My opportunity to drive and shoot a T62 tank yesterday was a ton of fun – but there is so much more to that vehicle – and everything Battlefield Vegas is doing with their motor pool – than we could cover in one video. Today, I’m taking a moment to talk with Steve, who led the restoration of this vehicle. BFV is one of the very few places in the world that will restore not just the drive train of a vehicle, but also the ancillary systems (night vision, targeting, etc) and also the main armament. The business model is based on people paying for the experience of driving and shooting, but what that funds is a truly awesome team of passionate restorers and mechanics. It is a wonderful symbiosis of keeping history alive and giving people access to it.
Steve and Dimitri and the rest of the crew have their own YouTube channel documenting much of their work on the vehicles – the real nuts and bolts that you will never see anywhere else. Check it out: