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Military Vehicle Technology Foundation

Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
Military Vehicle Technology Foundation is located in California
Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
Location of the collection
Established 1998
Location Portola Valley, California
Coordinates
Type Military museum
Director Founder Jacques Littlefield (d.2009), Chairman of the Board Scott Littlefield, President Bill Boller
Curator Dave Marian[1]
Website http://www.mvtf.org

The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation is a large collection of military vehicles located in Portola Valley, California. It was founded by the late Jacques Littlefield, and now is under the direction of Bill Boller.

The founder of the Foundation, Mr. Jacques Littlefield, started the collection in 1975 with the purchase of an unrestored M3A1 Scout Car. The first two tanks arrived on site in 1983. The collection comprised a total of five armored vehicles by 1988. Over time other military vehicles and associated equipment were acquired from dealers, collectors, or in trade with various museums or government agencies in the United States and abroad. By the middle of the 1990s the collection included examples from almost all historically significant land battles of the last half-century. The oldest armored military vehicle in the collection is a World War I era M1917 light tank.

The Foundation was established in early 1998 to serve the interests of authors, historians, educators, the defense industry, veteran groups, model makers and the entertainment industry. Littlefield's major objective for the Foundation was to preserve the collection for the future.[2]

The collection is very large, surpassing many national military museums in both quality and quantity. Over 200 armored fighting vehicles are present in the collection.[3]

The foundation offers tours of its collection. Scheduling information can be found on its website.

In 2012 the foundation started a new program in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America to start the youth Venturing Crew 551 to assist in the restoration of vehicles. As well as to help educate the public through tours and presentations about the significance of armored vehicles throughout history. More information about the crew can be found at their website and the public's positive response at Yelp's review page[4]

The foundation signed over its collection to the Collings Foundation on July 4, 2013. A year later, on July 11 and 12th 2014, the Collings Foundation auctioned off 120 of the vehicles to fund creation of a new museum to display the collection at the Collings Foundation headquarters in Stow, Massachusetts.[5]

References

  1. ^ For Big Collector of Tanks, Panzer Was Last Hurrah The Wall Street Journal
  2. ^ History of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
  3. ^ Inventory of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
  4. ^ Yelp's Review Page for the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation [1]
  5. ^ Silicon Valley tank collection heading east to The Collings Foundation in Stow

External links

  • Military Vehicle Technology Foundation website
  • Churchill Toad acquisition
  • Large, high quality photojournal of a visit by Bernard Zee
  • Photojournal of a visit by Neil Mishalov
  • Information about Venture crew 551
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