Land Rover Tomcat 100
- Mileage: 10,064
- Year: 1962
- MOT Expiry: N/A
- Exterior Colour: White
- Interior Colour: Black Leather Recaro
- Top speed: TBC
- 0-60mph: TBC
- BHP: 110 (est.)
- Transmission: 5-Speed R380 Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2495cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged 4 In-line
Tomcats are excellent 4x4 Land Rover-based vehicles. Whether for on-road, off-road, or wanted just as a fun 4x4, Tomcats are by far the most popular 4x4 kit in the UK today. All Tomcats are built using an original vehicle chassis from the Land Rover, Range Rover, or Discovery. The 100 is one of the most popular of the Tomcat range and uses the 100-inch wheelbase chassis from a classic Range Rover or Discovery. The Tomcat 100 was introduced in 1997.
TOMCAT MOTORSPORT LTD
Tomcat Motorsport Ltd was formed in April 2001 by Paul Williamson and Steve Wells following the purchase of the rights for the Tomcat from Drew Bowler. The Tomcat was originally designed by Drew Bowler as an 88-inch wheelbase vehicle for the Association of Land Rover Clubs (ARC) events. The Bowler, as it was named then, was an affordable and competitive answer to many people’s 4x4 requirements.
The Tomcat name came about when Drew decided to form the Bowler Off-Road brand. This meant that he needed to distinguish between his original vehicle, which utilised a Range Rover chassis, and his next development of a tubular chassis-based racer. The later vehicle was named the Bowler Wildcat and the earlier one became the Bowler Tomcat, however both vehicle types still shared the same skeleton frame design. At this time there were only two wheelbase lengths available, the 88” and the 100”.
BRITISH CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
The BCCC is the UK's premier off-road racing championship and is officially sanctioned by the MSA. BCCC events are competitive safaris that consist of off-road vehicles, which are modified for competition use, being timed around a set course. For BCCC rounds competitors typically do 10-14 runs of a 6-8 mile course. The courses used in the BCCC are usually based on forestry land and generally consist of gravel forest roads interspersed with technical off-road sections. None of the BCCC events use public roads.
The cars used in the BCCC range from fairly standard vehicles through to highly modified “prototypes”. As the BCCC events do not use public roads it is not necessary for the cars to be road legal, although they must comply with the MSA blue book/championship regulations ensuring that all safety requirements are satisfied.
Discovery 300TDi engine, Five-speed R380 Land Rover gearbox, Uprated turbo, Uprated fuel pump, Heavy-duty clutch kit, Heavy-duty timing belt kit, Heavy-duty steering and suspension, Ashcroft diffs front and rear, Ashcroft half shafts front and rear, Recaro sports seats in black leather, 5-point TRS harnesses, Sparco steering wheel, Terraphone intercom, 16-inch Freestyle alloy wheels in white, Roof-mounted spare wheel, Competition mud flaps, Removable doors with sliding windows, First aid kit, Fire extinguishers, Battery cut-off, OK/SOS board, Reversing camera.
This striking Tomcat 100 is fully off-road and rally prepared with the added benefit of being road legal. The chassis and skeleton look great in red while the plain white body is ready for the new keeper’s livery of choice. The Tomcat Motorsport panels are glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) throughout, so they’re lightweight and easily replaced. Understandably there are some cosmetic battle scars to report, this example having previously competed in the Britpart MSA British Cross-Country Championship.
The purposeful cockpit is equipped with driver and passenger Recaro seats, 5-point TRS harnesses, two fire extinguishers, an intercom, first aid kit, and a full roll cage. There are no luxury items to be found, but the cage is padded and all the switchgear is pleasingly close to hand. Looking closer there’s a nice level of patina to report, perfectly in line with a vehicle of this nature. A handy reversing camera has been fitted to ease parking.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting off the fibreglass bonnet you’ll find Land Rover’s bulletproof 300TDi engine. The 2.5-litre 300TDi was a vast improvement over its predecessor, the 200TDi, boasting stronger components, more efficient combustion, and simpler construction making it easier to work on – especially out in the field. Mated to a hand-built R380 Land Rover gearbox with a heavy-duty clutch, this unit features an uprated turbo, uprated fuel pump, and a heavy-duty timing belt kit.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Tomcat sits on 16-inch Freestyle alloys painted in white. There are a few age-related marks to speak of but generally they present well, all finished with the correct Land Rover centre caps. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Kuhmo Road Venture MT tyres with ample tread remaining. The brakes feature drilled discs front and rear and the calipers are painted in yellow.
This beast of a Land Rover was built to its current Tomcat specification by a Wales-based 4x4 specialist a number of years ago. Retaining a Series IIA chassis number it’s registered as a 1962 historic vehicle. As such it sports a desirable 5-digit period registration number and the road tax is free of charge. It was built to compete in the Britpart MSA British Cross-Country Championship but is still very much road legal.
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