RIP Jacques Littlefield

I recently read that Jacques Littlefield, a person whose collection I irrationally envy, and whose obsession I strangely understand, lost a battle to cancer at the age of 59. What did he collect?

What else: tanks. To which he devoted a football field sized "garage" to.

Jacques Littlefield

His collection housed tanks and other self-propelled means of destruction from virtually every country that ever made a tank, and from ever war in which tanks were used. His collection is the largest private collection of military vehicles and is considered one of the best if not the most comprehensive, and even rivals the largest military museums in the world. His most recent acquisition was a German Panther tank that rested at the bottom of a river ever since the end of World War II. There are only 28 known Panthers still in existence today in any condition whatsoever. His will be number 29.

One day I can see taking Harper to go see his collection housed at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation, which he founded in 1998. Assuming of course if it is ever opened to the public (crossing fingers).

If the old and cheesy poster I remember from the 80s that reads "the person who dies with most toys, wins," is even slightly true, then Jacques Littlefield wins. By a mile.

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Thanks for your appreciation of Jacques. The MVTF board met last week, and hopes to have an announcement up as to the future direction of the MVTF on the website in the coming week. (Delay is due to lost passwords, etc.)

In the meantime:

MVTF mailing address: P.O. Box 7390 Menlo Park, CA 94026

MVTF email: jmlmvtf@gmail.com

Thank you so much for contacting me. I can't wait to hear any news you can provide, and even if you can't be open to the public all the time, just once a month would be amazing.

The Foundation will carry on. I've posted the president's letter to my blog, and hope that the MVTF website will do so before the end of the week.

http://lizditz.typepad.com/ispeakof_dreams/2009/01/jacques-littlefields-collection-to-remain-intact-and-activities-to-continue.html

Requests for tours:

tours.mvtf@gmail.com

Is the collection still open to the public? Like to set up a group tour. Unable to reach via email addresses listed. Much appreciated if anyone can help. Thanks. Archie

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  • The Foundation will carry on. I've posted the president's letter to my blog, and hope that the MVTF website will do so before the end of the week. http://lizditz.typepad.com/ispeakof_dreams/2009/01/jacques-littlefields...

  • Thank you so much for contacting me. I can't wait to hear any news you can provide, and even if you can't be open to the public all the time, just once a month would be amazing. ...

  • Thanks for your appreciation of Jacques. The MVTF board met last week, and hopes to have an announcement up as to the future direction of the MVTF on the website in the coming week. (Delay is due to lost passwords, etc....

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