S.Atlantic : Safe and Skilled Driving Competition Report
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Juanita Brock) 20.08.2004 (Article Archived on 03.09.2004)
The Commander British Forces hosted a Winter Safe and Skilled Driving Competition on Saturday 8 August 2004 to promote road safety and to test drivers’ skills on a wide range of vehicles and challenges.
Photo(c) Crown Copyright Manoeuvering a Quad Bike
SAFE AND SKILLED DRIVING COMPETITION
Quad and cones
The Commander British Forces hosted a Winter Safe and Skilled Driving Competition on Saturday 8 August 2004 to promote road safety and to test drivers’ skills on a wide range of vehicles and challenges. The day, although cold and windy, was well supported by teams from the Units and the wives based the Mount Pleasant Complex, from Ascension Island, and the Royal Falkland Islands Police, eagerly competing for the prizes including Landrover clothing kindly provided by the event sponsor, the Falkland Islands Company.
Shiralee Colins disposing of a scrap Land Rover
The competition comprised teams touring 8 stands ranging from driving the huge Royal Engineers dumper truck to riding a quad bike. Other stands included driving the all-terrain BV206 tracked vehicles through a slalom course; carrying out a 3-point turn and reversing a Citroen Belingo into a garage; recovering a Landrover from soft ground using winch and tackle; and a test on the Highway Code.
The Resident Rapier Squadron won the competition with the winners of the summer competition, the Falkland Islands Air Wing, coming a close second. Best overall driver was Shiralee Collins of the RFIP. She was awarded with driving the Royal Engineers heavy armoured engineer tractor to dispose of a scrapped Land Rover in a dramatic way.
Air Cdr. Lacey, CBF, highlighted the importance of road safety to military personnel driving in the Falkland Islands and his drive to reduce the cost and injuries resulting road traffic accidents. Due to local measures and education, the number of accidents has greatly reduced this year. Mr Stephen Luxton, representing the FIC, presented the prizes and shield to the top teams.
Land Rover Recovery
Squadron Leader Andrew Gransden, SO2 J4 ESQA