Is Driving a Tank Something You Would Find Liberating, Or Is It Just Too Macho?

How much fun would it be to drive an authentic military tank?

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to drive an authentic military tank? Well, if that’s something you have ever been curious to try, Drive A Tank which is based in Kasota, Minnesota, is offering anyone who would like an “adrenaline-inducing quasi-military adventure” that very opportunity. The company, which is “family owned and operated,” boasts that they are the only US based company currently offering its clients the opportunity to, “Experience real armored tanks up close and personal … You can even crush a car or two!” They have also recently added a Russian-designed T-55AM Main Battle Tank, named “Red Dawn” to their fleet. Co-Owner Tony Borglum says, “I’m a big fan of main battle tanks. Their sheer power and enormous size make them formidable on the battle field and a lot of fun to drive at our facility because they’re basically indestructible.  Anyone who has experienced one of these tanks can tell you they loved the feeling of invincibility.”

Do you think this would this be a fun experience? And if so, why?

Does it feel “macho”? Like something only males would want to do?

Do you think there is any value, other than the thrill, to an experience like this?

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  1. No, thanks. I’d be thinking the whole time about the MPG.

  2. I would totally fucking do that. No shit. I would. (Pardon my tank driving talk.)

  3. How can you ask “too macho”? Fire a few HE rounds into a Klan meeting wouldn’t be too macho….
    Get your picture taken driving a tank wearing nothing but boots, a Rambo knife & a loin cloth wouldn’t be too macho….. With a $20 cigar between your teeth waving one of Patton’s pearl handled revolvers…..

  4. It wouldn’t be too macho if you ask me. You know sometimes a guy is just interested in something for reasons other than “it’s mainly targeted at guys”. Damn.

    But would I drive it? Only if I could fire the gun. But since that is highly unlikely then I would probably not get to.

  5. What a weird pair of choices. It would be neither “too macho” nor “liberating.” It would just be totally badass.

  6. Meh. Doesn’t interest me. And worrying about being “macho” is pathetic; only losers do that.

  7. Man, it’s not all that’s it’s cracked up to be. Take it from a tanker who has countless hours behind the T handles…yeah that’s right no steering wheel.

  8. Interesting – either you must find it “liberating”, or “too macho”. I personally don’t think it would be liberating, or very interesting, but if you like, by all means go a ahead. However, I don’t see it as “macho”, either. It’s just something that I’m sure lots of dudes (and gals) would find fun. And some not so much.

    Why the need to cast it in extremely gendered terms?

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