A World War II veteran who came under enemy fire by German tanks in the 1940’s now has his own tank-like transportation – his wheelchair.
It had become tough for Peter Shaw to push his 96-year-old father’s wheelchair around the grounds of his Shropshire home in the UK, so he decided to invent something a little more hardcore.
With the help of locals who donated the materials and a local welder, Eddie Shaw’s son adapted a motorized wheelbarrow and a van seat to resemble an armored tank – complete with caterpillar tracks.
The all-terrain wheelchair took about 30 hours to build, and can reach speeds of up to 8 miles per hour.
The elder Shaw, who served as a Sergeant with 918 General Transport Company in the 8th British Army Division during World War II, told The Daily Mail, “It brings backs memories of the war. I came under fire from tanks but never got to drive one – now I finally can.”
Typical wheelchairs offer limited mobility on unstable terrain, but that’s no longer an issue for this father-son duo, who plan on test-driving the custom wheelchair on trips to the beach.
Until then, Eddie is happily cruising around the English countryside.
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