By Ann Evans

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Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography.

The most exciting show of 2017 year took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Dunchurch, Warwickshire. Rob Tysall went along to take photos amid the noise, explosions and drama.



For me, this was the most exciting event that Ann and I covered this year. The Tanks, Trucks and Firepower Show returned for its 8th successive year and once again literally blew your mind with the flames, explosions, gunfire and mass of military might!

The show was organised by the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society who brought along their incredible collection of tanks, armoured cars and military vehicles including the 68-ton Challenger I Main Battle Tank – the only fully restored and working one in private hands. This is owned by show organiser and co-founder of the AFV Society, Andrew Baker.


Also at the show was a vast display of privately owned military vehicles which came from all over the country. There were more than 260 tanks, armoured vehicles, jeeps, field guns, recovery vehicles, fire engines and trucks.

All kinds of amazing displays took place including a ‘Live Firing’ display with guns, cannons and tanks; a fantastic ‘Pyrotechnic’ display; a ‘Driving’ display showing the versatility of various tracked military vehicles, the Royal British Legion Motor Bike Riders, a display of recovery winch and tow drop, fire engines and even a car crushing spectacular!


Yet again there was a spectacular CVRT Driving and Pyrotechnic Display with Andrew Baker driving an 8 ton Army Reconnaissance Track Vehicle and co-founder of the AFV Society, Mick Browning driving another. They displayed absolute brilliance in the control of these powerful vehicles. Reaching speeds of 50-60 mph they raced around the field, sometimes with Andrew travelling backwards, with the vehicles nose to bumper a few inches away from each other.

There was plenty going on for the children to enjoy with mini tanks, mini go karts, fairground rides, tank rides, and all kinds of stalls selling a wide range of goods, military and non-military plus plenty of hot and cold foods and drinks available.


There really is nothing quite like this show, and certainly a dramatic event for photographers!

We’re looking forward to the next Tanks Trucks & Firepower Show which takes place 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018. Tickets are on sale now.


See the website for full details.






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: Blogs: