Lancashire based Suthers Star Garage and Yokohama tyres have come to the rescue of the Bowland Mountain Pennine Rescue Team by supplying and equipping their fleet of Land Rover Defenders with multiple sets of off-road tyres.
The mountain rescue team is a charitable organisation that operates over a vast area covering 840 sq miles from the Cumbria border in the north, to the West Pennine Moors in the south. Receiving no government support and relying on the generosity of unpaid volunteers, the team approached Suthers Star Garage with a request to equip its Land Rover’s with vital new tyres needed to ensure the team could continue to reach the many remote locations it served.
Having recently started stocking Yokohama tyres, garage owner Phil Suthers contacted the tyre manufacturer about potential support and the two agreed to supply the rescue team with 18 Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tyres, ensuring full mobility for the team in all conditions to even the most inaccessible locations.
“After receiving the approach I really wanted to get involved and support the fantastic mountain rescue team,” comments Phil Suthers. “After all, you never know when you might need them yourself. I’m very thankful to Yokohama for their support too and we’re really pleased that the feedback on the tyres from the team has been incredibly positive.”
Yokohama’s Geolandar A/T G015 tyre is the flagship all-terrain product of its 4x4 range and features a number of technical innovations to deliver enhanced performance. Available in sizes ranging from 15 – 22 inches, it features the 3 peak snowflake mark and is capable of taking on the most demanding winter road conditions, including ice, snow and wet road surfaces.
Indeed, after using the tyres in snowy conditions, the rescue team contacted Phil with a note of thanks remarking that “the tyres were noticeably more grippy in the snow than the old ones on another vehicle. It helped us rescue a stranded motorist who we happened upon while out moving the vehicles!” With the tyres continuing to work incredibly well on the vehicles, the mountain rescue team have already been called out to more than 50 incidents already in 2018.