JCB Dumper Truck Racing Experience Days
They say the best things come in small packages, and these awesome little machines are the proof in the pudding. What’s not to love about getting low down and dirty in a dinky dumper truck? Dumper truck racing is good honest salt of the earth fun and great for guys and gals alike. Ladies – why not prove that dumper trucks aren’t just for guys? Or treat your other half to a macho day out? Bring your mettle and get ready to rumble with these mini monsters that come with bucketfuls of grit and grrrr. Don’t expect any serene Sunday driving with air con and Radio 4. Weighing in at just over one tonne, these tiny tearaways punch well above their weight, serving up tonnes of torque and stacks of knockout fun. Experience compact control and show-stopping shenanigans in these dinky dumpers which are guaranteed to give you a muddy good day out.
Dumper Truck Racing In a Nutshell…
- Learn how to drive and control a dumper truck
- Race around a course against the clock
- Compete in at least 2 heats
- Heat winners compete in a Grand Final
- Family and friends can spectate for free
The Dumper Racing Experience
There aren’t many reasons not to go dumper truck racing. First and foremost, it’s fun. Secondly it’s easy peasy, even your Nan could do it (be afraid – she might just be there). With two joysticks to control your direction, you really don’t need to be Schumacher to master these mini machines. The controls are pretty simple – you’ve got one that goes forwards or backwards, and another for left or right. Piece of cake. The real skill is keeping a lid on your competitive streak. It’s not just about speed – it’s about precision too, so you’ll need to call up all your cunning to complete the course penalty-free and in pole position.
Guys – these are real JCB dumper trucks with all the macho trimmings. Four-wheel drive, tons of torque, roll cages, the lot. Girls – they’re seriously cute. You’ve probably seen their big brothers rumbling about on construction sites. These mini dumper trucks are the real McCoy with tractor tyres and scoops and JCB logos and hard hats – everything you’d expect from an earth-shovelling JCB, just in miniature. And minus the wolf whistling.
If you’ve never done anything like this before this is a great introduction to the sport of kings. It’s easier to master Dumper Trucks than JCB Digger Racing as the machines are smaller and easier to manoeuvre. It’s a tad cheaper too. But rest assured, there’s no compromise on fun. Dumper Truck Racing is all about full-on FUN in big shouty capitals. You can whip these little machines around in the mud with fingertip controls, get your foot down for a sprint finish and blast past the opposition. It’s the best fun you’ve ever had in a vehicle since you first stepped in a Dodgem. Just don’t try to ride dumpers like Dodgems because they don’t bounce. And they’re expensive (starting at around £20,000 each). And you’ll get in trouble.
Anyway, down to business. Here’s what happens on the day. You’ll be entering Diggerland after hours so you can waltz in like a celeb while Joe Public is being shown out (cue smug grin). On arrival at the dumper racing enclosure you’ll get the chance to meet your instructors and check out your steed, so don’t be late – your adversaries will be doing the exact same thing. Give yourself the best advantage – get there on time and don’t give them an inch. You’ll undergo a safety briefing and an introduction to dumper trucks, then it’s time to get kitted out – hard hats ‘n all – ready to get behind the wheel of your mighty machine.
Once inside, your instructors will show you the ropes. They’re a patient lot who live, breathe and dream dumper trucks so listen up, pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask daft questions. Then, it’s time to get serious. You’ll split off into groups of 3 or 4 ready to face off for the first of two competitive heats. There’s no ‘I’ in team but there’s a ‘me’ if you look hard enough, so now’s the time to get selfish. You’ll race around an obstacle course against the clock and against the other dumper drivers, and your aim is to get round penalty-free with a good enough qualifying time for the Grand Final. Grand it most certainly is, and there’s a certificate up for grabs as well as eternal bragging rights, so the pressure’s on. It’s you and you alone against the Diggerland massive so remember your training, keep your eyes on the prize and get stuck in.
Your trusty steed for an evening of sheer stress-releasing truckin’ bliss is a JCB Robot, otherwise known as a Skid Steer Loader. These one tonne beasts happily shift dirt, blast up stupidly steep angles and haul heavy loads around from dawn ’til dusk. They might be tiny but they’re tough, true and tonnes of fun. What’s not to love?
Stuff You Need to Know
The end-to-end Dumper Truck Racing experience lasts for around two and a half hours. You should aim to get there around 30 minutes before your given time to make sure you arrive chilled and stress-free, minus any road rage. You’ll need a clear head and plenty of focus to make it through to the Grand Final, so give yourself plenty of time.
There’s one course with multiple groups and competitive heats (there can be up to 30 people taking part) so you’ll have some time to step back and scrutinise the competition when you’re not driving your dastardly dumper. During that downtime and for the benefit of your cheering fans, there is covered seating available. But viewing is limited and you’re much better off watching outdoors, so take our advice and come prepared. Bring waterproofs, boots, umbrellas and spare socks. This is Britain after all. That way, you can stand outside and catch ALL the action. If it really is stair-rods out there, it’s worth calling Diggerland before you set off to make sure it’s still on. Bear in mind though that these JCBs are built for much worse than a British summer and dumper truck racing goes ahead pretty much regardless, so expect to get wet and muddy in the name of victory.
On the subject of terrain, dumper racing takes place on mixed ground depending on the venue (see more below under ‘The Venue’).
The experience usually takes place between May and October, typically once a month on Saturday evenings. Participants must be aged 17 years or older and hold a full driver’s license. Eligibility aside, any would-be dumper truck driver should be up for a bit of a giggle and shouldn’t mind getting their hands dirty. It’s competitive but it’s also meant to be fun with all ages and abilities taking part – so bring a sense of humour and just enjoy yourself.
On a serious note, it’s not suitable for those who suffer from epilepsy or other medical conditions which make it unsafe to drive. It’s bumpy as the ground is purposefully rough, so bear this in mind if you suffer from back trouble. If you have a medical condition or if you’re in any doubt, make sure you inform the supplier at the time of booking.
As for your army of cheering fans, they’ll get to come and watch you for free (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Dumper truck racing takes place in the evening after Diggerland has closed for the day, so while you and your guests won’t get to go on any other Diggerland rides or attractions, it means they all get free entry to watch you thrash it out in the Sporting Spectacle Of The Year. No pressure then.
Ice Road Truckers, eat your heart out. If great entertainment to you means getting up close and personal with big, rumbling diggers and earth-shakin’ excavators, Diggerland is probably your idea of heaven. It’s an adventure park with a difference. Little kids and big kids alike can enjoy loads of cool rides and attractions, or just stand in the awesome shadow of a real JCB earth-mover. Yep. And exhale…
Diggerland has four locations – Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire – with dumper truck racing taking place at each location. At Devon, Yorkshire and Kent, dumper racing is held on either a loose surfaced area or a grass field, while at Durham, it’s on a tarmac surface. If you really don’t like getting your hands dirty, may we suggest you opt for the tarmac track.
Will I drive a real dumper truck?
Yes. It’s typically a JCB dumper truck, also known as a Robot or a Skid Steer Loader (make of that what you will). You won’t just drive it, you’ll race it too – hence the name Dumper Truck Racing.
What happens if it rains?
You get wet. Seriously, if you’re prepared to let a bit of drizzle ruin your day, it’s best you try another less-exciting experience. Man up and wear a poncho. A bright yellow one if possible to match with your machine.
I’m not very competitive…
This is a race, but it’s also a lot of fun. Most dumper truck racing veterans reckon it’s much less intimidating than JCB digger racing because dumpers are smaller, lower to the ground and easier to control than diggers. Just give it a go. If you really don’t like it, chalk it up to experience and next time, choose a manicure instead.
Is it open to hen or stag parties?
Oh yes. Forget spa days and weekends in Prague – that’s so yesterday. Do something really different and treat your stags and hens to an evening of dumper truck racing. Even better, why not book the place to yourself and pit the stag and hen against each other? Just remember we’re not responsible for sore losers or any prenuptial post-race tension.
What if I need to cancel my booking?
Far be it from us to pass judgement, but, really? We’re disappointed in you. If you seriously can’t be there (*sigh*) make sure you call Diggerland and ‘fess up as soon as possible. They’ll explain what you need to do and will release your place to someone else. As for you, here’s a hanky.
- 30 September 2017
- 2018 dates to follow soon
- 2 September 2017
- 30 September 2017
- 2018 dates to follow soon
- 26 August 2017
- 9 September 2017
- 2018 dates to follow soon
Buy a voucher today and book later! Most of our suppliers offer vouchers that last until May 2018, with some lasting up to August 2018. This is ideal for giving as a unique special gift!
These dates and times may change and will be confirmed when you book your experience through your provider. Events are booked on a first-come first-served basis so the dates listed above may be fully booked. Book early to avoid disappointment.
What We Think of JCB Dumper Truck Racing Experience Days
We have rated this experience 5 out of 5 stars. These light and nibble machines are very quick and nimble. Using joysticks to control the machine rather than a steering wheel means you'll need good hand-eye co-ordination to manoeuvre around the obstacles. These are less intimidating in size to a JCB 3CX digger used in Digger Racing so it is a great starter experience to begin with if the thought of racing a full-sized digger scares you. This experience is great for men and women alike.
Reviewed by David Fiske on .
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