“The Convoy is Coming”

The Convoy resting in the desert after a day of trekking.
The Convoy resting in the desert after a day of trekking.

In 1920 the US Army executed a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the county on the newly formed trans-continental Bankhead Highway. The Army was determined to further their understanding of the practicality of motorized transport and its place in the US Army. This convoy was commanded by Col. John F. Franklin.


The 1920 route began at the White House in Washington D.C. and ended at Balboa Park in San Diego – some 3,300 miles and 116 days later.


The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (www.MVPA.org) is conducting a 95th Anniversary Convoy with as many as 65 Historic Military Vehicles that will retrace the original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route, along the Bankhead Highway.

The launched on September 19, from Virginia as permission to begin at the original site, Washington D.C. was denied the group.


Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.


The Historic military vehicles on the Convoy will range from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. These privately owned HMVs include motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks.


The convoy will pass through the Imperial Valley, October 16 before arriving at their final destination, Cabrillo National Monument Park in San Diego, October 17. They will dine with the El Centro Fire Department and stay at the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.