Dawson Shatters Records

Dawson Shatters Records

Ford Mondeo hybrid, fuelled with Gulf Endurance, achieves staggering 123.77 mpg

Former World Championship rally driver and team manager turned economy driving specialist Andy Dawson shattered all the records at this year’s Layer Marney Cup, the historic Essex-based fuel trial which was first run in 1914. The event was revived in 2015 and now takes place annually.

Running on Gulf Endurance premium unleaded, Milton Keynes-based Dawson achieved an amazing fuel consumption of 123.77 mph for the 80-mile route through Essex and Suffolk. He also shattered the all-time record for the ton miles per gallon measurement at 229.98. Dawson has been a regular winner on the MPG Marathon and was the first driver on that event to achieve over 100 mpg – in a Ford Fiesta diesel.

Commented the former rally and race driver, “The Mondeo hybrid proved the ideal vehicle and while the route was short compared with our normal economy runs, it was very tricky including lots of villages and a drive through Colchester town centre.”

The event started at Gulf’s Pump Hill Service Station in St Osyths and although the top honours were reserved for modern cars, the undoubted stars of the show were the fabulous parade of veteran and classic cars which included a 1914 Model T Ford, a 1928 Bugatti type 44 and 1947 Lancia Aprilia.

Our very own Steve Caley (Area Business Manager- East) competed with his son in his immaculately turned out 1998 Mini Cooper Sport. Steve White, General Manager-East, coordinated Gulf’s involvement and presented Gulf goody bags to the winners in each category: “Everything went to plan, it was a superb turn out with records broken. With such a strong network of Gulf forecourts across the region it’s good to involve ourselves in initiatives that positively promote the brand and Gulf fuels.”