Panther vs. Pershing a short comparison of German and US Tank design in late WWII


Date Thursday October 16th 2003
Time 5:00 PM
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

Pony Tracks Ranch is the private estate of Jacques Littlefield; he built this facility to restore military vehicles and hired a staff of specialists to do the work. Mr. Littlefield’s collection is known as the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation – it includes about 200 systems from WWI to the 1980s. Domestic and foreign combat vehicles such as tanks, armored cars, self-propelled artillery and other technically interesting mobile platforms are the focus of the collection. The collection includes a ZSU-23-4, two German Leopards, a perfectly restored T-72, Pt 76, STUG III, 2S1, and other systems from the modern battlefield, plus many historic vehicles from WWII, Korea and other conflicts – some with battle damage. In addition, there are towed artillery, antitank and antiaircraft guns and military support equipment. Inert ordnance, and accessories round out the collection.

The Foundation oversees one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world. Their goal is to acquire, restore, and interpret the historical significance of 20th and 21st century military vehicles. They also maintain an extensive technical library that describes many vehicles down to the part level.

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Jacques M. Littlefield was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Burlingame, CA. He received a BA Economics from Stanford in 1971 and an MBA from Stanford in '1973. He was a Product Manufacturing Engineer, Hewlett Packard, Manufacturing Division, Palo Alto, 1973-1978. From 1978 to Present he's been an Investor and founder of Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

He is currently on The Hoover Institute Board of Overseers, Stanford University and Chairman of the Board of the Patton Museum foundation, Fort Knox, KY. and a member of the Bohemian Club, San Francisco

His previous Trustee/ Board positions have included; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Exploratorium, San Francisco; Coyote Point Museum of Environmental Education, San Mateo; Filoli Center, Woodside; Cate School, Carpinteria, CA: Trinity School, Menlo Park.

His hobbies in addition to Military vehicles include: trains, music (especially organ music), tractors, cars, and aircraft.

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