Journey 
Into History 1

This October, Fort Worth Welcomes Classic Military
Vehicles to the Historic Bankhead Highway

From Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to seminal movies such as Easy Rider, Americans have always appreciated the symbolic importance of highways. Iconic roads such as Route 66 represent intrinsic traits of the American character: adventure, possibility, and the exhilaration of freedom. Texas’s Bankhead Highway stands alongside Route 66 as one of the preeminent early transcontinental highways.

The road originally spanned 850 miles and passed through Fort Worth on its way from Texarkana to El Paso. The route persists to this day, and local history buffs can appreciate remnants of it — such as the grade separation on Vickery Boulevard — right here in Fort Worth. In early October, the Bankhead Highway will come back to life as the vein of transport for a remarkable and historic convoy.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association, a non-profit group with an international membership, will travel the Bankhead Highway as part of a journey from Washington D.C. to San Diego, California. Zim Zimmerman, city councilman for District 3, has served as the contact for the MVPA’s passage through Fort Worth.

“The convoy will reach Fort Worth on Sunday, October 3rd,” says Zimmerman. “They’ll enter the city via Interstate 30, then take Lancaster to Camp Bowie for a stop at Farrington Field.”

Those who catch the convoy en route will witness a sight seemingly plucked from the past. Faithfully restored vehicles from some of the most important conflicts of the 20th century find new life through the stewardship of MVPA members. Observers can see the passage of everything from armored transports, to jeeps and military motorcycles. Once at Farrington Field, the convoy will take a two day break from the road, and welcomes the public to come appreciate the vehicles and informative displays.

“The public can plan to arrive at Farrington Field around mid-morning on Sunday,” says Zimmerman. “The MVPA welcomes anyone who wants to take a look at the vehicles, and also plans to host a couple of events while here.”

The MVPA’s 2015 convoy serves as the latest iteration of sponsored trail rides that have seen the historic vehicles crisscross North America. The 2009 Transcontinental Convoy retraced the route of the first United States Army crossing of the country. The 2012 convoy traveled through the Alaskan wilderness along the ALCAN highway. The 2015 Bankhead Highway Convoy will retrace the U.S. Army’s 1920 coastFrom Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to seminal movies such as Easy Rider, Americans have always appreciated the symbolic importance of highways. Iconic roads such as Route 66 represent intrinsic traits of the American character: adventure, possibility, and the exhilaration of freedom. Texas’s Bankhead Highway stands alongside Route 66 as one of the preeminent early transcontinental highways.-to-coast journey, and bring to life one of the most important transcontinental trips of modern history.

Those who want to see the vehicles in person can visit Farrington Field between October 3rd and the morning of the 5th. The MVPA currently needs local sponsors to support Fort Worth’s efforts. 
For more information visit MVPA.org, or contact Zim Zimmerman’s office via sandi.breaux@fortworthtexas.gov.