Smooth lines at Sandown

A new car­a­van is set to star at next week’s Leisurefest, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

ACOM­PANY that made its name with hard-work­ing mus­cle cars is now tap­ping Aus­tralia’s re­tire­ment road.

Bol­well, a suc­cess on race­tracks and in show­rooms, has turned from its V8 sports cars and Ken­worth truck bod­ies to new-age car­a­vans.

It is un­veil­ing a multi-func­tion towa­long called The Edge and is us­ing the Mel­bourne Leisurefest from next Thurs­day to spread the word.

The Edge is an aero­dy­namic van made from moulded com­pos­ite, de­signed for off-road work and suit­able for tow­ing by com­pact ve­hi­cles such as the Subaru Out­back.

It’s the work of Vaughan Bol­well, a de­signer with ex­pe­ri­ence in ev­ery­thing from rac­ing bi­cy­cles to trucks.

Bol­well RV says the van com­bines low weight and low drag with aero­dy­namic sta­bil­ity. It is made from moulded fi­bre­glass re­in­forced with car­bon fi­bre.

Bol­well be­gan work­ing on The Edge in 2008 and the fi­nal re­sult has sev­eral claimed in­no­va­tions. The body is bonded, not riv­eted or screwed, and is fit­ted with Bol­well’s Sure­Foot in­de­pen­dent trail­ing-arm sus­pen­sion.

Leisurefest runs at Sandown Race­course from next Thurs­day to Sun­day with a wide range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, from off-road tow­ing train­ing to a li­cence course for recre­ational boat­ing and car­a­van test tows down the Sandown straight.

There is also an off-road track run by bush-go­ing ex­perts.

See www.leisurefest.com.au.

Sharp:The Edge com­bines low weight and aero­dy­namic styling.

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