Fancy Driving A Tank In Blackpool? Well now you can with these fun tank experiences on the Flyde coast in Lancashire. These ex-Army mud-munchers are the real deal, complete with turrets and guns and the full green and black camouflage colours too and we've got three different tank driving experiences in Blackpool to choose from.
This tanktastic centre is run by friends James (also known as Tankman to his mates) and Mark. Both are obsessed with tanks, military vehicles and memorabilia and having bought these heavyweight tanks, they are also dab hands at being tank technicians when it comes maintenance and repair. They are also full of anecdotes about driving their tanks (including stories about rumbling along to the petrol station in the FV432 and a Police escort for the Chieftain).
Indeed these military monsters aren't cheap to run and filling up the Chieftain costs £800. Hardly surprising when you think the thing stands 9ft tall, 12ft wide and over 36ft long when the gun turret is pointing straight ahead. Dressed in a full metal jacket, the Chieftain weighs in at 56 tons. You'd think parking would be a nightmare, but James tells us he can 'park where he likes' when you're driving something that big.
If you choose the Car Crush experience you will be driving that massive Chieftain tank over a poor, unsuspecting small family car. The mainstay of the British Army, this model is completely original and has no modifications, so you might find the controls are pretty heavy and if you struggle to clamber aboard, there are ladders available! As you accelerate towards your target, the roaring noise of the Rolls Royce engine gives way to the popping of glass and the shattering of steel as the vehicle victim is crushed and pounded to a pulp. Amazing stuff.
A straight up Standard Tank Drive gives you two laps in the FV432. These Armoured Personnel Carriers are known by the troops as 'battlefield taxis' and were the Desert Storm and Cold War heros on the terrain. The one you will drive today still has the turret, but no longer carries the gun. Make sure you're not wearing your Sunday best as you are bound to get splashed with mud as you hurtle or trundle (speed is up to you) in the 13 ton military people carrier around the special track.
If you want to go driving a tank in Blackpool for longer, pick the Extended Tank Experience that allows you to double up on the driving time in the FV432 tank with two full laps of the off road circuit in Blackpool. One extra we love about this venue is that it is free for spectators to come and watch the tank driving action and there is loads going on at the activity farm venue, making it a fab day out for the whole family in Lancashire.