Notes from the field: Ethanol, Vapor Lock and other Gas Woes

Today’s gas issues have certainly given historic military vehicle (HMV) owners some significant challenges, especially given the prevalence of ethanol in fuel. If ethanol is new to your area, and you are just starting to use it, the first word of caution is: Watch your fuel filters. Ethanol is an excellent cleaner and solvent. Read on to learn more about it. More »

Historic MV sale generates $2.9M for National Military History Center

Auctions America concluded its 2012 auction season on a positive note on the weekend, helping the historic National Military History Center (NMHC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in Auburn, Indiana, sell more than 80 vintage military vehicles as well as a diverse assortment of more than 100 pieces of priceless war memorabilia at no reserve. Featuring the largest group of full and half-track military items ever offered at public auction, the five-hour sale captured the attention of the global collector community, generating $2,976,605 hammer in sales before a packed house. More »

A Long Legacy: Collecting relics from the Battle of Gettysburg

The great Battle of Gettysburg was worth commemorating even as it raged and both soldiers and besieged residents of the town took the opportunity to preserve important mementoes of the fight. Many of these early relics formed the basis for some of the largest of the Gettysburg collections. Several of the most significant collections of Gettysburg artifacts were assembled by Gettysburg civilians who witnessed the fight — J. Howard Wert, John Rosensteel and John Spangler. More »

From field to finish… M38A1C: A 1-Year Project

It was during the winter of 2009 when Angelo Salvadore discovered what would become his newest project. While in a conversation with Herman Morrill of Hubbardston, Mass., Angelo shared stories about his hobby of restoring older vehicles. Herman told Angelo that he had an “older military jeep” in his backyard and would be willing to give it to him if he was interested. Upon seeing the Jeep, Angelo recognized it as a “military cannon jeep.” Upon further investigation, it was revealed to be a 1952 M38A1C Jeep. This particular jeep was rare to “find in whole”—most of were cut into pieces with a torch and scrapped. Without hesitation, Angelo decided to take on this restoration. More »

Air Trails on a Cross

An interesting relic surfaced at a recent antique show in the form of what appeared to be a typical WWI Iron Cross, 1st Class. On the surface, it was typical with nothing more than the date “7/16 1917” inked on the top of the case. The reverse held a different, and a quite intriguing story. More »

MVM got the “call” — WE’RE GOING TO NASCAR!

In our commitment to grow the hobby, Military Vehicles Magazine has made an agreement with Bristol Motor Speedway to display and distribute our magazine at the March 2012 NASCAR race weekend. That’s right…Military Vehicles is going to Bristol! Not only is this a great opportunity for us to introduce the hobby to a whole new audience, it will be a fantastic venue for businesses, clubs and shows to promote themselves as well. More »

American experimental helmets from WWI

When the United States entered the First World War on the side of the Allies in 1917, the major powers of Europe had been fighting for nearly three years. In that time, the front lines on the Western Front had become nearly static, with trenches that stretched from Switzerland in the south to the English Channel in the north. This environment had caused the combatant armies to adapt their weapons and equipment. One such piece, the steel helmet, was born out of this necessity. More »

Museum challenges us to give a ‘Million Thanks’

Many agree that the most valuable gift Americans possess is their freedom. In the spirit of acknowledging that, and in recognition of Veterans Day, The National WWII Museum is asking citizens to thank the brave men and women in uniform who protected it. A new campaign entitled “Thank You For My Freedom,” that harnesses the power of social media to send thanks to veterans of all ages, is under way. More »

USS Iowa to be moved to LA’s battleship museum

The USS Iowa — the last surviving World War II battleship without a home — will head to the Port of Los Angeles to stand as a permanent museum and memorial to battleships, the Navy said Sept. 6. The nearly 900-foot (270-meter) battleship must be rehabilitated in San Francisco Bay before it can be towed down the California coast, Pacific Battleship Center president Robert Kent said. That should happen in late October, when unusually high tides are expected in the bay, he said. More »