Red Ball military vehicles geared up Fairgrounds looking like a WWII base
Visitors to the Redball Military Transport event have the rare opportunity to ride in a World War II halftrack at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert. Victor izzo/ times news
The West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert has the look of a well-equipped World War II military base this weekend as the Redball Military Transport organization presents its Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show.
The rally will be held today at the Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Members of Redball, based in Belvidere, N.J., collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.
Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.
While a number of vintage military vehicles fill a large section of the parking area outside of the fairgrounds, inside there are over 300 vendors offering an array of wardated military equipment - from helmets and uniforms to radios and vehicle parts - for hobbyists and collectors,
Visitors to the show also have the opportunity to take a free ride in a WWII Halftrack or a GMC CCKW 2 1/2 Ton military truck.
Food and beverages are available inside the Fairgrounds.
The Redball Military Transport organization was established in 1992 and takes its name from the WWII supply route known as "The Redball Express".
The Redball Express kept Allied troops resupplied as they fought their way across France in 1944 in their attack aimed at the German homeland.
Their actions played an important part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
When not working on or displaying their vehicles, members of Redball Military Transport participate in parades, reenactment and civic and Veterans events.
In addition to their annual September rally, they also host a Winter Swap Meet every February at Memorial Hall on West 10th Street in Jim Thorpe.