Visit to the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation

Jan 13, 2007

Chris Weld writes:

Didn’t start unusual, we gathered at the shop for breakfast and as we gathered a fellow and his wife, riding with Jeff Wu on an R/26, pull-in. He’s riding a 1924 unrestored Sunbeam, she’s on a late 40’s Royal Enfield. Note that I said ‘riding’; no trailers involved.

There are about 15 of us for breakfast and off we go, some in ‘cages’ of course. At breakfast we learn that Jeff Wu had wrangled an invitation to a private mountain-top retreat in the Los Altos Hills, a little 400 acre affair where the owner’s big on military vehicles and has built this huge five-building (least that’s all I saw….), complex for the restoration and display of these vehicles. When was the last time you walked-up to a Russian made Scud Missle launch vehicle with ‘Scud’ affixed? Our ‘tour guide’, is another military vehicle buff and was assisted by an active for just retired Armored Division Colonel.

Tour lasted hours and we barely scratched the surface. Mind you, we’re on a mountain top, above Palo Alto, accessed by a very steep public road (until about the last 3/4 miles of private gated driveway). How’d they get this stuff up there?

Pictures from Chris

1 0f 4 Bldgs

1 0f 4 Bldgs

1 0f 4 Bldgs
2 Whl Drive w_machine gun

2 Whl Drive w_machine gun

2 Whl Drive w_machine gun
All Blds Similar

All Blds Similar

All Blds Similar
Awaiting Restoration

Awaiting Restoration

Awaiting Restoration
Chain Drive Tractor

Chain Drive Tractor

Chain Drive Tractor
French Citroen

French Citroen

French Citroen
Happy Wu

Happy Wu

Happy Wu
Late40's RE female

Late40’s RE female

Late40’s RE female
Machine Gun Better_vw

Machine Gun Better_vw

Machine Gun Better_vw
Needs Swiss Army

Needs Swiss Army

Needs Swiss Army
Note Propeller in back

Note Propeller in back

Note Propeller in back
Orig Unrestrd '24 Sunbeam

Orig Unrestrd ‘24 Sunbeam

Orig Unrestrd ‘24 Sunbeam
RE

RE

RE
Sand Hill Rd

Sand Hill Rd

Sand Hill Rd
Sunbeam Details

Sunbeam Details

Sunbeam Details
Sunbeam SS

Sunbeam SS

Sunbeam SS
Sunbeam #2

Sunbeam #2

Sunbeam #2
The Other 3

The Other 3

The Other 3
Using Swiss Army

Using Swiss Army

Using Swiss Army
Zundapp

Zundapp

Zundapp
lst Bldg

lst Bldg

lst Bldg

Marc took these before breakfast

'24 Sunbeam

‘24 Sunbeam

‘24 Sunbeam
'47 Royal Enfield

‘47 Royal Enfield

‘47 Royal Enfield

Pictures from Jeff