• Take control of an 18 ton FV 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier
• Full pre-drive briefing and personal tuition throughout from an experienced instructor
• 3 km personal drive time
• You will be joined by up to 4 other juniors taking turns to drive
• When not driving you will ride as a passenger
• One adult spectator is included and must accompany the junior in the tank
• Experiences last approximately 1.5 hours
What Can I Expect
We often get asked if there’s such as thing as tank driving for kids - and the answer is a big, fat, glorious yes! On this thrilling junior tank driving experience it’ll actually be your little ones who’ll be driving the FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier. Hold on tight, it be a bumpy ride!
With this experience it’s a case of 'the kids drive, the grown ups ride'. Operated as a small group activity, there will be up to five children in the tank at any one time, with each child taking it in turns to drive. And whilst all this is going on, one adult per child will be riding on board as a passenger, so everyone gets to experience the full-tracked fun of the FV432.
Kids will love driving this Armoured Personnel Carrier tank. It’s fully-tracked, it’s hefty, it’s noisy, it’s a serious piece of heavy metal. If you weighed it, it’d come in at a good 18 tons, but despite being a rather large mass of metal, the FV432 pulls off a more than respectable 50kph top speed, thanks to that beefy Rolls Royce K60 multi-fuel engine.
Inside it’s pretty ‘cosy’ to say the least and it feels like you’re sitting in a big, riveted metal tin. But when you think these things were designed to transport soldiers across war zones, it’s probably just what you want to be sitting in. It’s bench-style seating in the rear cabin, so expect to be jostled about a bit, but that’s also what makes tank driving for kids so much fun.
Your tank driving teens will be at the helm of the genuine ex-Army FV432 for around three kilometres, driving on rugged terrain. This will give them enough time to get used to the controls and the co-ordination needed (driving with your head out of the hatch can be tricky at first!) and time to discover just what this tank can do. Of course, an instructor will be alongside at all times, with a remote engine cut off switch installed to avoid any hairy moments.
Junior tank drivers will need to have a certain amount of upper body strength about them to be able to manipulate the controls of the FV432 - after all, this is a heavy piece of genuine military equipment.
• Selected weekdays and weekends from March until October
• Generally sessions run every other week
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Please note: Due to popularity and limited dates as a result of recent weather conditions, bookings are now being taken for late summer/autumn
• Participants must be aged between 11 and 16
• Minimum height 4ft 9ins
• Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the action
• Juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older in the tank
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Childs Ercall, near Telford, Shropshire