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Truck & Juggernaut Driving Experiences

Trucks & Monster Trucks: Everything you need to know

Fans of 6ft tall tyres, 7.5 litre engines and large men with moustaches need look no further. Keep on trucking with some of the most challenging driving experiences you’ve ever seen!

Now’s the chance to prove your driving ability as you take on a custom-built obstacle course in a ridiculously large vehicle. Choose between a DAF XF 55ft truck with sixteen gears, a Juggernaut with a split gearbox or a monster truck, and see how many of those daft little traffic cones you can squash as you tear around wreaking havoc (probably).

If you choose to drive the Juggernaut, you can even bring a few pals to ride in the cab and be terrified. Watch out: these vehicles are big, so vertigo sufferers need not apply.

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Q: Trucks? What sort of trucks?
A: We’ve got two kinds! Monster and non-monster.
Q: What is a non-monster truck?
A: You might know it better as a truck. A great big truck, aka a lorry. It’s a 480bhp DAF tractor unit – coupled up to a monstrous 55ft Racecar Transporter.
Q: That truck sounds like a monster!
A: It is, but it’s not a Monster Truck. It’s an astounding HGV vehicle that you’ll drive at one of three supreme locations. An expert instructor will point out which bits to press and tread on.
Q: Me in a big lorry. That’ll be something to tell the Bash Street Kids about. What I need to do?
A: You must possess a full UK driving licence to participate and the minimum age is 17. There might be some height and weight restrictions connected to this experience, so if you have concerns about this, check the description on the experience page or just ask us.
Q: So what about the other trucks?
A: They’re Monster Trucks, those big wheeled vehicular behemoths that every single American drives.
Q: You got them too?
A: We surely do. You’ll get to drive one of these beasts, under expert tutelage, over a course of cones, mounds, reversing, measuring the width and the ultimate treat - driving over two ‘police’ cars.
Q: I’ll take it! What do I need for this one?
A: Same sort of stuff. You must be 17 years or over and know how to drive but you don’t need a full license. You’ll need a degree of physical stamina to partake as you will need to climb a ladder to get inside the vehicle, and it is not recommended for those with back, neck or heart complaints.
Q: Can I bring peeps along to see my stuff?
A: Be our guest! It all depends on which experience you do of course, but usually you can bring spectators along to take snaps. Just check the information on the page or voucher and you can always ask us if you have doubts.

Fun Facts

1: The word ‘truck’ might have come from the Middle English word ‘truckle’ meaning ‘small wheel’. But trucks have great big wheels? Come on Middle English, you’re letting the side down.
2: The word ‘lorry’ has a more uncertain origin, but probably has its roots in the railway industry, where the word is known to have been used in 1838 to refer to a type of rail conveyance. Thank god it that word was invented, or else where would lorry drivers have put their Yorkie bars? In their ‘Big Car Machines’? Ridiculous!
3: The most common number of gears in a truck is 10 forward and 2 reverse. For when you need to reverse and then reverse again, presumably.
4: One in every 15 working people in the USA is employed by a trucking company. So if you have 15 Americans in a room, there is a good chance one will work with trucks. And an even better chance of someone mispronouncing the word ‘herb’.
5: Driving a truck without the trailer attached is known as ‘Bobtailing’. Even more so if the driver is actually called ‘Bob’.
6: The word ‘truck’ was used as early as 1611, in reference to the special heavy duty wheels on the canon carriages of a ship. What’s wrong with ‘canon carriage wheels’? Were you that busy? You had to say ‘truck’ instead? I’m so angry right now.
7:The first motorised truck was built in 1896 by Gottlieb Daimler, who also invented the first motorbike and taxi. But never even came close to inventing the ‘Giant Warming Electrical Slipper’ which they advertise in the back of the paper, so is of no interest to me.
8:The biggest trucks in the world are used in mining, standing at more than 20 feet tall and measure about the same length as an adult humpback whale. And bizarrely both eat plankton. Oh no, sorry, it’s just the whales that eat plankton.
9: The original 1977 Mack truck from the classic trucker movie Convoy, starring Kris Kristofferson, is on display at the Museum of Transportation. I bet their gift shop is bloody brilliant.
10: In the cult TV show BJ and the Bear, B.J. was a professional freelance trucker who travelled the country with his pet chimpanzee, Bear. They don’t make them like that anymore. As there are laws stopping them.