If you’re a tank lover, then the UK’s Tankfest is an absolute haven of ultraviolence. I’ve been one year (we hired a Sherman – don’t ask me how much it cost) and spent a weekend on a farm surrounded by a hundred years of armoured killing machines. This year, for the second year running, World of Tanks is sponsoring the show.
The show will be taking place between June 30th and July 1st at The Bovington Tank Musuem. Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi enthused; “With over 10,000 people watching thrilling World War II tank-on-tank battles, the Tankfest is the best place to start your tank experience. It will be great to have a chat with our fans at this truly special event.”
The weekend will also feature the first display of some new acquistions for the museum, donatd by the Ministry of Defence academy at Shrivenham. And, no, these aren’t wussy things that have been “saved for the nation” like some multi-million dollar sculptures or paintings. They include a captured Iraqi APC from the first Gulf War, a 1970s German Marder APC, a FV432 APC and the eight-wheeled French Panhard EBR 75 Armoured car.
You’ll also be able to see the first outing of a World War I replica Mark IV tank, as made famous in Warhorse, and the most modern British Tank around, the up-armoured Challenger 2.
You can find out more at tankmuseum.org