Saracens - Saracen tank joins the shuttle fleet on Sunday

Apr 11, 2013

Saracen tank joins the shuttle fleet on Sunday


Using the Saracens Shuttle on Sunday? Well, you could be in for a treat as some lucky fans will be getting a trip Allianz Park with a difference.

The ‘Saracen Tank’ is joining the fleet of vehicles used to shuttle thousands of fans from Mill Hill Broadway, Mill Hill East and Edgware stations.

The armoured personnel carrier will be rolling into Allianz Park for Sunday’s game against Worcester Warriors, kick off 3pm.

The Saracen is a six wheeled, 12.5 tonne, armoured personnel carrier used by the British Army in military service across the world.

The tank is owned by long-term Saracens fan Mark Vickers and he will be proudly showing it off on Sunday and if you are lucky, you may even get a ride.

“I’m looking forward to rolling the ‘Saracen’ in this Sunday.  It’s the perfect Sunday for me; driving and watching Saracens hopefully win again at their wonderful new home.”

Vickers first drove this type of armoured personnel carrier when he served in Territorial Army, and he bought it his very own in 1995.

“This type of vehicle was first designed in the 1950s for the British Army and it continued into production right through to the 1970s," said Vickers. “It has a Rolls Royce B80 Engine and has direct drive to all six wheels.

“It’s the perfect vehicle.  It’s exempt from tax, it can’t be clamped and it’s very cheap to insure and not only that, it’s also named after a fantastic rugby club.”

You can view the Saracen Tank in the piazza in the North East corner of Allianz Park on Sunday.

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