• Welcome and safety briefing on driving techniques
• Drive a FV432 tank and a 6x6 Alvis Stalwart for 20-25 minutes in each vehicle
• Driving sessions take place on a purpose built multi-terrain track
• Experiences operate with 2 participants
• When not driving you will be riding as a passenger
• Please allow around 2 hours on site for this experience
What Can I Expect
It’s a Cold War comeback with the Stalwart vs the FV432! This experience pitches two of the most dependable and battle-worthy military vehicles of Cold War times against each other. You’ll drive both of them, so let’s see which one you’d prefer to be in charge of if you were out on the battle field.
Post World War Two, Berlin was divided into four areas, with Great Britain occupying west Berlin. As tensions rose between the West and the Soviet Union, all military eyes were looking East. Things escalated even further when the border between East and West Germany was closed in 1961. Cue the Iron Curtain and the start of the Cold War - and both the Stalwart and the FV432 we have for you here actually served in Germany during these tense times.
Indeed, the Stalwart truck and the FV432 tank played important roles with the British Army presence in Germany for many years. The FV432 tank is a full-tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier, whilst the Stalwart is a 6x6 amphibious truck. Both are classic pieces of Cold War military kit and both are pretty amazing to drive - especially genuine ex-Army examples like these.
As you might imagine, neither the Stalwart nor the FV432 are like anything else you will have ever driven. The Stalwart might seem like a standard truck, albeit a very powerful one, but remember it's fully amphibious and comes equipped with jet-propulsion to lug all nine tonnes of it through the water! It’s pretty amazing and although you won’t be sailing anywhere on this driving experience, it remains an impressive piece of kit that needs to be seen to be believed.
Meanwhile, the FV432 is your classic workhorse of the war zones. They soon became known as the ‘battle taxis’ thanks to their role in quickly and safely being able to move troops around. Of course, those troops then have to disembark to actually fight, which is why we think the role of driver might have been the wise choice, Cold War or no Cold War!
And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing on this Stalwart vs FV432 session, as you take it in turns driving each vehicle around the off road track. When you’re not at the controls, you will be onboard as a passenger. Which will you prefer? The 6x6 land and water fiend or the steadfast fully tracked APC?
• Selected weekend and weekdays throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability
• Minimum age is 18
• Participants must have a full UK driving licence
• Minimum height 5ft
• Maximum height 6ft 4"
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• Spectators are welcome
• Passenger rides are available in the tank and Alvis Stalwart for £20 per person, up to a maximum of 8 payable on the day
• Minimum age for passenger rides is 8
• Under 16s must be accompanied by a participating adult
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Bicester Heritage, near Oxford