Tank driving latest New Zealand adrenalin experience

September 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New Zealand tends to be rather boring — but there are exceptions

A 30-minute drive from Christchurch is Tanks For Everything – New Zealand’s latest adrenalin adventure that takes you to the edge and then charges over it, literally.

Created by Jonathan Lahy-Neary, the experience enables visitors to drive a dozen vehicles ranging from a jeep all the way up to the Russian T-55AM2 tank and the 52-tonne Centurion.

And it’s a daunting line-up – I was scared just belting around the course in the jeep.

Mr Lahy-Neary said he came up with the idea after a long flight from London. He blames a lack of sleep – or a dodgy airline meal – but he woke with an idea, to import some tanks and let people drive them. The former IT manager has been full-time at it for a year now.

We started off small, well, in tanks terms anyway, with the FV-432 armoured personnel carrier. Despite being terrified before stepping in, it wasn’t long before I was wearing that dopey expression only pure joy brings.

The guns have been disabled on all the tanks, which sounds like it would be disappointing, but just driving the hulking machinery is more than enough to get the adrenaline pumping.

Then it was time to climb up into the Centurion, a British-built, ex-Australian army tank used in the Vietnam War. To drive the Centurion, you need to be able to (semi) drive a manual. Bunny hops aren’t advisable when there is a thick metal ledge right at teeth height. Weighing in at 52 tonnes, this sucker gets just 50m out of one litre of petrol – try that at the height of an oil crisis.

You can even arrange to run over cars – perhaps the boss’s car for a work team-building exercise.

If driving the tank sounds a bit too scary, you can always be driven around by Lahy-Neary, who even offers the experience for kid’s birthday parties.

You really don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy this, but you do need to do a bit of saving.

Original story here




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  1. ” this sucker gets just 50m out of one litre of petrol – try that at the height of an oil crisis.”

    WOW 50miles per litre?

    That’s 3-times what my Yaris gets!

    • M is for metres in NZ

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