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The guys at Tank-A-Lot are probably the leading Tank Driving guys in the UK.
They have 95 tanks that can be taken on their off road tank driving course. They specialise in tank driving, corporate tank driving (not over your boss, although if you bung them a tenner they may let you drive a tank over his car)
Other than the tank driving experiences that are on offer from Tanks-A-Lot they can also arrange the use of a Tank for other activities you may require, how about a Tank Limo, or you may need a tank for a publicity event.
Tanks-A-Lot is in Helmdon, Northants, not too far away from Silverstone.
A Farmer in South Wales has moved from using crops to make his living to opening a Tank Driving School.
56 year old Alastair Scott from Monmouthshire has had to diversify his business after struggling to make money out of crops any longer. Instead he has started up his own Tank driving school where people can come and get to drive a real Russian T55-AM2 Tank.
The tank was brought over on a low loader from Poland and the great thing is no driving license is needed for guests to be able to have their own chance to drive the monster machine!
If the chance to drive a tank isn’t enough Mr Scott is now letting people do car crushing or even drive over a computer, sounds the perfect relief form a stressful week commuting to a job sat behind a desk to us!
The tank driving experiences are available from www.tankschool.co.uk
A Tank Thief in Budapest has been handed a 20 month suspended prison sentence after he started up and drove an antique tank that was used for public display.
The man wasn’t given both barrels by the judge who could have sent the man to prison, instead he was given a suspended sentence for four years for his actions!
It occurred during some anti-government demonstrations had turned violent in 2006. A 67 year old pleaded not guilty to “endangering traffic, arbitrary use of a vehicle and causing damage”. However the man did plead guilty to starting up the tank that was in front of the Budapest City Hall and then driving it along the inner ring road.
Miniature Tanks are absolutely brilliant, they do exactly what they say on the tin, tanks which are in miniature size, measuring just 3 foot tall and 7 foot long!
The great thing with Miniature-Tanks is that young and old can drive them, no driving licence is required and Children are also more than welcome to try their hand at it.
The Miniature-Tanks weigh around 250 kilos and are very maneuverable and can tackle rough terrain with ease!
A UK location that has Miniature Tanks to drive is Tank Mania
The Miniature Tanks are also called Paintball Panzers and are made by a company called Funtrak
Watch the video below to see how much fun Channel Fives “The Gadget Show” had when filming their experience in the Funtrak Panzer Miniature Tank.
It is advisable to bring spare clothes if you are going to experience the Miniature Tank driving and you are best wearing clothes you are happy to maybe get wet and dirty, this is a hands on lots of fun driving experience!
Tank Mania is located in South Derbyshire/Leicestershire area and they offer a range of different Tank Driving experiences.
In their line up of Tanks & Military vehicles they have:
• Abbot self propelled gun tank
• 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier
• BV206 Hagglund Amphibious Personnel Carrier
• Bedford MJ 4×4 truck
• Miniature Tanks
So with this line up you have a range of different tank driving experiences that you can try your hand at, which includes the ever popular car crushing!
Unlike other tank driving providers Tank Mania also have Miniature Tanks, which are pretty much what they say on the tin. Tanks but in miniature form, 3 foot tall and 7 foot long and can fit one person (children can also drive these).
Tank Mania address:
Measham Lodge Farm
10% discount with Exclusive Discount Code: drivingexp
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Tank Paintballing is paintballing in Tanks!
Driving a tank is a driving experience that will be a ton (well 55 tons of metal) of laughs and enjoyment but how about adding a bit of extra spice to the occasion by having a tank battle against someone else and getting to fire paint bombs at each other to make it even more interesting and intense!
Your three person crew will drive one of the specially modified 432 APC where you will get to drive, arm and fire the gun after you have lined them up in your periscope!
Think paintballing but on a much larger scale and without getting hurt if and when you get hit!
Before you head into Tank paintballing battle you learn all you need to about driving the tank, a couple of levers, one to turn you left and one to turn you right plus an accelerator pedal and that’s it, no need to worry about gear changes as it’s all automatic!
After your tank driving training next up is the target practice and firing the paintball bombs at a target, with a bit of luck your target practice will be better that your opponents as next up is the tank paintballing battle and you want to make sure your 200mph “bombs” are hitting them more than you getting hit by any!
You can buy a Tank Paintballing experience for £100 from Buyagift
Receive a £5 discount by entering Promo code “170274″ at checkout!
Start your engines and FIRE!
Although it’s not the same as Tank Driving we thought an experience that may also appeal to anyone who wants to go Tank driving would be an Off-Road driving experience.
Setting off in a 4×4 to tackle a range of adverse muddy condition you will be amazed at the ability of real off-road vechiles. It is not all fast paced action but very skillful and precise as your 4×4 defies what you think is possible.
Take a look at the following video of an 4×4 Off-Road driving experience at Silverstone done in what we think is one of the best off road 4×4 made, the Land Rover Defender!
Taking a tank driving experience is something that you are unlikely to forget in a hurry. It is not something that you get to do everyday, well, unless you are a tank driver in the army or something but for arguments sake we will take an educated guess that you aren’t!
Anyway, on tank driving experiences you will get to do various different things and can vary depending on which experience you book. A highlight for many would be to drive over car in a tank and crush it, view some of our “Crushing cars in Tanks videos” to let that wet your appetite, there isn’t really much more to say with regards to that one that the videos won’t do a better job of showing!
Some of the tank driving experiences let you take in a range of different military vehicles so you may get to drive a Chieftain Tank, Abbot SPG (self-propelled field gun), APC(Armoured Personnel Carrier) & quad bikes (yes hardly what you want to be dodging bullets or bombs on in a war but they are amazing fun to drive).
Many of your instructors on the day will be ex Forces and may have served in the Gulf War and so you will no doubt get to hear many real life stories about what these tanks are like to drive out in real world combat while stacked with live ammo!
There will be time to take pictures and videos and if you bring a spectator along with you you can set them up to do all the photography work for you so you can just sit back and relax (well, not really) as you drive the tanks, if you notice your cameraman (or woman) not paying attention you have a big long gun on the front of the tank that will soon get their mind back on the job!
Your day may be a half day or a full day depending on what you have chosen, obviously the longer the day the more tank driving you are going to get to try. You will be part of a group so the tank driving does mean you all have to take turns but there is so much more to experiencing the tanks than just doing the driving, being sat in and on or watching provides absolutely superb fun and entertainment!
Now, Let battle commence…!
Now come on admit it, everyone would love to drive a Tank over a car and crush it. It may be a relatively pointless task but it is definitely something that is going to make you smile.
Check out some of these videos of Tanks crushing cars that we have found…Enjoy!
US Tank Crushes Iraqi Car