My new addiction is a legal high – Bowler Defender Rally Series

“The Girl In A Bowler” happened! As a petrolhead whose bedroom wall as a 14-year-old was covered in Bowler Wildcat posters, even writing this pretty much blows my mind!

The girl on a bike Swapping my bike for Bowler Defender Rally Series

I can only describe rally driving with four wheels as being like LEGAL CRACK!! The buzz, the high, adrenaline of 2.3 tonnes is simply like nothing else!! There is going to be a full behind-the-scenes video series so follow Bowler Motors and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the action! This is the second video in the series but there are lots to come as I take on the UK rally series in the Bowler Defender rally car!

After a bitterly cold weekend in south Wales at Walters arena with @bowlermotors for the first round of the Defender Rally series I can confirm both me and the car survived! Having raced two and three wheels, I’ve taken on the mission to get 4 wheels under my belt.

I went into the weekend feeling like a rabbit in a headlight… ‘nervous’ would be an understatement. However, the Bowler program is designed for novices or competition veterans alike. Bowlers have basically taken a homologated Defender, stripped it back, designed, developed, and built the first production rally car in the world, AND THEN wrapped a full rally support offering around it!! Everything you need to go into a rally on four wheels! MENTAL.

The girl on a bike Swapping my bike for Bowler Defender Rally Series 1

They provide full training from navigation to wheel changes, to reading the terrain and picking the best lines, and will even pair you up with a co-pilot. The paddock is fully equipped with the highest skilled team you can imagine…straight out of the Land Rover Bowler engineering team! Even onsite catering for happy bellies.

My new addiction is like a legal high

And don’t worry there will be no less biking!! Number of vehicles … N+1=🏍️🚘🤪)
I’ve named him “Big Boy”….He’s a Bowler Defender 90 rally car… and yes I’m a driver (and I name everything)! I’m teaming up with the experience of Bowler to join their Customer Training program for 2023 and taking on the challenge to complete the UK rally series in this 2.3-tonne 300hp monster!! Have I ever raced 4×4 before? NO! But heck, everyone has to start somewhere, and with Bowler, I’ll have more experience than you can shake a stick at to coach me from zero knowledge to racing…so let’s go!!

Massive thanks to my copilot Cuming for trusting me enough to take on the challenge with me at round one.

Bowler Defender Rally Series

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

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