WW II vehicle convoy marks Alaska Highway anniversary
200 people to drive vintage military vehicles for 70th anniversary
Posted: Aug 5, 2012 4:24 PM CT
Last Updated: Aug 7, 2012 11:24 AM CT
Nearly 200 people will mark the 70th anniversary of the Alaska Highway this week with a drive up the highway in a convoy of World War II vintage military vehicles.
The convoy will travel more than 6,000 kilometres for about a month.One of the kinds of old military trucks drivers can see on the Alaska Highway as it makes its way along for the road's 70th anniversary. (Military Vehicle Preservation Association)
“If you are a collector of a historic military vehicle the chance to drive the Alaska Highway is just sort of one of the ultimates on your bucket list because of all of the history there. You really can't be a collector of a historic military vehicle without knowing what a significant role they played in the building of the highway and you can't look at a photo of that whole construction project without seeing one of these vehicles,” said Wendy Rowsan, a public relations volunteer with the group.
Rowsan said participants have come from across the U.S., Canada and from as far away as Australia to take part.
The convoy left the Alaska Highway mile marker zero in Dawson Creek, B.C., Saturday and are scheduled to arrive in Watson Lake Monday.
Drivers expect to be on the road travelling through Yukon and Alaska for nearly a month before returning to Dawson Creek.
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