EVERY year, Bovington Tank Museum in the UK
hosts an event known as Tankfest, with a range of different armoured fighting
vehicles out and running through their paces.
The event is partnered with World of Tanks publisher Wargaming and was originally scheduled to go ahead earlier this month, but COVID-19 wrecked that idea and so the main event has been moved to September.
That doesn’t mean tank fans have to miss
out in the meantime however, as Wargaming and The Tank Museum are bringing Tankfest
to the digital world between June 26 and 28.
In an announcement today, Wargaming said:
“As the partner and co-host, World of Tanks is proud to make this virtual
experience become reality, using its vast technical and publishing expertise to
bring Tankfest to fans across the globe.
event will take place on Sunday, June 28, for a unique online experience
at the museum – where the famous Arena Show will be recreated via livestream
for a rare demonstration of The Tank Museum’s tanks in action. The show will be
presented by World of Tanks’ own Richard Cutland and The Tank Museum
Curator, David Willey, who will cast an experienced eye over the proceedings.
Tanks will also be bringing a new dimension to this years’ event, introducing
tank comparisons during the livestream – using the game engine to pit the top
tanks against one another. From Tiger to T-34/85 – World of Tanks will help to
educate audiences with exciting showdowns and blazing battles that showcase the
strengths and weaknesses of these armoured legends. Stunning education with
facts and figures about the steel monsters from the past!”
Tank Museum director Richard Smith
said the museum was pleased to be able to bring to event to its fans, even
given the difficult times.
“World of Tanks has allowed us to
create an online Tankfest experience that will bring our famous Arena Show to
life for fans across the world – whilst their fundraising efforts will allow us
to show our collection for many years to come,” he said.
Wargaming Europe military relations
head Richard Cutland said it was a privilege to support Tankfest in a virtual
event, alongside the long-time support for the physical event.
“By using our digital and publishing
experience, we are excited to help educate our audiences on the amazing history
of these tanks and are lucky to work with the educational professionals at The
Tank Museum to conserve this fascinating history,” he said.
“From the tank comparisons to
exciting in-game events for players, this will be the most multi-faceted
As per Wargaming’s announcement:
“The Tankfest partnership is not the only addition to a long relationship between World of Tanks and The Tank Museum, as the World of Tanks team have also created a special Premium Shop offer, rewarding players with the Tiger 131 – while the proceeds of the sales will go directly to The Tank Museum. Players can follow the portal news for more information about the bundles, as well as other in-game events here.
will be streamed via World of Tanks’ usual platforms, as well as those of The
Tank Museum, so all can take part from the comfort of home.
And there will be a lot to take part in! Following the streams with The Tank Museum, there will be more tank action with The World of Tanks team on Twitch and YouTube. Check out our streaming hub here. “
As someone who attended Tankfest 2017 as a guest of Wargaming, I can confirm the physical event is a fantastic experience for any armour enthusiast, so it’s good to see something with livestreams and the like being planned ahead of the rescheduled physical event.