Dorset was tanked up

Huge crowds at TANKFEST

More than 22,000 people attended TANKFEST at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, over three scorching days.

The event was completely sold out and it attracted tank fans from around the world – including visitors from the USA, Japan and Australia.

It was the 15th TANKFEST and the biggest yet – proving the growing appeal for these historic machines.

More than 50 vehicles drove around the special display area to cheers from the crowd.

A mock battle was held in which the Germans – just like their football team – were knocked out.

Mock battle at TANKFEST

Among the hardware on display was a World War Two French Char B1 tank from the French Tank Museum and a Soviet Cold War era IS3 tank from the Belgian Royal Military Museum.

From the Netherlands was a Leopard 2 belonging to the Historic Collection of the Royal Netherlands Army.

And private collector Jon Phillips’ Stug III and Marder III were there along with two newly restored WW1 French FT-17 tanks from the Weald Collection.

Richard Smith OBE, Director of the Museum, said: “This TANKFEST had a truly impressive line-up of guest vehicles and tanks from the Museum’s collection.

“It’s a fantastic event for people to see these historic machines on the move and understand the impact of their presence on the battlefield.”

Chris Barrie – aka Rimmer from Red Dwarf – drives a Dingo at TANKFEST

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The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset holds the national collection of tanks and brings the story of tanks and tank crews to life.


With over 300 tanks from 26 nations, The Tank Museum holds the finest and most historically significant collection of fighting armour in the world. These range from the world’s first ever tank, Little Willie, through to the British Army’s current Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2.


Eight powerful exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. As you explore the Museum’s seven large halls, you come face with face to face with tanks and hear incredible true stories from the last century.


The Tank Museum is an independent Museum and registered Charity.