Rust-Free Relics

The Collection of Stan Rorex
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by Earl “Butch” Gordo

 This vehicle was recently painted, had stars applied, and mounted with a Bren machine gun for the local Fourth of July parade. It won first place!

This vehicle was recently painted, had stars applied, and mounted with a Bren machine gun for the local Fourth of July parade. It won first place!

A native of Winnemucca, Nevada, 72-year-old Stan Rorex fully intended to join the Army with his buddies in the 1960s. A childhood leg injury left him “4F.” So, instead of joining the Army, Stan joined the Winnemucca Police Department, from which he recently retired as Chief of Police.

Stan always had a passion for history and began collecting anything related to his favorite vehicle— the M3 Half-track. During the 1970s and 1980s, he snapped up every piece that came available — usually paying just scrap prices.

 M3A1 with original front armor.

M3A1 with original front armor.

The vehicles have been resting in the Nevada sun for decades. Though there is no rust, every seal seems to have certainly dried out. No, they are not for sale. In fact, Stan is still accumulating! He recently bought a display BREN machine gun to mount on one of his half-tracks for the local Fourth of July. I just thought it would be interesting for our readers to see that there are still some hoards of military hardware still out there!

 Another half-track chassis with a WC-52 in the background.

Another half-track chassis with a WC-52 in the background.

 Half-track chassis and running gear in amazing, rust-free condition.

Half-track chassis and running gear in amazing, rust-free condition.

 This 1/2-ton Dodge command car still retains much of its original olive drab paint and even traces of the original markings.

This 1/2-ton Dodge command car still retains much of its original olive drab paint and even traces of the original markings.