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for luke janquitto, collecting
vintage military vehicles is like eating
potato chips. “You can’t have just one,”
Indeed, Luke and his father, Dan,
both of Island Heights, have amassed a
collection of more than roughly 1,000
pieces, many of which are on display at
the new Military Technology Museum
of New Jersey ( mtmnj.com) at Camp
Evans in Wall Township.
In all, the museum has about 100
U.S. and foreign military vehicles,
spanning from World War II to the
Cold War. It also showcases New
Jersey’s contribution to wartime
manufacturing. “New Jersey was a
hotbed for everything needed for the
war effort,” says Dan Janquitto, who
started the collection in the 1960s
with a few purchases from military
The museum also rotates items on
loan from other collectors. “We search
out unusual vehicles that collectors
are willing to loan, as opposed to the
more standard vehicles that you see in
other museums,” says Dan.
The rarest item at the museum, the
AquaCheetah, is an early amphibi-
ous vehicle that never made it to the
manufacturing line; amphibious Jeeps
beat it to the punch. One of two proto-
types known to exist, it’s “equivalent
to a unicorn,” says Luke. Each vehicle
has its own story, he adds, such as the
World War II cargo truck with working
headlights that was used as a “glorified
lamp” in a production of South Pacific.
Through October, the museum is
open 1-5 PM Wednesday, Saturday and
Sunday. In the winter months, tours
are available by appointment.
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