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Tanks, Trucks and Firepower

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A weekend of Tanks, Trucks, Firepower and campfire stories kept us busy at this show over the bank holiday. No need for the log burner for us. No… we had a tent! After all, it was the August Bank Holiday. Aren’t we guaranteed sunshine?

A weekend of Tanks, Trucks, Firepower and campfire stories kept us busy at this show over the bank holiday. No need for the log burner for us. No… we had a tent! After all, it was the August Bank Holiday. Aren’t we guaranteed sunshine?

Last weekend was the latest of our show season as the team, our T55 and Centrurion tanks headed over to Dunchurch near Rugby for the annual meeting of the Tanks, Trucks and Firepower festival.

The show takes place on August Bank Holiday Weekend in association with the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society and this 4th year of shows was set to be a bumper experience for the visitors.

The timetable of events across the two arenas included wheeled armour displays, Royal British Legion Motorcycle Riders, car crushing, pyrotechnic displays and of course, our favourite, the BIG TANKS!

Camping at shows is always one of our favourite summer pastimes- even if the weather is less than summery! There is a well used phrase that our team here at Armourgeddon get the hang of very early in their instructor careers, and that is; ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!’ And so it was off to Dunchurch we headed with the Centurion and T55 safely mounted on low-loaders and ready to go.

The show was a great success, the crowd was whooped up into an excited frenzy by the time the Big Tanks took to the main arena. Of course we are biased, but our T55 looked the bees knees as we headed out for a spin to show the very appreciative crowd the speed that this beast can reach.

The evenings were spent meeting with like-minded-tank-nuts from around the country and much time was spent listening to the stories of a tank enthusiast who tours around the tank show circuit and whom we will never tire of listening to the stories of. This gentleman was the 4th longest serving SAS soldier and is a complete legend.

For this show, his stories included a time he was on tour in Borneo. On this tour, he was hit on the head by a live grenade. Luckily, the fuse seemed faulty and allowed him the time to pick it up and launch it back in the direction it came from landing squarely with it’s original owners as it exploded. Managing to hit another couple of the enemy from a sniper position during the same battle, our legend was awarded a medal of honour after his return. When he asked if the other 3 members of his team were also being awarded, his commanding officer stated that it was him that had thrown the grenade and thus saved the lives of his team. To which he replied that they would all have done the same and they should all receive medals or none of them would accept one individually. The kind of character you need on your team!

On to day two and the T55 again pleased the new crowd as we maneuvered her across the main show arena. With plenty of people coming to visit the Centurion too, we were kept busy telling as many people about what we do here at Armourgeddon as possible.

As the heavens opened towards the end of the day and the show ground started to empty, only the really hard core (okay, so the ones who hadn’t seen the forecast for Bank Holiday Monday’s weather,) stayed and camped through the deluge.

For those who came to visit- great to see you and to all those who served with our legend friend in the SAS and all other facets of the military, it is weekends like this that remind us of how thankful we are of all that you did and all that the military continue to do using the tanks that we enjoy spinning around tracks and show arenas as a safe haven and a life saver!

Until next year, Tanks, Trucks and Firepower!

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