Old Autos
Monday, March 19, 2001


Gord visits a military vehicle parts flea market...

TORONTO, ON - On the 25th of February at the Stephen Leacock Community Centre on Birchmount R%d. here in Toronto the Ontario Military Vheicle Association had a flea market of, what else, military parts and supplies. Frank Von Rssenstiel has been the "king-pin" in running this annual event for the last 14 years. (Actually he says he would like someone else to take over the job). This is a small flea market, as flea markets go, but, of course the reason is not too manu vendors specialize in military vehicle parts. I notice the ones that do have a very fince selection of new, used and repro stock, plus a large selection of manuals and literature.

Brian Gough from Oshawa, a military vehicle collector, deals in parts, antique trucks, trailers, early Jeeps and also service station memorabilia. He is also a volunteer worker in the restoration shop at the military museum at Camp Borden. Ralph Journeay from Welland calls his business "Niagara Military Parts" and tables full at this sale to prove it. Ralph also had a "security?" man with him, Lou Gaspare a retired mounty. (Only kidding.) Lou and I had an nice chat. At this flea market there is a whole lot of chatting going on. It's a very well organized freindly event.

Next fellow I had a chat with was Markus Schneider from Oro Station who owns "Willys Acres Inc." and is not only an Old Autos subscriber but also an Old Autos advertiser. I think he mostly deals mostly deals in Jeep parts, but he tells me he buys, sells or trades and also restores any army vehicles and will install parts he sell if need be. In fact, he runs the "Historic Jeep Restoration Club" and their flyer states the following. The club is - about people enjoying the most versatile vehicle ever made, the jeep - about getting together to share experiences, knwoledge, answer question - about helping to restore and preserve and important piece of history - open to everyone - about hosting meeings, tours, and workshops to cover particular fields of interest - a non profit organization and was incorporated on July 5/2000.

None of its members are required to own a Jeep or any other military vehicle to join in. The club newsletter is published 6 times a year. Cost to join is $ 20.00 per year. The club offers free advertising privileges in the newsletter. (Sounds very good to your truly). You can contact this addres for membership. Willys Acres Inc., RR #2, 3224 Conc. #7, Oro Station, Ontario, L0L 2E0 or phone (705)835-5739.

I had a chat with Markus and his wife (if not we are both in trouble) and he seems to be a regular guy and ver knowlegeable aned interested in military vehicles.

While I'm on this military bender there is another flea market coming up on June 9th and 10th/2001 at the Oshawa Airport again held by the Ontario Military Vehicle Assoc. in conjunction with the Ontario Regiment Museum. There will also be a military vehicle display, judging and other relatedactivities. Phone Frank (905) 721-0840 for further information.

I took my discharge from the army in Feb. 1946 and as I was connected to the transport section of the Army Service Corp. this tyype of flea market brings back many memories of my army life.