Nearly 50 years ago my Dad took this photo of me on a Sherman Tank at the Bovingdon Tank Museum. I loved the place though I do think my poor Mum must have been bored stiff. Come Christmas 2012 I bought my son (& Me) a Ticket for Tiger Day which was in Late March the next year. It was a day I will remember for a long time
On getting to he Museum you first see the gate guardian
then a tank from I remember from my childhood, a Centurion tank, I had a couple these as model dinky toys I used to play with.
One of the Geman Tanks on display
Think this one if a General Grant
This tank was never used in anger because it was built by the British army after the war using the captured factory equipment.
We went off to lunch which we had sat on the same table as the guest of honour Murry Walker (yep Mr F1 himself) turned out he was a tank commander in WWII and he commanded a Sherman Firefly so they gave him a ride in one
This tank is original but the engine is more modern as they could not get a replacement. It uses a Rover V8
One of the British Tanks
A Russian T34
Murry waving from his Sherman
The Tiger making it's way round
Love this one, it's called Spud, one of my nicknames
A childhood favorite
This is a modern on a German Leopard in Canadian colors
After the arena visit we had a walk round the workshops as say a newly restored WWII German Anti Tank Gun
Here is the Matilda tank again
and me sat in it.
The Sherman tank Murry was in, I did get to go in it as well
Spud the Valentine Mk2
The spartan driving seat in a T34
A Valentine Mk1 in Desert colors
The Leopard tank
and the inside, I was sat beside this guy