Dunlop has hailed the official birthday party for Harley-Davidson a success after over 100,000 visitors reportedly attended the ‘Celebrating 115 years of Freedom’ festival in Prague, Czech Republic. Dunlop maintained a strong presence at the event, with its official motorsport tyre fitting service on site. The Dunlop team also displayed the brand’s extensive range of exclusive co-branded Harley-Davidson tyres.
Melksham Motor Spares, one of the South West Region’s largest independent motor factors, has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a record-breaking trade show for customers. More than 350 customers and guests attended the invitation-only event, held at Melksham Town Football Club’s new £7.3 million facility.
Falken will contest its 20th season at the 2018 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race and subsequent VLN Endurance Championship. The Falken Motorsports driver line-up, which has been altered for 2018, are competing in its two GT3 cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 and BMW M6 GT3. Falken has also produced a video to mark the occasion of two decades on the Nordschleife “Green Hell”.
Tyresure Ltd is celebrating its 10-year anniversary during May. Since the early days of the TPMS aftermarket in 2008, Tyresure has grown to become recognised as a European leader in the supply of TPMS solutions to the automotive aftermarket – and 2018 marks their 10th year of success in the industry.
Dunlop has partnered with contemporary British automotive artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour to produce a special series of BTCC paintings that celebrate 60 years of touring car racing. The artwork is being created in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
In addition to its latest motorsport developments, Yokohama used the Autosport International show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its flagship Advan car tyre range, launching a runflat version of the leading Advan Sport V105 tyre. Available in a number of key sizes from 16” – 20”, the Advan Sport V105 ZPS is designed as a replacement tyre for a number of rear wheel drive executive saloons fitted with runflat tyres as standard, the manufacturer states.
A new logo has been created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Yokohama ‘Advan’ tyre brand. It will be used throughout 2018 as a means for Yokohama Rubber to express its “gratitude to the many people in Japan and abroad who have helped make Advan a hit brand that has been loved for over 40 years.”
Banner Batteries ended 2017 on a double high. In addition to 2017 marking the 80th anniversary of its foundation in 1937, the company has witnessed the 80 millionth battery roll off its Austrian production line.
2 January 2018 is a very special day in the history of Ulster Tyres. 40 years ago the company was founded by husband and wife team Joe and Brighid McGinley. Joe was a director for a local tyre company and seen the opportunities in the tyre trade. Tentatively they opened the business in 1978 beside Whitehouse Motors in Ballybofey.
This year Stapleton’s celebrates 80 years since Sydney Stapleton set up his business in a simple parade of shops at 195 High Street, Watford in 1937. An entrepreneur of terrific dynamism and foresight, he was among the few to spot and take advantage of the fast-growing market for tyres. A decade on, in the post WWII years, the company’s total weekly wage bill amounted to the princely sum of £20. It’s safe to say in this 80th anniversary year the wage bill’s grown considerably now Stapleton’s employs some 1,100 staff at eight regional sales offices and eleven distribution hubs nationwide. It’s also safe to suggest that Sydney Stapleton would be staggered by the scale of his old business, with a current stock capacity of 1.5 million tyres available at any given time.
To celebrate its centenary, Trico will be giving away a box of Trico beer Brand 17 to the first 10 people to visit its stand on each day and sign up to its mailing list, during Mechanex Sandown. In addition, every other visitor who signs up over the course of the two-day event will go into a prize draw, with the chance to win one of the extra boxes on offer.
When Sydney Stapleton set up his business in a simple shop parade at 195 High Street, Watford in 1937 he was one of a number of businessmen taking advantage of the growing market for tyres. Growing his business through the 1950s and ‘60s, his personal renown as one of the industry’s most dynamic characters and an entrepreneur of considerable foresight followed. The location of its headquarters in the vicinity of the M1 is testament to this – in the 1960s Stapleton’s supplied replacement earthmover tyres used to build the Watford-Milton Keynes stretch of the motorway.
Grouptyre founding member Bush Tyres is celebrating 70 years in business this year. The family-owned company has earned a reputation as Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire’s leading independent tyre specialist, in both retail and wholesale, with its place within Grouptyre helping to form a nationally successful business.