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by Ann Evans

Photos courtesy of the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society and Rob Tysall.

If you’re after an action packed Bank Holiday weekend for the whole family, then the Tanks, Trucks & Firepower Show taking place at Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire, is the place to go.

It promises to be an amazing three days with tank driving and firing, tank and mini tank rides, pyrotechnic displays, car crushing, events in the arena and armoury displays. There’s fun and rides for the children, plenty of stalls to enjoy plus refreshments and a beer tent.

Expect excitement at the show

Expect excitement at the show

The spectacular show is organised by the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society who have been thrilling audiences with displays of military might for the last six years. Visitors can expect to see hundreds of military vehicles, the majority being privately owned by like-minded military vehicle enthusiasts from all around the UK. Included in the impressive line up will be Chieftain, Centurion and Challenger tanks.

One of the organisers, Sally Baker, said there is a wide range of attractions: “There will be 200 military vehicles on display ranging from a Second World War Jeep to present-day armour.”

The Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society was formed in 2005 after the founding members decided to pool resources and knowledge to benefit anyone seeking to collect, renovate and show these vehicles.

Pyrotechnic display

Pyrotechnic display

Since then the society has grown considerably as popularity in military vehicles and armoury has increased. They now have more than 50 and boast the only collection of all the 10 CVR(T) marques, including some rare variants such as the Scorpion 90 and the Streaker. The society also has a large international member base with a thriving website attracting many visitors wanting to know more about these vehicles.

Not surprisingly the Society is often approached by the TV and film industry to help with providing vehicles for films and programmes. Naming just a few, they’ve assisted on the 2006 sci-fi thriller Children of Men starring Clive Owen; Armoured Speed for the Discovery Channel; Top Gear for the BBC; House of Cards for the BBC and many more.

Their website also provides a place to buy and sell parts and vehicles together with an international register providing an insight as to where these Alvis made vehicles are ending up. They are always pleased to know of other privately owned vehicles which can be added to the register. (http://www.afvsociety.co.uk/)

Tanks, Trucks and Firepower

Tanks, Trucks and Firepower

The Tanks, Trucks & Firepower Show takes place August Bank Holiday 27th, 28th 29th 2016 from 10am-5pm. The showground is situated 1 mile from Dunchurch Village Centre on the A426 in Warwickshire – (5 miles from Rugby) There is easy access off the A45 and M45.

Discounted tickets are online at: www.tankstrucksandfirepower.com

Or gate price: adult £9.50, child/OAP £5.00, under 5s free. Also family tickets and 3-day tickets available. Camping is also available.

Tel: 07885 115341 or email: sallybaker@hotmail.com

About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-Writer-Step-Guide/dp/1907670246 Blogs:http://annsawriter.blogspot.com