Experience the off-road thrill of the Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck during this extreme passenger ride in Oxford!
- Bicester (Oxfordshire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Jump in the passenger seat of a Leyland DAF Truck and take a ride in the main cargo vehicle of the British MOD, a fantastic experience for military vehicle enthusiasts in the lovely Bicester countryside.
On arrival at the track you'll be introduced to the staff and register your details at reception, then follow the instructor to the purpose-built track where the Leyland truck will be waiting. The expert instructor will talk you through the various controls of the vehicle, its military functions in wars and battles, and how the trucks have developed over time to become the primary cargo machine for the British Army. Once you're comfortable in the passenger seat, the instructor will whizz you round the course, putting the truck through its paces so you get the most realistic ride possible! With a 6 litre, 150bhp Cummins diesel engine doing 12 miles per gallon, a 5 ton load capacity, and a maximum speed of 60mph on and off-road, this is unlike any vehicle you've ever experienced...
The Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck Passenger Ride in Oxford is a wonderfully unique driving day for those with an interest in military vehicles, or for kids who want to experience the thrill of riding in a genuine army truck. A wholly unforgettable experience that'll give you memories for a lifetime.
Experiences run several times a month, on both weekday and weekend dates.
Minimum age: 6 (participants aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Experience Duration: 00:20
Time at Venue: 00:40
The off road passenger ride will last approximately 20-25 minutes.
Participants: The Leyland DAF 4x4 Army Truck Passenger Ride - Oxford is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: -1
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Spectators are welcome to watch, and there is a cafe service on site.
Guests are able to purchase passengers rides in the fire engines, army vehicles and F1-style car on the day.
Passengers should wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and flat shoes.
The weather should not affect the off-road passenger ride, but in the case of a cancellation you can simply reschedule for a more appropriate time.
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 4×4 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!
I was to drive the Leyland 4×4 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.
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 4×4 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…