The 38th Annual East Coast Military Vehicle Show and Flea Market took place at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on May 12, 13 and 14, and two members of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) were in attendance, displaying their collections – Dean Hansen and Tom Buonaugurio.
Hansen and Buonaugurio are both members of the Washington Area Collectors/Blue and Gray Military Vehicle Trust, a local chapter of the national Military Vehicle Preservation Association with approximately 180 members in Maryland, Washington and Virginia and more than 15,000 members nationwide.
“It’s basically an old car club, but everybody collects military vehicles,” Buonaugurio said.
The primary purpose of the annual event is to serve the community. Each year proceeds from the event are donated to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Military Museum, the Wounded Warrior Clinic, United Service Organizations and the Soldiers Sailor Airmen Home. In addition, throughout the year, members of the club donate their vehicles to local and national parades and ceremonies, transport veterans to and from their homes and even showcase their collections in military movies.
“The national organization is also into the history aspect of it to maintain these vehicles. If someone didn’t do it you would only see them in a few rare museums,” Hansen said.