RIP, Jacques Littlefield, a legend in San Francisco machine art culture. Littlefield had the world's largest private collection of restored tanks and other military vehicles on his ranch in Portola Valley, California. The founder of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation passed away earlier this month at the age of 59. (For more about Littlefield, see this 2003 article in the New York Times. Full photo above and many more viewable at Neil Mishalove's site.) By all accounts, Littlefield was always delighted to share his unusual hobby with the public. BB pal Karen Marcelo of Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) emailed me:
I was lucky enough to get a tour with a bunch of other SRL people in the
90s. amazing collection. he had 2 scuds at the time. we got to see this bridge building tank that he turned on for us! also anti-aircraft tanks with matching satellite truck, tanks from russia, britain, us, etc. he even has a huge pipe organ and built a separate earthquake proof building to house it and has a miniature steam train running thru his property that we got to ride.