Last week the winners of the New Year Contest were invited to the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. Eight players won a fully expenses-paid trip to Tiger Day and this is what they saw during the event.
As always, London was the starting point for this trip. To get to know each other a bit better, we all went to a restaurant to talk about the trip and plan everything for the following day.
Finally the long-awaited day came and we arrived at Bovington to take part in Tiger Day. The guided tour of the museum started at 9:00am, during which we learned more about Tiger, Panzer III, Panzer IV and Panther.
After the tour, Museum Curator David Willey and Workshop Manager Mike Hayton explained the reasoning and the methods used to bring the Tiger back, as closely as possible to its original specification.
Surprise, surprise! Guess who we met? Murray Walker, a Formula One (F1) commentator and former Sherman tank commander! We just couldn't resist taking this picture:
Some of us decided to try on the uniforms of the Royal Armoured Corps. How do we look? Well, this is definitely not the way this beret should be worn:
The highlight of the day was to see Tiger 131 which took part in a 30 minute display. During this time the vehicle was examined and compared to its Axis and Allied contemporaries including the Matilda II, Panzer III, T-34 and Sherman.
At the end of the event we went to visit the restoration workshops where we were allowed to browse the facilities and examine a range of Tiger conservation artefacts. Whilst in the Workshop we had an exclusive access to the vehicles that have been used in the display and a chance to chat to the Crews.
This was a truly great experience! The tour taught us numerous things we didn’t know about a range of different tanks. For the rest of the evening, we had great time drinking beer and talking about what we saw during the tour.
But our trip to England was not only about Tiger Day. This time, we took the opportunity to organise a Community Meet-Up in Bournemouth, which is located just 40 minutes away from the Bovington Tank Museum. Over 50 World of Tanks players came along to meet us in the Goat and Tricycle pub to talk about the game and share their experience.
Here are some photos from last weekend’s event:
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank again all of our loyal fans for showing up and for making this event so special! It was lovely to meet you all and we hope to see you again soon!
We’re already looking forward to our next meeting! Keep your eyes open for more news regarding future offline community events that we’ll be organising all over Europe for all of our players.