Military Vehicles, June 1997,: [MV] MV 'Bill of Rights and Wrongs'

[MV] MV 'Bill of Rights and Wrongs'

David C. Decker (
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 15:08:41 -0700

For those who have kept up with the idea of creating some sort of list of
'Rights for MVs' or whatever, let's approach this with caution. It is my
personal belief that anyone can join the MVPA and also as Mr. Allen
pointed out, do anything to his vehicle as he sees fit. It might seem
prudent to have a guideline of sorts, but to include nothing that would
exclude anyone who owns, wants to own or has owned MVs.
Sure, if we all had our wish, we would have a big heated and air
conditioned fireproof barn with a complete machine shop, parts storage, a
brother-in-law to clean the dirty parts and a French maid to serve
drinks. (Wow, what a fantasy.)
Being realistic, I doubt that 2% of MV collectors have that. My 715 works
for a living hauling firewood, plowing snow, pulling trailers, etc. It
sits outside without a tarp. But I think Rob Kiser has a number of valid
points. The trick it would seem is to have it open for debate and maybe
we can reach common ground, a code of ethics for us to try to adhear to.
Rob's idea of an auction for vehicles has merit. How many MV owners out
there would rather see their vehicles go to another collector rather then
being auctioned to the public?
How about it, elected officials of the MVPA leadership, what do you'all
think about this discussion?
For the purpose of discussion and debate, how about we call this thread
'MV Code of Ethics' unless someone can come up with a better name.
As a stricly volunteer effort may I suggest the first item:

1) If a Military vehicle is original, leave it that way.

Remember that we all share the same great hobby, let's keep it civil and
not get carried away with insults or any of that cheap trivia.

Respectably submitted for discussion,

Dave Decker, MVPA member
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

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