Two Oregon Teenagers Hire a Battle Tank to Make a Grand Entry at Prom
Ah, prom season! A time when teens are more concerned about their outfits and dates than their grades. However, for Sherman Bynum, a high school junior from Portland, Oregon, the focus was on something way more epic—arriving at prom in a battle tank! Yep, you read that right. A freaking tank! Not just any tank though, an M3A1 World War II military tank, to be precise, as per KPTV. Now that's how you make an entrance. Move over, limos, tanks are the new prom ride!
Sherman Bynum had a vision. A vision of arriving at prom in a tank. And as fate would have it, he found a man named Steve Greenberg who just happened to have a tank lying around, and would rent it out for a grand. Now, that's a huge rental fee, but when you want to make an entrance, you gotta pay the price.
Wait, there's more. The school actually set up a special parking lot for students to "arrive in style" at the Portland Art Museum. What could be more stylish than a tank? Not much, that's for sure! So, Sherman roped in his bud, Sam Tetro, and they started collecting cash to make this dream come true.
Bynum and his friend Sam Tetro started to gather the required amount. They took to GoFundMe, the popular crowdfunding website, where they were able to raise around $600 over and above their goal, raising $1,675 in total. They also assured the public that the act was "perfectly legal" and "the tank would be safely within road limits."
The two boys also hired a man who would play flaming bagpipes on a unicycle to give their entrance an epic background score and the soundtrack of choice was "Star Wars," according to the publication.
"I never thought he'd pull it off and here we are," Sherman's mom told FOX 59.
As per KOIN, Bynum said, "I made some phone calls to a group in Minnesota that rents battle tanks out for you to select for builders and stuff. They were like $20,000, you know, and what's happening? And so we called the museum in Oregon. They didn't have anything but they got us in contact with a guy. Talk[ed] to the guy. Within about 15 minutes, we had a deal worked out," he said. "The price tag is $1,000. And so we decided to turn a GoFundMe by the end of the night. When that GoFundMe [was] posted, we had about 570 bucks. We'd reached the next goal within the next few days."
Bynum, Tetro, and Bynum's date Mycah all rolled up to the venue to much fanfare. What a core memory to have, eh?