WHEELS & TRACKS No. 6

I won’t wright many words it would be an insult to Mr. Vanderveen, just enjoy his love to these vehicles. 

Throwback to the early years when the legendary Bart H. Vanderveen visited us (and the Iron Curtain still existed for another 10 years :D ). He was one of the most influencing historians about military vehicles. My father is still collecting according to his books to complete his collection. He always mentions that these are the holy grail/ the bible if you want to know which vehicle/type it actually is. Here Bart wrote an article for his Wheels & Tracks magazine No. 6:

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Almost 40 years later we are still thankful for your great and lovely article about our collection! 

Keep smiling!

One year ago I was on a movieset in Vienna and it turned out to be a very special day. Apparently not only for me...!

I was preparing our Dodge WC57 Command Reconnaissance and myself to be ready for action. I didn't notice that a father and his children have been staring with wide eyes on the car. After a while the father asked if it is okay to take pictures from the car and me - very politely! I was wearing an U.S. Military Police uniform for the shot already. Of course I didn't had a problem, so I took the boys that they were on the pictures too. I felt how happy the boys were, so I decided to look on my watch if there is a little time left before the action starts. After that I asked if they want to sit in the car. Their smile got even bigger. So I helped the father with his one son to get into the car because he was sitting in a wheelchair. The father was taking further pictures and my heart felt that I have to make an unforgettable day for them. Therefore I went to the driver seat and asked the father if it is okey to take them for a small ride!

I can tell you there is no better feeling to bring joy in the eyes of children. They enjoyed the small ride and we couldn't stop smiling. I think it is a very hard fate to sit in a wheelchair, especially at that age. In my mind it is a duty to do good things for people with impairments.

Finally I invited them to our museum, hopefully one day they come and I can give another smile! 

 The children and me in the U.S. uniform. 

The children and me in the U.S. uniform. 

 Keep smiling!  

Keep smiling!  

Die Kinder der Villa Emma - Free TV premiere

On March 23rd 2016 a project that I really liked will be broadcasted for the first time in free TV on ORF2. The movie is called "the children of Villa Emma". It is a true story and took us to very beautiful locations in Austria, Slovenia and Italy. Especially it was an honour to drive our vehicles in the region of Modena (Italy) the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and my favourite car manufacturer Pagani. Furthermore we have been welcomed also very nicely in a small hilly region of Slovenia and in the city center of Ljubljana. 

We used several German cars like the Opel Blitz, Steyr 1500A, Mercedes-Benz L3000, Phänomen 1500A, VW Typ 82 "Kübelwagen" and our Russian ZIS 5 as well. As you can see in the pictures below our main site of the film in Italy was a very old, huge and stunning horse breeding ranch. 

"Die Kinder der Villa Emma" was a group of Jewish children which tried to flee from the Nazis in 1941. Their existential adventure took them from Austria via Slovenia to the "Villa Emma" in Nonantola, Italy. 

 ZIS 5 in Slovenia

ZIS 5 in Slovenia

 Opel Blitz and ZIS 5 rear view

Opel Blitz and ZIS 5 rear view

 Opel Blitz in front o an old farm in Slovenia

Opel Blitz in front o an old farm in Slovenia

 awesome view from the farm

awesome view from the farm

 another old farm by night

another old farm by night

 another old farm by night and our Opel Blitz

another old farm by night and our Opel Blitz

 stunning hilly side in Slovenia

stunning hilly side in Slovenia

 vineyard in Slovenia 

vineyard in Slovenia 

 our cars in Nonantola

our cars in Nonantola

 VW type 83 "Kübelwagen, Steyr 1500A and Phänomen 1500A

VW type 83 "Kübelwagen, Steyr 1500A and Phänomen 1500A

 VW type 83 "Kübelwagen, Steyr 1500A and Phänomen 1500A rear view

VW type 83 "Kübelwagen, Steyr 1500A and Phänomen 1500A rear view

 Steyr 1500A and the sunset

Steyr 1500A and the sunset

 Steyr 1500A and the sunset

Steyr 1500A and the sunset

 "Kübelwagen", Steyr 1500A in front of the sunset  

"Kübelwagen", Steyr 1500A in front of the sunset  

  "Kübelwagen", Steyr 1500A in front of the sunset  

 "Kübelwagen", Steyr 1500A in front of the sunset  

 Main building of the horse breeding mension

Main building of the horse breeding mension

 stairs in the main building

stairs in the main building

 side view of the main building

side view of the main building

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch - stables

horse breeding ranch - stables

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch - stables

horse breeding ranch - stables

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch - cellar

horse breeding ranch - cellar

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch

horse breeding ranch

 horse breeding ranch - stables

horse breeding ranch - stables

 inside of the stables

inside of the stables

 horse breeding ranch - stables

horse breeding ranch - stables

 hay storage

hay storage

 another building on the ranch

another building on the ranch

 another building on the ranch

another building on the ranch

 ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

 ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

 ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

ZIS 5 in Lubljanas city center

Hope you enjoyed our pictures! Please like our new Facebook page too: www.facebook.com/militarymuseum.at

Source: http://www.graffilm.com/de/filme/14-die_ki...

Maikäfer flieg - Cinema premiere

On March 11th 2016 an Austrian production called "Maikäfer flieg" autobiographical written by novel author Christine Nöstlinger celebrates its theatre premiere in Graz. And two days later in the Viennese Gartenbaukino. 

We made this movie last Summer in South Tyrol and Vienna with Russian and Austrian/Russian vehicles like the ZIS 5, GAZ 67 "Chapaev" , Studebaker US6 (lend and lease) and Steyr 1500A

Here you can watch the trailer with some of our cars (German):

We will add it to our REFERANCES area as soon as possible.  

The story takes place when the Russians came to Vienna in 1945. A 10-year old girl doesn't know a life without war, and the whole family fears the comming invaders...

 Our Russian vehicles for the movie

Our Russian vehicles for the movie

 Russian GAZ limousine

Russian GAZ limousine

 The vehicles in front of the incredible beautiful movie mansion

The vehicles in front of the incredible beautiful movie mansion

 Black and white photography of our GAZ cars

Black and white photography of our GAZ cars

 Thank god a pause!  The shooting days have been really hot, almost 40 degree Celsius. 

Thank god a pause!  The shooting days have been really hot, almost 40 degree Celsius. 

 Studebaker US6 and the GAZ 67 "Chapaev" in the background  

Studebaker US6 and the GAZ 67 "Chapaev" in the background  

 Detail picture of the Studebakers typical straight mudguard 

Detail picture of the Studebakers typical straight mudguard 

 Studebaker US6

Studebaker US6

 Taking a selfie with the Russian "soldiers" 

Taking a selfie with the Russian "soldiers" 

 Steyr 1500A

Steyr 1500A

Source: http://www.filmfonds-wien.at/filme/maikaef...

Woman in Gold Blu-ray/DVD

I would like to promote our main summer project in June 2014. The movie took place in front of many famous buildings in Vienna like the Rathaus, Schloss Belvedere and other city center locations. In the leading role marvelous oscar-winning Helen Mirren is featured as Maria Altmann, beside the talents  of Ryan Reynold as her lawyer Randol Schoenberg, Katie Holmes and Germanys most famous actors Daniel Brühl and Moritz Bleibtreu. 

 Woman in Gold Poster   Source: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Gold-Ryan-Reynolds/dp/B00VU4YO7K

Woman in Gold Poster   Source: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Gold-Ryan-Reynolds/dp/B00VU4YO7K

The motion picture is about the history of Gustav Klimts most famous portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I or just "The Woman in Gold". It is less a anti-war movie than a historical drama about cultural goods based on a true story. The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was sold for US$ 135 Million to Ronald Lauder in 2006. 

 Portrait of Adele Bolch-Bauer I   Source: https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I#/media/Datei%3AGustav_Klimt_046.jpg

Portrait of Adele Bolch-Bauer I   Source: https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I#/media/Datei%3AGustav_Klimt_046.jpg

Here are some pictures of our vehicles in the film and during the making of. You find the Trailer in our REFERENCES area.

 Steyr 1500A at Burggasse

Steyr 1500A at Burggasse

 VW 82 Kübelwagen in the first district

VW 82 Kübelwagen in the first district

 Opel Blitz and Phänomen Granit 1500 in the Semperdepot

Opel Blitz and Phänomen Granit 1500 in the Semperdepot

 Opel Blitz in the Semperdepot

Opel Blitz in the Semperdepot

 Shooting in front of the Viennese city hall

Shooting in front of the Viennese city hall

 Steyr 1500A at the city hall entrance 

Steyr 1500A at the city hall entrance 

 Steyr 1500A inside the city hall

Steyr 1500A inside the city hall

 Watching the movie

Watching the movie

 Phänomen Granit 1500 in the movie

Phänomen Granit 1500 in the movie

 Parade infront of the Viennese city hall in the movie

Parade infront of the Viennese city hall in the movie

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Gold-Ryan-Reyn...

Kleine große Stimme - Free TV premiere

Today ORF2 (20:15) broadcasts the new Karl Merkatz movie about a small kid who wants to become a Sängerknabe for finding his father. 

You find the trailer in our REFERENCES area.  

 

 Picture during the shoot in front of the academy of fine arts (Vienna).  

Picture during the shoot in front of the academy of fine arts (Vienna).  

Altes Geld - Free TV premiere

I'm writing our first ever blog on occassion of last years project "Altes Geld" (Nicholas Ofczarek, Robert Palfrader, Ursula Strauss) . David Schalkos series about avarice and curroption was only availaible on German pay TV and video on demand. But ORF 1 will broadcast all 8 epsisodes starting tomorrow evening. (20:15, November 2nd 2015)

Live stream:

http://tvthek.orf.at/live/Altes-Geld-1-Folge-Buschtrommeln/10885894. 

 Waiting for "Action"

Waiting for "Action"

 One of the main characters movie car

One of the main characters movie car