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(The Mercury)   When is a wheelchair not a wheelchair? WHEN IT'S A FREAKIN' TANK   (themercury.com.au) divider line 70
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2011-01-21 12:29:46 AM
That's not a tank!

I don't see any weapons mounted to it, nor is there a little midget gunner sitting on top of it rotating the gun and picking off people!
 
2011-01-21 12:31:33 AM
If you have to use the road because it doesn't fit on the sidewalk, it's a vehicle. Just put that farker in the back of the van and get in already.
 
2011-01-21 12:36:24 AM
That's not a tank...

www.our-kerala.com

That's a tank.
 
2011-01-21 12:52:36 AM
So by putting tracks where the tires would be it becomes a tank?
 
2011-01-21 12:54:22 AM
I'm so getting one when I'm in the retirement home.
 
2011-01-21 12:56:05 AM
scifiwire.com
 
2011-01-21 12:56:39 AM
I know this is a repeat, I can't find the link to save my soul...
 
2011-01-21 12:58:43 AM
Awesome.
 
2011-01-21 12:59:58 AM
GOOD GOD, IT'S AN UNSTOPPABLE KILLING MACHINE!
 
2011-01-21 01:00:05 AM
Good on him...

I read things like that (well, maybe not quite like *THAT* and I think about what I'd do once my body decides to say fark you. I do realize it's approaching eventually.

My power-equipment and robotics experience as a mostly healthy person is a good warmup.

Seriously. If your spine betrayed you, would you want some sort of wimpy bike wheels to wheeze around in, or Rommel's own wet dream?
 
2011-01-21 01:00:31 AM

zulius: I know this is a repeat, I can't find the link to save my soul...


I know there was a thread on "There, I fixed it" about these chairs.
You ever drop by there ?
 
2011-01-21 01:02:48 AM
Not only done already, but done better.

Link (new window)
 
2011-01-21 01:06:51 AM
Johnny 5 is alive!
 
2011-01-21 01:07:32 AM
A few representative tank chair pics (pops like a sabot)
 
2011-01-21 01:07:45 AM
The whole article was confusing to me, because they kept using metric units and pounds instead of dollars, and talking about British authorities, while the man in the picture is CLEARLY from either the American south or California's central valley.

Also the quotes from him seemed to be proper english, instead of hickese.

I don't even.
 
2011-01-21 01:13:14 AM
Yeah,but how many cases of beer can they carry,c'mon folks,we need to know such technical specifications.
 
2011-01-21 01:18:00 AM

maxheck: Good on him...

I read things like that (well, maybe not quite like *THAT* and I think about what I'd do once my body decides to say fark you. I do realize it's approaching eventually.

My power-equipment and robotics experience as a mostly healthy person is a good warmup.

Seriously. If your spine betrayed you, would you want some sort of wimpy bike wheels to wheeze around in, or Rommel's own wet dream?


No, I'd want an exoskeleton and they are already being used in the military.
 
2011-01-21 01:18:51 AM
Or maybe just fund stem cell research so we can fix spines already
 
2011-01-21 01:20:29 AM
Dude is obviously compensating for a small penis.

Also, just get a damned Hoveround.
 
2011-01-21 01:20:54 AM

Eagle747: Or maybe just fund stem cell research so we can fix spines already


BUT JESUS, AND FETUSES, AND JESUS FETUSES, and whatnot.
 
2011-01-21 01:21:29 AM

Mock26: Dude is obviously compensating for a small penis.

Also, just get a damned Hoveround.


...and put tank treads on it, right?
 
2011-01-21 01:24:33 AM
When it's two working legs?
 
2011-01-21 01:25:29 AM
Um.... my wheelchair it a tank, your argument is invalid?

♫ Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Tankchair! Tankchair, Tankchair, Tankchair! ♫
 
2011-01-21 01:28:33 AM
Before you start feeling sorry for Jimmy, you need to know the whole story (new window).
 
2011-01-21 01:34:51 AM
God damn it England, stop sucking so much. Seriously, your giving our politician critters ideas.
 
2011-01-21 01:41:08 AM

Frantic Freddie: Yeah,but how many cases of beer can they carry,c'mon folks,we need to know such technical specifications.


I didn't see any cupholders or ashtrays, either.
 
2011-01-21 01:42:49 AM
Dude seems to be able to get along fine with just his canes.
 
2011-01-21 01:43:24 AM
img.photobucket.com

Jimmy seems to be able to get along fine with just his canes.
 
2011-01-21 01:48:50 AM
gordon.zakadum.ru
 
2011-01-21 01:54:40 AM
It doesn't look like a tank at all. A tank is an armoured fighting vehicle and this has no armour or weapons. At best it's a modified snow blower.
 
2011-01-21 01:56:18 AM
farm5.static.flickr.com

Needs chainguns. Or preferably a hard-mounted Barrett .50-cal.
 
2011-01-21 02:13:45 AM
"Jim Starr, 36, was told by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DLVA) he cannot ride his specially-made chair, which has caterpillar-treads instead of wheels, because its size and width technically make it a tank."

Did they really say that Mr. Reporter guy?
 
2011-01-21 02:21:18 AM
What a tank chair might look like:

cdn1.iofferphoto.com
 
2011-01-21 02:51:11 AM
Initially thought someone was being a moron. Turns out he just needs fenders. Big deal get the fenders and get on with living life.
Slow news day down under- you'd think the flooding would keep their interest somehow . . .
 
2011-01-21 02:51:21 AM
Ng unavailable for comment, but please enjoy your stay at Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong.
 
2011-01-21 02:53:17 AM
Here's another one -- a great group that helps folks get out and about.

Disabled Explorers (new window)
 
2011-01-21 02:56:46 AM
Jim Starr's a great guy and pal of mine, and let's put it this way: He's got a healthy disrespect for authority.
 
2011-01-21 03:08:03 AM
Came for the Lori Petty, leaving very satisfied...
 
2011-01-21 03:08:33 AM
8millionstories.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-01-21 04:36:21 AM
Slightly more informative version here (new window).

A disabled man who hoped to use a tank track wheelchair to enjoy the countryside has been told that he is not allowed to use it on public land without registering it and upgrading his driving licence.

Jim Starr, 36, has been told that he can't use the specially made chair on anything other than private land as it is 8.6 inches too wide and 15.7 stones too heavy for use on the roads or pavements.

Instead he must apply for a category H driving licence - the licence intended for people to drive track-laying vehicles, such as tanks, on public roads.


So he can use it, he just has to get the right licence just like everybody else. And it's not "classed as a tank", it's classed as a "track laying vehicle". I guess "such as tanks those mini diggers the gas/water/electricity companies use to dig up roads" doesn't sound quite as outrageous though.
 
2011-01-21 04:51:34 AM

Oznog: Needs chainguns. Or preferably a hard-mounted Barrett .50-cal.


That is SO farking awesome! Can I get one for a PS3?
 
2011-01-21 05:20:24 AM

Scaryduck: He's got a healthy disrespect for authority.


Does that translate as "this is a wholly resolvable and largely self-inflicted 'problem'"? .
 
2011-01-21 05:52:45 AM
www.mgsystemworks.com
 
2011-01-21 06:37:40 AM

Snowflake Tubbybottom: Not only done already, but done better.

Link (new window)


RECALCULATING!

Ha.
 
2011-01-21 06:40:40 AM
This is why Hitler bombing england wasn't such a bad idea.

/hitler didn't go full hitler...........
 
2011-01-21 06:44:22 AM
FTA: "It is a fantastic machine and can take me anywhere I want to go. It has no limits."

Um, yeah... about that... It doesn't look like it can float, so no go on the "50 yards out into the ocean" idea, right?
 
2011-01-21 07:53:28 AM
Psssssssssssssssssst:
Tankchair.net: Tank-chair-gallery (new window)
 
2011-01-21 07:56:59 AM

HotSalsaZoot: This is why Hitler bombing england wasn't such a bad idea.

/hitler didn't go full hitler...........


Nice to see a proportional response to petty bureaucracy.
 
2011-01-21 08:08:50 AM

maxheck: Good on him...

I read things like that (well, maybe not quite like *THAT* and I think about what I'd do once my body decides to say fark you. I do realize it's approaching eventually.

My power-equipment and robotics experience as a mostly healthy person is a good warmup.

Seriously. If your spine betrayed you, would you want some sort of wimpy bike wheels to wheeze around in, or Rommel's own wet dream?


Bingo. My spine is going downhill fast and I've gotten to the point where, at 29 no less, I'm going to need to use a cane to walk on a daily basis.

A cane? Fark that. I'm getting a freakin' wizard's staff.

Figure that if I'm gonna be a cripple, I'm gonna be a farking AWESOME cripple.
 
2011-01-21 08:27:03 AM
Let's do a comparison.

His wheelchair:
www.themercury.com.au

A tank:
www.kwsurplus.comcivilianmilitaryintelligencegroup.com

There's some minor differences. First, the big ol' GUN on top. Second, the ARMOR. I know the treads are similar, but unless it can destroy part of a building, it's no tank.
 
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