Although she grew up around classic military vehicles and today owns a 1945 Willys Jeep, 25-year-old Jordan Dowdall says her interest in the hobby only really took off once she understood just how much more there was to it
Growing up around military vehicles and popping to the post office in a World War Two BMW sidecar outfit never seemed unusual to me: I went to my school ball in the same sidecar. Like many people in the hobby, I grew up with military vehicles and kit as a norm; not thinking anything of machine guns in the barn or wearing disruptive pattern material.
I have fond memories of camping in my godfather’s 1967 Simca SUMB truck at War and Peace and riding around on the back of dad’s Kettenkrad eating hot dogs. However, it took a bit longer for me to find my own feet in the hobby and to see that there was more to it than just old Jeep parts and weaponry.
Since childhood, I have always been keen to attend military vehicle shows. Whether vehicles float your boat or not, many people simply go to dress up and have fun. I have always been welcomed by those involved and our classic military vehicle community is a wonderful group of people.