Tanks-alot allows interested parties to visit the farm and try their hand at driving military vehicles. In fact, it’s even possible to hire a tank limousine in which to explore London in style. Recently, however, Mead came up with another idea to boost his business.
While browsing eBay, Mead discovered a special tank for sale. Apparently, it was a Russian T-54 design built by the Chinese – and it would make the perfect addition to his collection, which already included two other Russian tanks. “I saw it advertised and I had this idea of doing a From Russia With Love experience, where people would come and drive three Russian tanks,” he explained in an April 2017 interview with the Daily Mail.
As a result, Mead contacted the tank’s 23-year-old owner, Joe Hewes, and eventually the pair hashed out a deal. Mead handed over a £30,000 ($39,000) Abbott self-propelled gun and an army truck to Hewes. And in return he became the new owner of the tank, which is thought to have been manufactured in the 1980s.