588D Kevin Hermansen & Nick Hamilton

“The Gambler



DPS Diesel Performance Solutions, Independent Wrap, Blast & Coat, AFC Motorcycles, CowperTrucks, Rothbury Insurance Brokers

Truck Details

NameThe Gambler
Year Built2020
EngineGM LSA 6.2L Supercharged
TransmissionPowerglide with SCS Transfercase
DiffsNissan Patrol 9″ Front & Rear
LockersHowat Hydraulic Lockers
SuspensionFox Shocks, Independant Front & Rear
Wheels35×13.5-17 Mickey Thomsen Baja Pro XS on 17×10″ Beadlock Alloys


Previous DriversAccolades
Kevin Hermansen (2020-)2NZ (2022) Top 10 (2022, 2023) Suzuki Extreme 4×4 Challenge Winner (2022)

The Gambler! The first fully independent CowperTruck, it went through a troubled first season before some modifications in the winter of 2021 saw Kevin Hermansen & Nick Hamilton fight for the title in 2022!

They would ultimately claim 2NZ that season before going on to become the first CowperTruck to win the Suzuki Extreme 4×4 Challenge in 2022.

2023 was a challenging year for their high standards, finishing 6th overall.

Kevin Hermansen has been competing since 2012, starting out in the ex Hamish Auret C Class CowperTruck. Although the best years were behind the buggy, ‘Hermy’ & Kirk Grant managed to win C Class twice in 2014 & 2016, The only competitors to beat Phil ‘Fireman” Conwell in his new Homebuilt!

Hermy now with Nick Hamilton did a sole season for 2020 in “The Black Sheep”, John Cowper’s Lexus Powered, Coilsprung & Manual Box CowperTruck. For a setup that last won the title in 2008, some 12 years ago, Hermy & Hamilton manage to claim 9th Overall at seasons end and an entry to the Suzuki Extreme 4×4 Challenge, once again showcasing their skills behind the wheel.