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AtW
23rd February 2011, 21:36
Residents in a quiet village are embroiled in an extraordinary neighbourhood row after a military enthusiast bought a £10,000 tank and parked it outside his home.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01833/tank_1833147c.jpg

The huge green tanklike crane, designed to carry out battlefield repairs, has been sitting in a lay-by since new owner Nicholas Kravchenko drove it there last week.

Residents living in the normally tranquil area of Wolvercote, near Oxford, Oxon, have branded the machine an ''eyesore''.

Police have now been called in to settle the "neighbourhood dispute" amid claims the £10,000 tank was intimidating locals.

The enthusiast bought the former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) armoured vehicle second-hand to drive it for his own pleasure to display it at shows and charity events.

Mr Kravchenko, a retired army engineer, is now refusing to move the four-tonne camouflaged vehicle, which came complete with caterpillar tracks and take up three-and-a-half normal parking spaces.

''I can go out and drive it any time I like. There's no law to stop anyone having 10 tanks," he said.

''The council have not said it's anti-social and the police would have been straight on to me if it was parked illegally.

''It's not intimidating, because it's a square box with a Rolls-Royce engine in it and it doesn't stick out in the road.''

Mr Kravchenko, who calls himself "Tank Man", claimed he was the victim.

"I'm fed up with it," he said.

"I can go out and drive it any time I like. There's no law to stop anyone having 10 tanks.

Source: Police called to settle extraordinary village 'tank' row - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8343172/Police-called-to-settle-extraordinary-village-tank-row.html)

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I guess I'll just have to settle for a replica :eyes

http://www.mark-1-tank.co.uk/jpgs/tiger-1-3030b.jpg

Source: Radio Controlled Model Tanks - M1A1 Abrams, T90, T34, Panther, Jagdpanther,Tiger 1, King Tiger, M4 Sherman Howitzer, Sherman Firefly, Joseph Stalin 2, Leopard 2 (http://www.mark-1-tank.co.uk/)

CheeseSlice
23rd February 2011, 22:55
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01833/tank_1833147c.jpg

The huge green tanklike crane, designed to carry out battlefield repairs

Looks more like it was designed to lay block driveways!

clever tank thing :rolleyes:

TimberWolf
23rd February 2011, 23:05
Some tank. It hasn't got a big gun, just a big arm.

AtW
23rd February 2011, 23:07
It's a light armoured vehicle ffs, not a tank - neighbours should be grateful that guy can't afford something proper like this:

http://www.amazing-planet.net/slike/maus/german_tank_maus_04.jpg

:smokin

amcdonald
23rd February 2011, 23:12
I blame Kenny Everett, if hadn't used to tanks to grab parking spaces in sketches it wouldn't have caught on as a concept so well

VectraMan
24th February 2011, 01:19
Mr Kravchenko, a retired army engineer, is now refusing to move the four-tonne camouflaged vehicle

Rubbish camoulfalge if people are calling it an eyesore.

EternalOptimist
24th February 2011, 03:02
It looks like a recovery vehicle, a sort of AA or RAC for the army. It takes a lot of skill and power to get a 60 ton tank out of a ditch or a bog

REME guys are famous for having workshops on wheels, with fridges. with beer. So they become to most popular guys in the universe when on exercise, esp in the summer.

As they get to fix things, they also get to 'aquire' bits of spare kit. We were attacked one night by some paras (iirc) and they couldnt get near our perimeter and they were baffled, but we had about ten times the complement of night vision kit and zebedee portable radars than a company of infantry.

The main problem for the neighbours is if this thing breaks down, or gets set on fire by yobs. Lets face it, if he doesnt pay his road tax, it would be a classic to see the plod trying to tow the bastid away



:rolleyes:

SueEllen
24th February 2011, 06:46
Residents in a quiet village are embroiled in an extraordinary neighbourhood row after a military enthusiast bought a £10,000 tank and parked it outside his home.

Wish my neighbours where as interesting.

Wilmslow
24th February 2011, 07:27
Wish my neighbours where as interesting.

Try living opposite wannabe mafia looney, and sharing a boundary with a vitriolic wench from hell who enjoys spreading slander and throwing garden rubbish at the cat over your back fence!

I am tempted to get an old army landrover though - got happy memories of those from my TA days. Would be complete with SA-80 in the boot, so no messing.....

Pogle
24th February 2011, 08:24
Wish my neighbours where as interesting.

:laugh

SueEllen
24th February 2011, 08:56
Try living opposite wannabe mafia looney, and sharing a boundary with a vitriolic wench from hell who enjoys spreading slander and throwing garden rubbish at the cat over your back fence!

Two of my neighbours have attempted to beat each other up on more than one occasion. I've stopped it.

And one of them likes throwing random bits of rubbish around. I wish it was at the neighbourhood cats because then they would have a logical reason for doing it...............

jmo21
24th February 2011, 11:29
Another woman, who did not want to be named, feared her neighbour would leave it there permanently.
''It's an eyesore and is upsetting and scares the little kids," she said.
"One toddler asked her mum if we were in a war. It's not right."

FFS!!!!

What a lot of shite! I'm pretty sure every kid in the street loves it being there!

dang65
24th February 2011, 12:43
''I can go out and drive it any time I like. There's no law to stop anyone having 10 tanks," said Mr Hitler.
:mad

OwlHoot
24th February 2011, 12:44
It's a light armoured vehicle ffs, not a tank - neighbours should be grateful that guy can't afford something proper like this:

http://www.amazing-planet.net/slike/maus/german_tank_maus_04.jpg

:smokin

(invisible image)

What's that? The new stealth model?

Seriously, I thought there were restrictions on driving tracked vehicles on public highways, on account of their tendency to chew the road to ribbons.

Churchill
24th February 2011, 13:01
(invisible image)

What's that? The new stealth model?

Seriously, I thought there were restrictions on driving tracked vehicles on public highways, on account of their tendency to chew the road to ribbons.

Depends what shoes you're wearing.

Looking at the picture he's wearing the right ones.

Have a closer look you'll see solid rubber blocks on the tracks.

SimonMac
24th February 2011, 13:07
My neighbours got busted again for growing weed in the house, they are proper chavvy ingrates but at least they are really chilled out most of the time

SimonMac
24th February 2011, 13:11
The main problem for the neighbours is if this thing breaks down, or gets set on fire by yobs. Lets face it, if he doesnt pay his road tax, it would be a classic to see the plod trying to tow the bastid away

:rolleyes:

Its Pre-1972 so would be tax exempt (o:

Churchill
24th February 2011, 13:11
Its Pre-1972 so would be tax exempt (o:

Still needs a Tax Disc.

SueEllen
24th February 2011, 13:13
Still needs a Tax Disc.

Where do you put one on that vehicle?

Churchill
24th February 2011, 13:15
Where do you put one on that vehicle?

Where the relevant authorities can see it, of course. Women, eh?

Put the kettle on, there's a good girl.

suityou01
24th February 2011, 13:15
I'm going to the beer festival with my neighbour.

minestrone
24th February 2011, 13:25
At least he is not pretending to be an army doctor or a pilot and grooming ladies on internet forums.

Spacecadet
24th February 2011, 13:28
Someone had an Armoured car parked up near where I used to live in Manchester.

It got moved eventually though
Armoured car suicide horror | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk (http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/13196_armoured_car_suicide_horror)

AtW
24th February 2011, 13:54
Where do you put one on that vehicle?

Bottom left corner...

AtW
24th February 2011, 13:58
Someone had an Armoured car parked up near where I used to live in Manchester.

It got moved eventually though
Armoured car suicide horror | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk (http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/13196_armoured_car_suicide_horror)

It's much better than that guy who put a rope over his neck, tied it to lamp post and drove off :sick

AtW
24th February 2011, 13:58
I'm going to the beer festival with my neighbour.

:eyes

suityou01
24th February 2011, 14:00
:eyes

What?

This is a great triumph for me. He's the neighbour that fell out with me as my cats poo in his garden.

This is progress.

Wilmslow