Innovative design takes team on the road to success

Caistor Crawlers team members Fred Holmes, George Dray and Ryan Laycock, with David Pover, PVT Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood, left, and Tony Pennington, WNT.
Caistor Crawlers team members Fred Holmes, George Dray and Ryan Laycock, with David Pover, PVT Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood, left, and Tony Pennington, WNT.
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A team of young engineers from Caistor Grammar School has got through to the final of a national technology competition.

The Caistor Crawlers beat off strong competition in the Northern Regional Final of the 4x4 in Schools Challenge with a remote controlled 4x4 vehicle they designed and manufactured.

Team members Ryan Laycock, George Dray and Fred Holmes, all aged 14, also collected the Best Engineering Award at the event held at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Liverpool.

“I can’t believe we’ve won,” said Fred.

“It’s great that our hard work over the past six months has paid off.”

“The secret to our success was good planning, team work and a very good steering system,” added team mate George.

“I’d recommend this competition to everyone.”

The Caistor team was one of 16 taking part from across the north of England, who each designed and built remote controlled four wheel drive vehicles.

Their work was scrutinised by an expert panel, who gave the cars a thorough and intensive examination against a comprehensive set of rules and regulations.

The most nerve-wracking element of the competition came when they drove their bespoke designed vehicle on a model off-road track, with a variety of surfaces and obstacles for the vehicle to tackle.

“I’ve really enjoyed competing today,” said George.

“It was good seeing the other teams’ vehicles and driving our car around the track.”

“We had a brilliant day,” added Ryan.

“This has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

The team is now preparing for the 4x4 in Schools National Final, which will be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel London.

The winning team will have the chance to win a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams College as well as several other coveted prizes.