A dealership has donated a 1200cc boxer engine to help college students develop their technical skills. Bowker Motorrad, on the docks in Preston, sourced the engine from a 2014 water-cooled BMW R1200GS and gave it to Myerscough College.
Belinda Oldham, head of motorsport at Myerscough, a Higher and Further Education college near Bilsborrow on the Fylde in Lancashire, said: “Our partnerships with local businesses are very important to us and this donation by Bowker Motorrad is a wonderful example. Our students enjoy the very best of theoretical and practical training but nothing can compare with getting your hands on the real thing.
“We’re building a strong reputation with our motorsport courses. It’s the perfect first step to an exciting career for our students. And the partnerships help us make the course experience even better.”
Myerscough took its first motorcycle students into the new purpose-built Motorsports Centre last year. The current group began a City and Guilds Level 2 study programme in motorcycle maintenance and repair principles. From September, the course will run at level 2 and as a level 3 diploma.
The course is designed to give students skills and knowledge in diagnosing and repairing any type of motorcycles in a safe manner including competition motorcycles.
Bowker Motorrad recently confirmed its first-ever partnership with a British Superbike championship racing team. Bowker Motorrad is partnering PR Racing for the 2017 season.
From left: Belinda Oldham, college head of motorsport; Steve Wilson, after sales manager for Bowker; motorcycle students and tutor Ian Taylor; and Bowker’s Mark Cottom