Balboa Park: The War Years comes to Auto Museum.

International M-2-4 Rocket Truck used in the Pacific during World War II.
International M-2-4 Rocket Truck used in the Pacific during World War II.

An interesting new exhibit will open this coming Friday, April 3 at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Part of this year’s Centennial Celebration, the new exhibit is called Balboa Park: The War Years. According to one website: “The (auto museum) floor will be transformed into a USO show venue to tell the story of the impact that war had on San Diego and the entire West Coast.” As part of the museum’s general admission, visitors will be able to check out a dozen-or-so 1940s period vehicles used by the American military during the Second World War.

I was lucky to experience a small taste of the exhibit this afternoon. A rocket launching truck and anti-tank gun were waiting to be rolled from the outside parking lot into the museum during my Sunday walk through Balboa Park.

Here are several pics…

This historical military vehicle comes from the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego.
This historical military vehicle comes from the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego.
One of many interesting vehicles arriving for the upcoming Balboa Park The War Years exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
One of many interesting vehicles arriving for the upcoming Balboa Park: The War Years exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
US WW2 37mm M3 Anti-Tank Gun backing up to the museum's big side door!
US WW2 37mm M3 Anti-Tank Gun backing up to the museum’s big side door!

(After doing some searching on the internet, I’m pretty sure I have the above caption correct. If I don’t, leave a comment!)

Cool guy from San Diego Automotive Museum smiles for the camera!
Cool guy from San Diego Automotive Museum smiles for the camera!

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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