Craig Moore visited the Norfolk Tank Museum to report on this year’s Armourfest, one of the UK’s biggest heavy armour shows

German Stug III and half-track replica driving around the arena

If you like to see big armour on the move and hear engines roar, then August weekend-long Armourfest will not disappoint.

However, torrential overnight rain did almost cause disaster for visitors when the entrance to the field car park become a quagmire. The event team quickly sprang into action, transporting hay bales to the gate area to spreading over the mud, providing grip for car tyres. The same solution was applied to the muddy tracks in the showground before the sun dried the ground.

Close to Norwich, Norfolk Tank Museum is the home of three Cold War British Army monsters. Top of the billing is the Centurion AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) which was designed as a replacement for the Churchill VII AVRE and first entered service in 1962.

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