truck A), A5 Mule, Kaiser Jeep M35A2, M1101 Cargo Trailer, M151 Jeep, M38A1 Jeep, M38 Jeep, Ford Military Staff Car, Antiaircraft Searchlight unit, box trucks, tanks, ambulances, and much more. There is no exact list what will be shown on each day.
Besides the Flea and Farmers Marker, Renningers has an Antique Center filled with just about anything from furniture, jewelry, vintage, classic, collectables, and much more. Prices will vary on quality and condition of the item. Most vendors take cash, however some do take credit cards too.
Come on down and have a great time at this special event. Renningers is open all year long. For more information on Renningers please visit renningers.net/events/winter-rally-and-swap-meet/ .
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Source of information: First hand experience, Renningers.net, and flmvpa.org