Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh Yeah, Pencil Me In...

Reader, commenter, and all-around good egg Phillip C. sends in this link to something awesome for your Friday afternoon daydreaming:

DRIVE A TANK
Q. Do you offer Tank Driving 101 & is it safe?

A. One of our instructors will brief you on the tank controls and operations. We have installed dual controls similar to driver’s education cars, and we have a “kill switch” installed on the vehicle. The instructor stays with you during your drive experience. What could be safer than being inside an armored vehicle?
Read that again. You. Can. Drive. A. Freakin'. Tank. How cool is that? Looking at the price list, too, shows that it's eminently reasonable for pricing - the better of the two packages is $550, which is spendy but certainly not outside of what you'd spend on a milestone birthday/bachelor party/etc. And did I mention you get to drive a tank?

This is worth getting on a plane for MN here, folks...

That is all.

10 comments:

Chris said...

Did that, a long time ago (when I was an Armor 2LT at Fort Knox in the mid-1970s). Also got to fire the main gun on both the M60 and the M557 Sheridan. And, of course, the M2 .50 cal. Some of the few things I can remember fondly about my time in the Army (other than most of the NCO that worked with me).

Anonymous said...

It a self propelled gun, it's not a tank.

Yes I know it's nit picking but tankers wouldn't be caught dead in a artillery unit.

Gerry

greg said...

I'd want to fire the gun at least once for $500.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Now THAT'S an Earth F#*%er!

Old NFO said...

If you can't fire the gun, go drive a Cat Dozer, it's a LOT cheaper!!! :-)

Glenn B said...

I would like to say that I just signed up but I did not. I did some checking on the trip and just cannot do it now. The cost of the tank drive itself is not prohibitive because it would cover both my son and I for one price. It's the cost of the transportation though that makes it a bit much, when added to the tank drive and hotel costs, that make it verboten. It is about a 1,200 mile drive trip (each way, only about $300 in gas but too many days away from home) or an $800 train trip of about 28 to 31 hours (depending on which train) or a $600 air fare -then add a hotel for a ouple of nights.

Man, how I wish I wind up buying a scratch off lottery ticket that hits for about $1500. That looks like a lot of fun even if only several minutes at the controls.

All the best,
Glenn B

Cargosquid said...

Can't drive them, but they are fun to watch. We have a "tank farm" in Northern Virginia that has an open house. Dozens of tanks from WWII to ALMOST present are on the grounds.

Along with other exhibits like flamethrower demonstrations and helo deployments by Marines, it makes for a memorable day!

http://www.nmaw.org/

Ed Skinner said...

Does it come with ammo?

agg79 said...

That is your ultimate ATV. I'm like Chris, I drove several for many years in Fort Knox and Germany as an Armor officer. Ran over/blew up lots of things. Got to drive both M60s and M1s. Definitely one sweet ride.

Angus McThag said...

After being paid to drive tanks I just can't see paying to drive a brit SP gun or APC.

I've got a few miles on an M60A3 (TTS), lots of miles on an M1(IP) and M1A1(HA) and 15 FEET in a Tiger!