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Rare Nashorn confirmed for Militracks 2020

Photo: Photo: Facebook / Nashorn SD KFZ 164 restoration

 

Militracks has welcomed the news that a rare Nashorn tank hunter damaged in a fire last year will be at the event.

The Nashorn suffered significant damage in the fire Photo: Supplied

Military historians and classic military vehicle enthusiasts were shocked at hearing the news that the Nashorn, which had been undergoing restoration in the Netherlands, had been involved in the fire on March 10, 2019. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Luckily a neighbour saw the fire while walking his dog and immediately alerted the fire department. Thanks to his actions, the Nashorn was saved, even though it suffered heavy  damage. Sadly, a lot of spare parts which had taken years to acquire were lost.

The Nashorn suffered significant damage in the fire Photo: Supplied

After the fire the restoration team wanted to get the project back on track as quickly as possible and a crowdfunding project was started. They also reached out to other collectors for spares. Some responded and offered help, while further funds were raised when the damaged vehicle was taken to to Militracks last year.

The team said the restoration work was progressing well and they were now back at about the same point just before the fire. The team has spent years rebuilding the Nashorn, having started collecting parts in early 2015. Most parts were found near the Kaliningrad area in Russia.

The Nashorn (German “rhinoceros”) was a tank destroyer of World War Two. It was developed as an interim solution in 1942 and made its debut during the Battle of Kursk in 1943, where it performed well.

There are two Nashorns on display in military museums: one in the United States and one at the Patriot Park military museum in Moscow. The vehicle coming to Militracks is owned privately.

Militracks showcases a variety of German motorcycles, passenger cars, trucks, half-tracks and tanks that were predominantly in the service of the Wehrmacht during World War Two. The vehicles are not just set up in static displays but are driven around a special kilometre-and-a-half trail and it is possible for visitors to ride along. Tickets for rides can be bought at the event.

Pre-ordering entry tickets is possible but only online. Remaining tickets will be sold at the entrance during the event. In case the event is sold out, it will reported on the website. For more information visit the website.

 

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