October 17, 2007
Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Mark gets a no prize that looks intimidating but can't really speak English for bringing us news that a German company plans on producing WWII-era Tiger tanks. I think. The thing reads like a bad Google translation.

Hey Mark... your neighbors only thought it was a pain when people parked their boats on the street!

Posted by scott at October 17, 2007 08:12 AM

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Drive it into DC and see how that works with their asinine "no gun" rules.

Posted by: Ron on October 17, 2007 09:09 AM

After browning their pants, the DCPD would probably hand the decision (and prosecution) off to the feds. I'm pretty sure there are federal regulations covering armored vehicles that would require the owner disable everything, including its ability to move.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on October 17, 2007 09:57 AM

As such a vehicle wouldn't even be close to street-legal, in any jurisdiction in this country at any rate, it wouldn't get a block down the road before a local cop stopped it.

Which is why God gave us farms and ranches, on which private property one can tear around to one's heart's content.

Posted by: scott on October 17, 2007 10:25 AM

I think he could get a permit, if he wanted to. It'd have to be for a parade and he'd have to have the road wheels or track on that didn't damage the crappy streets any worse than say, squirrels running across them do now.

But, as none of us actually own farms or ranches, we're still out of luck.

Posted by: ron on October 17, 2007 10:39 AM

Actually Cindy's family DOES own a farm (As do Scott and mines)

Cindy's is a lot closer though (Up in Pen)

In London it's legal to drive the things thru town (With the right tracks on the things)

No way a Tank would hurt the DC Roads much (Soon you will need a tank just to crawl out of the potholes in some areas)

Posted by: jeff on October 17, 2007 11:27 AM

Hey Mark... your neighbors only thought it was a pain when people parked their boats on the street!

Yes, but with an 88mm cannon, who's going to complain?

Posted by: Mark on October 17, 2007 07:31 PM

In fact, private ownership of armored vehicles is indeed possible, even ones with functioning weapons.

There's a guy in Prince William County, VA, that has quite a collection of them...a couple of times a year he opens up his property to the public to keep his tax exempt status...I've been there--it's da bomb (so to speak)

Posted by: Mark on October 17, 2007 07:34 PM

If it has steel treads it'll tear the crap out of any roads it drives on.

The KILLDOZER guy would have loved to have one of these! (see Wikipedia for KILLDOZER)

Posted by: DensityDuck on October 17, 2007 08:07 PM

"The KILLDOZER guy would have loved to have one of these!"

Which is as good a reason for all the restrictions as any I can think of. Everyone would love to have one, but nobody wants the sociopath next door getting their hands on one.

As for tearing up the roads, it really depends more on whether the road is built to take the pressure, than the treads on the tank. Tank treads aren't spiked or ridged or anything; the weight of the tank creates all the friction it needs, even on ice, and any extra protruberances on the treads would be worn or broken off in short order. The military has detailed maps of every road in the US it's safe to drive a tank on, of course; whether enthusiastic tank pilots actually stick to them is another matter.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on October 18, 2007 08:56 AM

Have you seen DC roads? They're crap to start with (but better than NJ roads), so even though I get the feeling that squirrels crossing the roads there will tear them up, to be fair - even a tank couldn't make things worse...

Posted by: ron on October 18, 2007 09:11 AM
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