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'Rural James Bond' Completely Submerges Old Range Rover While Driving Through Pond

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'Rural James Bond' Completely Submerges Old Range Rover While Driving Through Pond

A scrapman decided to turn himself into a sort of 'rural James Bond' by converting an old Range Rover into a 'submarine' and driving straight through a pond, fully submerged. It's a pretty strange thing to do, but check out the video below to see him achieve his goal.

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The plan started out when Nathan Gibbons and his two mates - Andrew Tuffs and Blake Capuano - accidentally drowned out the engine of the 1987 Range Rover Classic and decided to make it amphibious.

The 34-year-old attached an extra-long exhaust pipe to the car before taking it through an eight-foot deep pond.

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He had to hold his breath, because he decided to do it with the windows open so that he could get out, but the 34-year-old did eventually emerge from the pond in Mansfield successfully.

At one stage, the only bit of the car that could be seen was the snorkel, sticking out of the top the pond.

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Credit: Kennedy News & Media

After achieving his feat, he shared a clip of it on Facebook - where it has been viewed 800,000 - and has said he feels like Roger Moore from The Spy Who Loved Me.

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In that film, Moore's James Bond drove a Lotus Esprit that went underwater.

Nathan, from Chesterfield, said: : "It only took five minutes with a drain pipe and duct tape to extend the snorkel. It already had one on there but we wanted to make it taller so it could go right under.

"I wasn't nervous at all - it didn't really bother me. I just said, right I'm going. I held my breath, put my hand over my mouth and nose and I had my eyes shut.

"It didn't really feel like the car was moving. I could just feel the rumbling that it was still running. 15 seconds feels like a long time when you're underwater.

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"For that 15 seconds you feel like you're in that James Bond car. It's like a submarine, but because there's holes in the bottom and the windows are open, the water comes in as quick as you're driving."

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Credit: Kennedy News & Media

"I did it loads of times. We were going to go deeper, but I'm glad I didn't because I wouldn't be able to hold my breath.

"Blake had to bail the first time we did it and I nearly did because when I went to hold my breath I did it too early, but when I felt the front end lift that was it, I thought 'we're on our way out'.

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"I was pretty proud of it. It was just something we wanted to do as a few mates. I can't believe how crazy it's been on the internet. I've had friend requests from all around the world.

"The idea came after we were driving down the River Doe Lea in April and they'd dredged it out where they'd built a new bridge, so when it got to this deep part it went straight down and filled the engine with water.

"It took us two hours to get it out, so I thought 'right, when the weather picks up the next plan is to go fully submerged'. It was nice at the weekend so we drove down.

"I've seen videos and every time they do it, they either break down or don't go deep enough but I wanted to get it fully under."

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Credit: Kennedy News & Media
Credit: Kennedy News & Media

Now, he's planning for some more madcap schemes.

He explained: "We're always doing daft stuff. The next plan is to get some pipes so we can actually breathe and then do the full length of the pond. I'd do it today.

"We've got to repair the Range Rover first, but we've got a little Smart car and we're on about making it do a jump in the water."

Look forward to seeing that one.

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News & Media

Topics: UK News, TV and Film, Weird, Cars

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