Tour of the Largest Private Collection of Military Vehicles

Through the MIT Club of Northern California, Christy and I got the chance to tour the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation's collection in Portola Valley. Seeing 100 tanks from different time periods lined up and seemingly ready to roll was pretty amazing.

I've always had a thing for half-track vehicles, and was especially pleased to see a half-track motorcycle (SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkrad). In all honesty, this is probably one of the most impractical vehicles ever created, but it just looks so cool.

My other favorites to see in-person were a SCUD missile launcher (SS-1b Scud A) and an M48A5 AVLB (armored vehicle-launched bridge).

They also have a large shop where they repair, rebuild, and often re-engineer parts to restore the various tanks. While I was there, they were in the middle of repairing a World War II-era German tank found in a river.

The collection is the hobby of Jacques Littlefield, whose father, Edmund Littlefield, amassed a $1.7 billion fortune by running the family construction and mining company, Utah International, and merging it with GE (more here at Forbes).

The Instructables forums aren't exactly the best place to few 57 pictures, so here's my Flickr set, and here's the Flickr set of the person who organized the tour.

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Lftndbt9 years ago
WoW!! That's impressive! There's nothing as spectacular as that in Sydney, but we do have a lovely array of War memorabilia on display at several museum's... At our maritime we have H.M.A.S Vampire and I believe a Russian sub permentley moored for the public the walk through.... The amount of times I've LoL, as friends crowned themselves on the low door ways (That's not the correct term is it? ;) ) I've learnt to duck now... Te he... Love it !! Thanks!
Whaleman9 years ago
Awesome. I am a big fan of military vehicles, so, I think this is the best forum topic EVAR!!
Patrik9 years ago
How the heck can someone buy a SCUD missile launcher? 8-o

Scratch that - how the heck do you get a SCUD missile launcher into the country?! :-D
ewilhelm (author)  Patrik9 years ago
The story they told was that it was shipped in with a fleet of Land Rovers, and had proper importation papers, as if it were just another one of the Land Rovers. It was impounded for inspection for a few months and then released without incident. In the end, I don't think a SCUD is really that much different than a Soviet tank. It's just that SCUDs weigh so heavily on our perception due to the first Gulf War.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. The only difference between the men and the boys is the price of their toys. Jacques has some cool toys.
Coolest form post ever!!!!!!! This is an amazing collection of vehicles ( i dont know if you can call them that when they are so cool!) Thanks for sharing. I know many people who will like this.