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Italian Job Bus Driving Experience

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• Drive an Italian Job style Charlie Croker bus
• A faithful remake of the famous bus with ramps
• Available at various locations around the UK
• Extended time behind the wheel available
 


What's Included

• Drive a 60s Bedford Val Chinese six bus complete with the original registration plate 'ALR 453B'
• Briefing with your instructor to learn the controls and opportunity to take photographs
• Complete a lap of the driving course with obstacles and reversing challenge
• Experiences last approximately one hour with approximately 10-15 minutes personal drive time
• Extended drives give 20-30 minutes drive time lasting 1.5-2 hours
• You will form part of a small group of 3 participants and ride as a passenger when not driving

What Can I Expect

All aboard Charlie Croker's Coach Tours - you're going Italian Job bus driving! This is your chance to drive a replica of this iconic bus from the original (and best) Italian Job film. We are offering driving sessions at a selection of track day venues for you to choose from.

You know the bit in the film when the Mini Coopers loaded with gold drive up the ramps of the moving bus? That was a 1964 Bedford bus. It had been specially adapted and reinforced to have opening rear doors and ramps - and the stunt was done for real.

Of course, after Charlie and the gang unloaded the gold and pushed the trio of Coopers out of the bus to tumble over the edge of the mountain (sacrilege!), they all thought they were home and dry with the loot. Only they hadn't counted on all those hairpins on their Grand Saint Bernard pass getaway route. And you all know how the film ends - quite literally on a cliff-hanger.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italian Job, some very inspired bods decided to recreate the famous trip from Turin to London. A standard bus was converted to hold three Minis and used exactly the same ramp system. The Italian Job bus you will be driving is this amazing tribute bus and it's brilliant!

Apparently the actual bus used in the film ended up back in service in Scotland after its starring role in the Italian Job with Michael Caine and crew, before it was scrapped. This remake stays totally faithful to the original and even sports the actual number plate - ALR 453B.

Whilst you won't be tackling any scary mountain hairpin bends on this Italian Job bus driving experience, you will be out on the specially designed course with some tricky tasks including a reverse challenge. Let's see if you handle the bus better than 'Big' William who lost control with all that gold on board. /Buy your Italian bus driving voucher online, we reckon Charlie Croker would agree it was a great idea!

Availability

• Selected weekday and weekend dates throughout the year
• All dates and session times are subject to availability
• Sessions operate between 08:30 and 15:30
• This is a popular experience which may need to be be booked well in advance

Location

  • Cornwall  Perranporth Airfield (bi-annual event)
  • Hampshire  Farnborough Circuit (limited dates)
  • Ipswich   Wattisham Airfield
  • Lincolnshire  Blyton Park
  • Northampton  Sywell Aerodrome
  • Norwich  Tibenham Circuit
  • Oxfordshire  Abingdon Airfield
  • Oxfordshire  Bicester Circuit
  • Oxfordshire  Bicester Heritage (limited dates)
  • Staffordshire  Lichfield Race Track
  • Sunderland  Warden Law Motorsports Centre
  • Warwickshire  NAEC Stoneleigh
  • Wigan  Three Sisters Circuit
  • York  Tockwith Circuit 
Premium circuit upgrade available for a supplement (payable directly when booking)
  • Wiltshire  Castle Combe Circuit - £25 (full driving licence required)
  • Surrey  Dunsfold Airfield - £35
  • Most venues are airfield style circuits with large run off areas
  • All locations are subject to change and are updated regularly

Suitable For

• Minimum age 16
• Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult
• Minimum height 4ft 5ins
• No driving licence is required

Spectators

• Spectators are welcome to come and watch from the trackside

Anything Else

  • All drivers on the day will have the option to pay a non-refundable £25 damage waiver which will cover them against any damage that may be caused to the vehicle(s) in the event of an incident
  • Drivers who do not wish to take this waiver will need to sign a disclaimer and will need to be able to cover the cost on the day for any damage to the vehicle up to a maximum amount of £5000. Credit card details will need to be provided with £5000 limit or above for this reason. Debit cards are accepted however please be aware a pre-authorisation applies to debit cards to check funds are available
  • Drive times are approximate and will vary depending on the drivers ability
  • The vehicle used in this experience is an authentic 60s Bedford Val Chinese six bus however it was not used in the filming of 'The Italian Job'
  • Once you have booked your date with the supplier should you need to to cancel within 7 days of your booking, a charge of £29 per car to re-book will apply.  This also applies to cancellations due to Covid.
  • Cancellation cover is available at the time of booking your date for £20 which would cover any last minute cancellation.
italian job bus driving
Italian Job Bus Driving Experience
Italian Job Bus Driving
Total Price£59.00
 
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