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Introductory Tank Driving

Product code: 1022343 4.5 out of 5 (based on 9 reviews) Write a review »
4.5 out of 5 – 9 reviews
  • For One
  • Minimum age 12 years
  • Northamptonshire
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Here's a hard hitting package that really packs a punch. Train to take on the tank challenge. This superb military themed experience puts you in control of a selection of real ex-services vehicles. You'll start in a 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier, a model still used by the British Army despite being designed in the 1960's. Then you’ll get to take the controls of a Supercat; a go anywhere, all-wheel-drive vehicle. You have the choice of 4 wheel steering or skid steering, it's manoeuvrability made it an instant choice for the Gulf War. You'll also get to go into the Armoury, where an ex-British Army sniper & mercenary will talk you through some of the more personal hardware that they have. AK47's, MP5 machine guns, how to field strip a WW2 Bren gun, even a handheld grenade launcher. Then it's onto the big stuff! The Gvodika is the charming nickname for the Soviet 2S1 122mm Self-Propelled howitzer. A tank by any other name, the Gvodika is still in active service in many countries. Fully amphibious, fully protected against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons, this piece of Warsaw Pact hardware was on the front line of the cold war, and you get to drive it. As if that wasn't enough, the best driver of the day will also get to park a Chieftain Main Battle Tank on top of a family car (don't worry, they take the family out first!). So, have you got what it takes?
What's included?
  • Introduction and safety briefing
  • Driving session in a 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • 6x6 Supercat driving
  • Armoury experience with an ex-British Army sniper, including AK47's, MP5's and rocket launchers
  • Gvozdika tank driving experience
  • Chance to crush a car with a Chieftain Main Battle Tank
  • Refreshments
Any restrictions?
  • Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person
  • This experience is available on selected dates in May, July and September
  • Sessions run 9am – 1pm or 2pm – 6pm
  • If you wish to alter a booking once made then this must be done more than 14 days in advance. You will not be able to change the date after that time
  • Min. age is 12 years
  • Min. height is 1.52m/5'0”
  • You do not need a driving licence for this experience
  • You will need to be reasonably fit to participate, if in any doubt as to your suitability please contact the supplier for guidance
  • Spectators are welcome for a fee of £15 (includes two vehicle rides)
  • Min. age for spectators is 7 years
  • You need to notify the supplier if you intend to bring spectators
  • All dates are subject to availability
What do I need to know?
  • There may be up to 30 other participants on this experience with you
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather, including wellies and gloves. It gets very muddy and can get very cold
  • Your experience is expected to last approximately four hours
This experience is available at
Introductory Tank Driving - £219

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 8 out of 9 (89%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Average Experience

3 out of 5 29 September 2014
The Professor
Location: west London Age: 55-64 Bought For Relative Occasion: Christmas
The actual driving was good fun and well organised. The additional activities (Bren Gun dismantle and rebuild, and a talk in the Armoury) were interesting bonuses. However, there was a lot of standing about and waiting.
What would you improve for next time? A few less participants and a couple more drives.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

A great day out

5 out of 5 17 May 2013
Location: Harrow Age: 55-64 Bought For Wife Occasion: Birthday
Always wanted to drive a tank or similar type of vehicle and this was the perfect gift for me, good instructors, good terrain plenty of mud and water everything you need for a tank. Would I go again? most definatly. I am 60 now so id better get round to it very soon.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Tank Driving

5 out of 5 16 September 2011
Big Jon
Location: Doncaster Age: 35-44 Bought For Wife Occasion: Christmas
What an awesome day - thoroughly enjoyed every minute and the option for my wife and 2 boys to ride along and get involved for £15 each was great.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

fantastic experience

5 out of 5 31 July 2011
Location: kent Age: 45-54 Bought For Daughter Occasion: Birthday
All the staff were very friendly and welcoming and family and friends were included in all activities. Driving the vehicles was so much fun (even in the mud!) and I would recommend it to everyone!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

5 out of 5 21 July 2011
Location: West Midlands Age: 55-64 Bought For Myself Occasion: Christmas
Bought this experience for my husband as a Christmas present. The staff at Tanks a Lot made you feel very welcome and it was well supervised. I went as a spectator and we both thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Brilliant Experience

4 out of 5 04 April 2011
Location: Northampton Age: 35-44 Bought For Dad Occasion: Birthday
Getting to drivie the Russian tank was amazing, up close to a real war machine. Even driving the Personnel Carrier was good fun as well as being a passenger in one, now I know what soliders go through in the back of one of them. The Survival talk with John Sullivan was really good, meeting someone who has experienced so much in life and how to survive on your own was interesting and a learning experience. The staff at Tanks A Lot were very welcoming and knowledgable.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

4 out of 5 16 November 2010
Pete Hyland
Location: Age: 55-64 Bought For Relative Occasion: Christmas
This is an experience that every bloke should go on - it wasn't just about tanks although driving a tank was damn good fun! We got to drive all sorts of military vehicles and even play at being SAS for a bit! Felt like a proper action hero and got some great pics in the army get up with camouflage gear!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

4 out of 5 16 November 2010
Sheila Norton
Location: Age: 55-64 Bought For Relative Occasion: Christmas
My fella is well into his action films and soldier stuff so I had a feeling he might just enjoy this tank day! He was absolutely in his element running around with the army lot driving tanks and firing guns - plus the uniform looked gooood!!! He got to keep it!!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

5 out of 5 16 November 2010
Martyn Caley
Location: Age: 55-64 Bought For Relative Occasion: Christmas
What a great morning Finally got to do what all big kids want to do and drive a TANK RPG and APC and then quads as well All you need to do in a morning. I was made to feel welcome - well organised and supervised.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Introductory Tank Driving - £219