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Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck Off Road Driving Day - Oxford

Feel the power of the immense Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck during this off-road driving experience in Bicester, ideal for military vehicle enthusiasts.

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Feel like a true soldier and take the wheel of a Leyland DAF 45/150 GS 4x4 Truck during this military driving experience in Bicester. A great day out for army veterans, military enthusiasts and those who love to try new things, this is one driving day you'll never forget!

The experience begins with registration on site, then you'll greet the expert instructor and head over to the mammoth truck to begin your drive. The instructor will go over the controls, the history of the vehicle, and how the military used them back in the day, before settling down in the passenger seat to let you take over. With a 6 litre 150bhp Cummins diesel engine and a 5 ton load capacity, the truck may take some getting used to, but once you've got the hang of the controls you can put the 60mph max speed to the test! For up to twenty minutes you'll test drive the army truck around the Bicester off-road track, constantly receiving guidance from the instructor beside you to ensure you're making the most of the vehicle.

The Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck Off-Road Driving Day makes a wonderfully unique experience gift for petrol-heads, and is sure to be a wholly memorable day for everyone involved. 

Minimum age: 21

Please ensure you bring a valid driver's licence on the day of your experience.
You will drive for between 20-25 minutes, but please expect to be on site for longer.
Spectators are welcome to watch, and there is a cafe on site. There is also the option to purchase passenger rides in the various army vehicles, fire engines, and the F1 style racing car on the day.
Experiences run several times a month, on both weekday and weekend dates.
Drivers should wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.
Please bring a valid UK licence on the day.
The weather can very occasionally cause a cancellation, in which case the experience will be rescheduled for a more suitable date.
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When it comes to driving, I have to say it isn't one of my strongest qualities, but when I was invited to drive a Leyland 4x4 Army Truck for the day I couldn't turn this down! It was going to be very different to the little cars I am used to.

After a smooth trip from Brighton up to the airfield in Bicester, Evie and I parked up and headed over to driver sign up tent to be met by one of the friendly driving team. The sign up tent was under cover (a great escape from the sudden downpour of rain) and was attached to a converted double decker bus, which sold a variety of hot and cold drinks, bacon rolls and burgers. After a quick cup of tea, we were ready to start. Simon, the main guy in charge of the track,  showed us over to the monstrous variety of army vehicles - and it was time to begin!

army truck collage 1I was to drive the Leyland 4x4 Army Truck, and it was massive! I climbed up the steps and sat in the drivers seat, with Simon next to me. He explained exactly what I needed to do and provided great tips and tricks whilst I was out on the course. My first manoeuvre was reversing out the parking space, which was surprisingly easy considering the size of the vehicle! I then drove around around the course and parked back in the space, pressing a little to hard on the breaks and sending Simon flying - oops! The experience also includes driving around a cone course and try not to flatten them in the process.

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Evie and I really enjoyed the day and learnt a thing or two about driving fire engines and army trucks. The airfield is also home to many other marvellous motors you can drive, including an Alvis Stewart Military Truck which you can take as a passenger drive, as well as the Leyland 4x4 Army Truck! Or a ride in a Dennis V8 Fire Engine or Classic 1950's Fire Engine. If you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush, try the thrill of driving a Single Seater race car or experience a high speed passenger ride driven by a racing professional, or both!

Huge thanks to Simon for inviting us along for the day, hopefully you'll recover from the emergency break soon enough...

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