A lot of people have different passions and like to build collections, but for Nick Mead, 55 old, this thing is special: he collects and likes restore tanks ! He, owner of Tanks A Lot Ltd driving events company in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, has a collection of 150 military vehicles. Even more, he regularly drives his sons to school in one of his tanks. (Wow !)
His latest piece of collection, a Russian T54/69 he brought for £30,000 on eBay was very special. Nick Meadnwas shocked to discover a gold bullion worth £2million in the fuel tank of the tank he was restoring. There were five gold bars weighing up to 12lb - 5kg - apiece. Together with mechanic Todd Chamberlain they filmed the prising open the diesel tank in case it contained munitions, but it was gold. “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police,” he said to media. The tank restorers believe the gold was looted by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Two officers from Northamptonshire Police took the bars away for investigation and handed him a receipt. “Even if I don't get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank,” Nick said. He bought his first armoured vehicle, a FV433 Abbot for £1750, more than 20 years ago. Sons Ashley, 13 and Danny, 16, have been driving tanks on their father's private farm since they were eight.