Earlier this month Bowler hosted its first Safari Weekend in association with the Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club and Dartmoor 4×4. Held in the foothills of Dartmoor, we ran three safaris during the weekend over the 400 acre farm estate. Racers from across the South West battled against our Bowler Team members for top honours. Friday evening saw the cars racing into the dusk and proved a real warm up for the following two days. Liam Griffin piloted the Bowler V6 110, coming home third overall. The crews had to combat dusty conditions to get to the finish and then to be rewarding back at Dartmoor 4×4 HQ with some great refreshments and a social evening.
Day two saw us running on a longer course with even more challenges. Run over eighteen laps, this really tested the drivers’ consistency and the vehicles’ reliability. All the drivers really enjoyed the course layout which encompassed both open fields and technical woodland driving. Sadly, course penalties cost Liam a podium finish, but a useful education in course rules and avoiding tape! The service crew looked after the car admirably with only a front diff change in the afternoon. After a hot day in the rolling Devon hills all the participants and marshals enjoyed a great social evening whilst crews prepared the cars again for the final days competition.
Day three saw a modified course run from the Saturday and everybody immediately on the pace vying for top honours. After the previous days course infringements, Liam and his co-pilot Rob were keen to make no errors and set the early pace for others to catch. The Bowler V6 110 performed impeccably even up against some big specialist built cars, as Liam proceeded to extend his lead throughout the day. Our very own staff members Jon Sprackling and George Grey had a great weekend in the Coles Automotive Bowler Defender Challenge Car, gaining valuable experience and more ideas for further exciting Bowler projects.
To top the weekend off Liam and Rob took over all honours on the final day showing a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field. This was a great opportunity to support UK Off Road Motorsport and show the wide range of events that the Bowler stable of cars are capable of competing in.
Thanks again to the Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club and Dartmoor 4×4 for supporting such a successful weekend.
Dave Marsh, Head of Motorsport.