Car-crushing tanks for sale

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Last updated 05:00 12/02/2014
Tanks For Everything

Centurion Tank Car Crushing at Tanks For Everything

Jonathan Lahy-Neary
Daniel Tobin
PASSION: Jonathan Lahy-Neary hopes another tank enthusiast will buy his business.

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If you had your own tank you would never be stuck in traffic.

If you are in the market for such a time-saving vehicle, you're in luck.

Christchurch military attraction Tanks for Everything is selling up and everything must go.

Owner and UK import Jonathan Lahy-Neary started the business about eight years ago when days spent sitting in an office lost their lustre and his true passion called.

"I guess I am a tank enthusiast really," he says. "I always have been."

It took about a year to get organised, but eventually he started shipping in his own army.

The fleet boasts an ex-Australian Army Centurion Mark 5/1, a former Soviet Cold War-era T-55AM2 tank from the Czech Republic with auxiliary vehicles from the UK and New Zealand.

"We're not nutters or anything, we're just running a business and sharing our enthusiasm," he says.

"The first question people ask when they arrive is whether they can drive them. They can. The next question is whether they can fire them. They can't," Lahy-Neary says.

All the guns have been deactivated and the tanks are purely for driving and touring in - it's all about the tank experience.

When Lahy-Neary was setting up the business he spent some time in vehicle disposal yards in the UK.

"They honestly have just rows and rows of these tanks lined up to be sold," he says.

Because New Zealand doesn't have its own tank stash, he shipped them all over at significant cost and effort.

"They're huge, so while some fit in shipping containers, some required the roads to be closed," he says.

The 50-tonne Centurion can turn a car into a pancake in about 10 seconds - something else visitors have the chance to do.

However, despite his love of the business, the time has now come for Lahy-Neary to move on. Tanks for Everything is for sale as a package deal business.

It has been on the market for three months and he says if it isn't sold soon, he will sell the vehicles piecemeal if necessary.

"It is something unique and I will miss it," he says.

"I hope I sell to someone who loves it just as much."

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