What can I expect on the day
Introducing the all-terrain, amphibious Alvis Stalwart! It’s not often you see this much-loved military truck available for drives, so grab this opportunity in Bicester with both hands and get driving this impressive 6x6 truck.
The ‘Stolly’, as she is affectionately known, is a piece of engineering genius from Alvis Stalwart. No wonder it was snapped up by the British Army and carried out faithful service for two decades. On first glance, the FV620 looks like a pretty simple military truck. Look closely and you’ll see there are six wheels. Look again and you might think the vehicle’s classic resembles a hull. And you’d be right…
Yep, this nine-tonne truck is at home in deep mud as it is in deep water. On land the Stolly goes like stink over pretty much anything, reaching speeds of up to 45mph. This truck also makes the most of fact that it is a true six-wheel drive. That’s to say all three wheels are locked together and turn at the same speed. When you’re in the serious muddy mess, the FV620 seems to move sideways as drive is centred around the set of wheels that has the most grip.
And if you ever find yourself needing to cross a river because the bridge has been blown up by the baddies, that’s not a problem for the impressive Alvis Stalwart either. Activate the vectored thrust water-jet propulsion and away you go, cruising at around 8 or 9 knots in water. Amazing considering the curb weight and the fact that the Stolly truck can carry up to five tonnes of supplies onboard.
As for what it’s like to actually drive an Alvis Stalwart? Well, just getting in one is a bit of a challenge in itself. Access in to the cab is via roof hatches only. Once inside, you’ll see the driver sits in the middle (so they have the best all-round view of what’s going on in the battle zone outside the window). Then there’s room for a passenger on either side.
When you’re not driving this 6x6 military vehicle, you’ll be a passenger. That means you get the best of both worlds, as you get to experience being at the controls and how it feels to be jostled around as a passenger too. We can only begin too imagine what these vehicles were like in active service. Suffice it to say they must have been pretty good, as the Alvis Stalwart served from 1966 right through to the late 1980s.
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