T'anks for the memories.

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© Suzanne McGeady
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What do you buy as a 50th birthday present for a man who has everything? A gold watch? A sports car? Try 50 tonnes of sheer grunt and metal in the form of an ex-Vietnam War Centurion tank. On our motorcycle trip last year we had lunch at a historic pub in the tiny township of Ross. After replenishing our ever expanding girths a call went up to come outside for a photo shoot. Under the verandah we lined up. Minutes later a rumbling could be heard in the distance. Weather looked a bit suspect, so could possibly be thunder. The noise became louder and a 50 tonne, fully fledged 1953 Mark V Centurion gatecrashed our gathering! A former Australian Army tank with an illustrious history, from service in south Vietnam in 1968 to the filming of the Hollywood film, Courage Under Fire, it was given by the wife of the owner as a surprise birthday present.
As my husband plans our group trips away he had arranged for the appearance of the tank to come rolling along the road. It pays to know people in old stamping grounds!
We had such fun crawling all over and in it. And many photos were taken, as you can see. One of our birthday 'boys' was given a special treat and rode in it all the way back to its garage. He checked it off his Bucket List.
And yes, there was a serious side, I thought of my Dad, as he was in the 18th Battalion Commandos and Tanks during World War II. And got blown out of them twice. Made you think of his time fighting for the good of all.

24 responses

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Wow, very powerful Sue and you have my vote!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    This is a wonderful shot, Sue, and a most interesting narrative. I was an armor officer in the U.S. Army (1970-73) and commanded a platoon of five M-60 tanks and 20 men. The tanks were larger than the Centurion, but not much. I can appreciate the thrills and excitement. Thanks for the memories!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Great shot and great story -- voted!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Also, thanks ("t'anks") to your dad for his service!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    A great shot and entry Suzanne and a good history lesson. Thank you to your dad as well.

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    This is great,,it looks like you had a very original and good time..love the entry, my vote

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    A wonderful story and great shot, Sue! Well done

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (11 Oct 2010):

    Excellent entry! And great back story!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    Wow....Sue. Love the story as much as the shot. Super entry.

  • Christopher Shepard

    Christopher Shepard gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    Great story! and sweet capture.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    Bas A$$....great shot..what an experience....

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    excellent capture! voted

  • Roderick Cruz

    Roderick Cruz said (19 Oct 2010):

    wow... amazing story.. and nice photo :-) nice capture :-)

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (20 Oct 2010):

    Well done..voted

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    Wow! This is so unique and wonderful! A great composition and narrative. A fabulous entry, Sue! voted.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (25 Nov 2010):

    Wow - I love this entry!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (25 Nov 2010):

    BTV!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Love it, got my vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (8 Jan 2011):

    I love it!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    Excellent shot and entry!! Voted!!

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