World War II Retrospective

World War II Retrospective

Tomorrow’s newspaper headline will carry the report that President Obama is closing Ford Motor Company and Hannaford is taking half the meat off its shelves.  Impossible, you say.  While these headlines may sound impossible for 2012, that’s exactly what happened in 1942.  To the generations of American who grew up well after World War II, it’s hard to imagine the sacrifices Americans at home made as part of the nation’s war effort.

In honor of upcoming Veteran’s Day, Motorland Vintage America is pleased to open a special World War II Retrospective on Friday, October 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as part of the Biddeford Art Walk.   In our gallery, we’ll feature “Life on the Homefront” with artifacts showing what life was like for Maine families during the war.  In our showroom, we’ll feature “Life on the Battlefront” and some examples of military vehicles and other materials used by US soldiers in the war to end all wars.

Our special presentation will be a 1944 Ford Armored Utility Car, from the collection of military specialist John Cliche of Arundel. For the war effort, Ford Motor Company made nearly 4000 armored utility cars and today there are less than 20 known survivors in the USA.  Cliche’s is the only vehicle to have a 1st master class designation from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.  We will also feature other vintage military vehicles in this very special exhibition.

We’re also proud to exhibit the WWII memoribilia from 12-year-old historian David Sabot, a local 7th grader who has shared some family heirlooms from WWII as well as other articles from his growing collection.

The exhibition will run through Veteran’s Day.  On Sunday, November 11th, there will be special open house from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to honor our veterans and their families and thank them for their service.  The public is invited and veterans and collectors are encouraged to bring along their military vehicles. For more information, contact Motorland at 207.710.6699 or stop by our showroom gallery at 2 Main Street, Biddeford at North Dam Mill.