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Buone Feste!

Post by pierino » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:34 am

ai residui lettori di questo forum - resistenti all'impero dell'evanescente Facebook - desidero dedicare questi buoni propositi per il nuovo anno, espressi dall'editore di Military Vehicles, John Adams-Graf, che spero mi vorrà perdonare questo piccolo furto.

il testo è in inglese, ma oramai un buon traduttore online è alla portata di tutti, nel caso. https://translate.google.it/?hl=it

quindi, Buon Natale ed un augurio di un sereno 2018 a tutti!


Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Historic Military Vehicle (HMV) Collectors

Have you made any promises to your self about your hobby to fulfill in 2018? It isn’t too late, but there is a trick to ensure your resolutions are successful: Start with a goal. Ask yourself what it is you want to achieve. Here are a few resolutions that you, as a collector, might want to consider:

1. Start your collection “inventory.”

Sure, inventory doesn’t sound fun, but you have probably amassed a lot tools, accessories, and books related to your vehicle. If you don’t think an inventory is important to you, consider your heirs. An inventory will be invaluable to them should you happen to be hit by a bus. The more information you can leave in an organized fashion, the less likely your vehicles, tools, accouterments, accessories, or library will end up in a dumpster.

2. Perform basic maintenance

Every year that goes by, I am surprised the chores that I seem to have never finished. Basic maintenance is too easy to put off. There is always a parade, a rally, a convoy, or just some other activity that allows us to think we can put off changing the oil, rotating the tires, or checking the brakes until next weekend.

This year, why not get out your calendar and mark in a few basic vehicle chores so that you have self-imposed deadlines?

3. Clean and inspect.

If you have any vehicles, military relics, or accessories in storage, get them out and inspect them for rodents or insect damage. It will be a good time to check for any moisture seepage in your storage area as well. Again, write it your calendar: “Clean HMV and storage area.”

4. Sell a few items.

You say you are worried about the health of the hobby? Well, nothing is better for its good health than putting items into circulation. Cull out a few pieces and sell them. Let someone else experience the same excitement you felt when you first discovered the items.

5. Write something.

Many collectors like to call themselves “historians” but let’s be honest. Until you share the knowledge you have, you are just a collector sitting in a corner. Real history is a sharing activity. Maybe you can share your accumulated collecting and mechanical knowledge in a blog, a forum post, or an article.

But most importantly, start. You might be surprised at how much you have to share. For example, there is a whole new generation of historic military vehicle drivers and collectors coming into the hobby. What you might think is basic knowledge, might be foreign to them. Not everyone grew up changing oil, rotating tires, or bleeding brakes.

Again, if that bus hits you tomorrow, all that great knowledge rattling around in your brain about Jeeps, engines, blank-firing weapons, or how to change a tire on a combat rim — is lost on the pavement — unless you write it down.

6. Finish an area.

Whether you are restoring a truck, jeep, bike, or some other vehicle, determine something specific that you will finish this year. Maybe its something complicated like rebuilding a carburetor or rewiring the cab or something a little less delicate like rotating the tires or recovering the seats. Whatever it is, decide on an achievable goal now. It will keep you focused later in the year when something might distract your hobby endeavors.

7. Expand: Try something new.

Have you been driving the same vehicle for the last twenty years? Spread your wings, baby…look at something new!

Nothing invigorates the collecting juices like settling in on a new area of interest. Have you always dreamed of a military motorcycle? Well you aren’t getting any younger — take the plunge! You know how excited you feel when you are learning about a new vehicle. That excitement is what keeps us engaged in the hobby, talking with others, sharing ideas, and exploring for parts to discover. My Dad always said that passion is what “Keeps you young!”

8. Join other collectors.

Subscribe to a hobby publication (like Military Vehicles Magazine—I know, that was a shameless plug) or join a local HMV club or the national MVPA. For the price of subscription or joining, you can open your collecting world to a whole new group of enthusiasts this year. But it starts with joining.

9. Go to a new show.

Plan a vacation or a trip around attending a show you have never attended before. One of the biggest thrills I have each year is when I walk into a show and realize I haven’t seen all the vehicles before!

10. Share your Enthusiasm.

Make a point of introducing your hobby to at least one new person. Display your vehicle at a local event or national convention. Give a talk to a group of school kids or your Veteran’s organization. The point is, share what it is that excites you about collecting and history—it is infectious.


Once you have a goal, make a plan. It might even help if you write it down.

Then, put the plan into action. It’s time to make things happen. Decide on a resolution or two and initiate!

After a few weeks, review what’s working with your resolution. Make adjustments and continue on your path. You will feel a great sense of personal satisfaction and pride in being a protector of the historic vehicles and relics you treasure.

Preserve the Memories,

John Adams-Graf

Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine and Military Trader
1941 Ford GP
1942 Ford GTB, matching #'s
1943 Huffman model 81
1943 R.I.A. Hand Cart M3A4
1943 Willys MB
1943 Highway Trailer K-38
1944 Ford GPW, matching #'s
1944 Cushman 39G
1944 Harley WLA
1944 Converto Dump 1/2 Ton
1944 VW TYP166 Schwimmwagen
1960 Willys MB-T
1943 Stinson L-5

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Re: Buone Feste!

Post by Sepp Franzl » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:17 am

Io punto a fare l'inventario.

Buon Natale e un sereno anno nuovo a tutti!

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Post by PvtFerry » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:38 am

AUGURI a tutti - Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!!!
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Re: Buone Feste!

Post by Robbby84 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:38 am

Io come obiettivo mi prefisso di "NOT to be hit by a bus" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sicuramente il punto 5 è il motivo di questo forum. Alla voglia di condividere....aggiungerei anche la voglia di ricevere...che troppo spesso manca...
Miglioreremo anche in questo, si spera....

Buone feste a tutti!

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1942 WILLYS MB script (maybe slat)
1942 BSA WM20 (my brother's)
1943 R.I.A. M3A4 Handcart (restoration's coming)
1943 HARLEY DAVIDSON 42WLA (restoration on going)
1943 GMC CCKW 353 closed cab
1943 WILLYS MBT Trailer (restoration on going)
1945 DODGE D3/4 WP APT
1967 FORD M151 A1 (my brother's)

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Post by doriagr » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:44 pm

Buone feste a tutti voi, robi
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Post by Luba1710 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:03 am

Un augurio a tutti di buone feste.. :D

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Post by clauss » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:58 pm

Auguri e buone feste a tutti

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Post by Argoto » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:32 am

Auguri e Buon Natale
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Re: Buone Feste!

Post by Spadi » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:58 am

Manca il punto "11": Esplorazione strade per l'edizione della "Colonna della Libertà 2018", preparazione del suo programma e definizione dei vitti/alloggi degli equipaggi.

E poi il punto "12": Una bella mangiata del piatto caratteristico della città che la ospiterà! :wink:

Saluti ed Auguri a tutti!! Sicuramente per me sarà un Natale più sereno dello scorso anno anche se la serenità assoluta è oramai svanita!


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Post by WALTER56 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:48 pm

Auguri a tutti anche da parte mia!

1942 - Ford GPW
1945 - Dodge D 3/4 APT
1962 - Bianchi MT61
1965 - Fiat AR59 + Biga 1/4 Ton.
1973 - Fiat CM52
1983 - Fiat AR76/A
1971 - Fiat CP70 (in fase di restauro)
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Post by ragno » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:07 am

Auguri di buon Natale a tutti,e già' che ci sono mi porto avanti con….. felice anno nuovo :D !!!
ciaoooo Ragno

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Re: Buone Feste!

Post by Geo52 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:24 pm

Come Roberto, spero anch'io di farla franca con " l'autobus ". :D
Un Augurio di "Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo" a tutti gli Appassionati.

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Re: Buone Feste!

Post by pioesse » Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:27 am

Auguri di Buone Feste a tutti anche da parte mia.

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