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RR Motor Services, Ashford, Kent, South East England, Britain

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Location Category ID: 3195
Added to Database: 14 August 2011
Last Edited: 19 August 2011
Address: Sandy Lane, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent TN26 1JN
Telephone: 01233 820219
Email: tankcity [at] globalnet.co.uk (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times:
Official Website: RR Motor Services
Other Links: Milweb – 16 Tanks Imported Into UK
Military Trader
MVCG France
Gun Boards – Finnish Auction
Latitude, Longitude: 51.13555778 , 0.80023437
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: M3 Stuart Light Tank - Länzlinger Collection, Rüthi, St. Gallen, Switzerland (Until 7 December 2009 – Reg EB11159)
2: M3 Stuart Light Tank - Marcus Glenn, Little Sutton, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Until ca2010)
3: M3A1 Stuart Light Tank - Marcus Glenn, Little Sutton, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Until ca2010)
4: M3A1 Stuart Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Until 2009 – Reg EB11549)
5: M3A1 Stuart Light Tank - Tanks in Town, Mesvin, Mons, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Until 2009 – Reg EB11547)


Since its launch as Rally Rescue Services in 1968, RR Services has supplied many collectors with military vehicles and equipment, perhaps more than any other UK dealer. Starting with the sale of Austin Champs, RR services moved onto Land-rovers and then through Jeeps, Dodges and GMCs to tanks, guns and rigs of every size. It has supplied vehicles and artillery from jeeps to tanks for many major films and TV productions, including Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. In the late 1970’s RR moved from London to larger premises near Ashford in Kent.
Mike Stallwood, the Managing Director of RR Services, is well known for buying and selling unusual vehicles, including the purchase of Sturmgeschütz assault guns from an auction in Finland in September 2007. He is best known for importing a large batch of sixteen M3 Stuart light tanks, and a large cache of associated spares, into England from Brazil in 2008-9. They were transported in containers by ship from Brazil to Tilbury (with an unplanned diversion to Antwerp). The majority of these have been sold; many have since been restored and can be seen in collections and at military vehicle events.

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October 2008

Mike Stallwood and his batch of Stuart tanks from Brazil
1: Mike Stallwood and his batch of Stuart tanks from Brazil

Taken: October 2008
Contributor: J. Blackman/Military Vehicle Photos
Location Photo ID: 515
Added: 17 August 2011
Views: 539
Has Priority: 0
    

 

Stuart spares
2: Stuart spares

Taken: 1 October 2008
Contributor: J. Blackman/Military Vehicle Photos
Location Photo ID: 516
Added: 17 August 2011
Views: 208
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Stuart spares
3: Stuart spares

Taken: 1 October 2008
Contributor: J. Blackman/Military Vehicle Photos
Location Photo ID: 517
Added: 17 August 2011
Views: 198
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Spare Stuart radial engine
4: Spare Stuart radial engine

Taken: 1 October 2008
Contributor: J. Blackman/Military Vehicle Photos
Location Photo ID: 518
Added: 17 August 2011
Views: 270
Has Priority: 0