As he tells Jay Leno on the latest bit on Jay Leno’s Garage, the 1951 M-47 Patton tank is actually the same one he learned to drive on, during his 1-year stint in the army. He received it as a gift and not a day goes by without him appreciating it for its beauty, its power and sheer awesomeness.
One thing Schwarzenegger likes to do with his tank is have kids who do well in school come over and drive it. Another is perhaps more childish but just as much fun: crushing stuff just for the heck of it.
He invites Leno for a ride and promises to crush everything that comes in their way. As it turns out, a Lincoln Town Car happens to be lying around (completely by chance… not), and Schwarzenegger proves the power of the tank by rolling over and crushing it completely. It’s a gratuitous gesture but it looks great on camera – and must’ve felt even better to experience it in person.
Even Leno is impressed, saying that riding in the Chrysler V12 twin turbo engine tank is like being in a video game. For a guy who’s no stranger to riding tanks (his own or the military’s), that’s saying a lot.
The entire amazing scene is included in the video at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! These 2 certainly did.