Did anyone go to the tank auction in CA?
No, but I did fantasize about owning my own tank after reviewing the ones for sale A man can only dream...
Found this: http://www.kgwn.tv/news/headlines/Military--266670541.html
A Sherman, even with the gun disabled, would be a perfect vehicle for today's traffic.
I wonder how one would look with wire wheels?
If buying a M60 tank, here's the proper song to play:
(Big Machine by Gene Savage)
Here's the link:
Brings to mind the movie "Tank" staring James Garner......
If your wife gets mad when you bring a new Model T home, imagine what she would say if you brought a tank home???!!!!!!
There's a really funny episode of Family Guy where Peter Griffin buys a tank. http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Hell_Comes_to_Quahog
Tanks a lot for posting about this auction. (Sorry, for the REALLY bad pun)
This infuriates me.
I knew Jaques Littlefield quite well and I know this is what happens when you die and leave a legacy in hopes that your family is wise with what you built for them but then they do otherwise...waste the money, then have to sell off hard assets
He and one other plus myself have the only three Jesterkas (http://www.auctionsamerica.com/events/feature-lots.cfm?SaleCode=LC14&ID=r0020&Or der=runorder&feature=&collection=&grouping=&category=Cars) in the USA.
That is why many people put all kinds of clauses in their wills to head off the silliness that occurs. I know a lady that just recently received her inheritance, 10 years after her father died…because he put it in a trust that would not be released until she proved she completed her college degree. She completed the degree . Lets face it, receiving a large inheritance makes a person go batshit crazy. Ive seen the best people/family turn into wild animals over money and property.
I became acquainted with a guy I saw regularly at morning coffee. One day he showed up with a brand new Rolls. . I said, "There goes the neighborhood."
He told me he loaned money with inheritances as collateral. There's no way to beat the greedy anxious heirs.
Best to give your heirs as much help as you can while you still have your mind.
It says they donated this stuff to a Collings Foundation that's building a Military museum. Kept some off the rarest stuff to display. Doesn't sound like they squandered the family fortune.
The Santa Clara Club did a couple of tours there in the past few years.
There's nothing wrong with selling a collection. It allows new people to collect and build collections of their own. The reality of this collection-or any other collection-is that someone or some group has decided they have no interest in these items and/or can no longer maintain them. They are actually acting responsibly as the longer these vehicles sit un-maintained, the more rapidly their condition will deteriorate. When they get sold, chances are they will go to a more appreciative collector(s) who will likely restore or maintain the items and exhibit them where others can see. I own cars from both Harrah's and Towe collections and I can assure you the cars are in much better condition now then when they were purchased. Also, they are regularly used and have been seen by far more people than would have ever seen them in a static museum. How often have you been to a car museum and viewed a collection of great cars and then looked around and realized there were only three other people in the entire museum doing the same? Last time I was at one of the major midwest museums, you could have shot a cannon down the empty isles and you could almost hear the cars seizing up from lack of use as they sat still on the same sterile pedestals that they have been on for 20 years or longer. Just imagine some of these great cars being driven on tour or on display at a concours/show where more people would see them in one day then notice them in a year as a static museum display. When I am no longer able to maintain my cars, I certainly want them to go to someone who can continue using them and even relocating them to an area where people have not seen them before.
A museum is next thing to a mausoleum. Good for you, Ron.
My parents collected tons of stuff, cars, coins, stamps, antiques and on an on! They both told my brothers, sisters and me that just because this stuff was their passion it didn't need to be ours, or are burden for that matter. I bought my dad's 1933 Ford Coupe from him after signing in blood that it would never become a hot rod. I'm the 3rd owner since it was new. A few years ago I tracked down the gentleman who bought his 15 T and he graciously sold it to me for which I will be forever grateful. My dad had some nice cars all of which he or we sold, plus tons of NOS an used parts. Many of the parts went for a song and a dance because we had no idea what they went too. I'm following in his foot steps with garages full of crap that have few labels as to what it is. Fortunately I don't have the financial resource that he had or it would be worse. These shop and garage cleansings that occur, whether being done by us or are children serve to put all those unfinished project back out in circulation where we hope someone finishes them or puts the parts to use. For those that feel the family needs to keep their collection in tact, get an attorney, CPA and a good life insurance agent and set up a 501-C3 and fund it so that there is money to house,maintain and care for your collection without dumping it on your family, who may or may not have any interest.
I have a 1929 Fleet biplane in my hangar that I wrecked in 1975. Just started restoring it again.
I have also started restoring it a few other times again over the years. I also have a 1928 ford open pickup in the hangar that I have been working on for a few years.
My wife said, when we still lived in Missouri, that if I went first she was going to ask the farmer next door to dig a big hole with his back hoe and they would then push all of my treasures in and cover them up. Now she says that she is going to call our son and tell him to come and get it all. He will have thirty days and it goes to the dump, I tell my friends at the airport to be quick and she will probably give them the Fleet. Otherwise it may go to the scrap yard.
As far as selling before we are gone I have two rooms full of old amateur radio vacuum tube equipment that I am slowly selling off.
My mother in her wisdom gave away to her five sons all of the things that might have caused problems before she passed on.
John in Tucson
Come by Ryan Airfield and you can see my treasures
My dad has his will drawn up and I am the only son.
I have told him that I cant use the boat or waverunner and would probably sell those to someone who would but the rest of his stuff will be sold at my estate sale. He worked hard for many years to get what he has and if he wants me to have it, fine, I will take care of it and use what of it I can.
He also knows for me to enjoy the Harleys I will have to install sidecars or tryke them so I can ride them.
Being single I dont from anyone else about what will go in a hole and what will be sold for scrap. I would soon part from someone that didnt support me any more than to break my heart like that all the time.
Along with a tuba collection, I have lots and lots of Model Ts and tons of parts. My wife sez when I die the funeral will be at 9 am and the auction at 11 am. Ya'll come !