The Vintage wheel range produced by Alcar Wheelwright brand Calibre is described as a best-selling product. Introduced just over a year ago, the Vintage range’s retro styling has endeared it with owners of a broad spectrum of vehicles, from Mini Coopers through to Sierra Cosworths and a plethora of kit cars. The original 17-inch fitments have now been complemented by new staggered 18-inch sizes. Both the 17 and 18-inch versions are available in 8 and 9-inch widths and with a wide range of four and five stud PCDs available ex-stock. Blank rims for drilling can also be supplied.
Alcar Wheelwright’s Calibre range has announced a new alloy model: the retro-design Bomb. The 7×15” rim “points the way forward for [the Calibre range’s] new season collection”, according to the company. It has an eight-spoke face with pseudo-split rim bolts, giving it a “race-ready demeanour”. The Bomb enters the market priced £93 (excluding VAT), and Calibre says its “4×100 PCD makes it perfect for many core tuner, Honda, BMW and VAG rides”.
Exide has appointed a new national sales manager. Effective February 8, this position rests in the hands of Heath Ghent, who, according to the battery supplier, brings with him a wealth of experience. Ghent’s previous roles include senior sales and marketing positions in a variety of companies, including Aggreko Ltd and Air Products PLC, servicing customers in a wide cross section of market sectors.
Avon Tyres were the dominant rubber at the recent Goodwood Revival. All top ten finishers rode on Avon tyres, while the top five were utilising a new race version of the 100/90-19 Roadrider on the rear, with an AM20 front. Top slot went to a Fred Walmsley machine, ridden by 1987 500cc GP champion Wayne Gardner. Walmsley remarked, “I know this is classic racing, but I’ve been using Avons and helping to develop them for the last 30 years. In all that time, I have to admit this recent development is truly impressive. In the past we’ve never had all the range of fitments we’ve required, but now we can get Avon’s latest in 18- and 19-inch sizes which are perfect for us – and they suit the bikes a treat! On classic machinery, no-one makes the original tyres anymore, so you’ve always got a trade-off when selecting rubber, but over the last 12 months Avon’s products have really come on.”
Back in March, Banbury-based Norbar Torque Tools Limited was named the regional winner in the £5-25m turnover category of the Coutts Prize for Family Business 2008/9. On 24th June, the company went one better when it was awarded the national title of Best UK Family Business in the same category. Norbar won the national title against strong competition from knitwear manufacturer John Smedley and specialist pharmaceutical and medical supplies distributor Durbin Plc. The national finals were held at the Coutts headquarters on the Strand in London.
Norbar employs 200 people in Banbury, with a further 90 staff within its sales companies in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. The company's philosophy is about providing customers with high quality value for money products and services whilst being committed to the principals of environmental sustainability.
For some 37 years the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has existed as a US based independent, non-profit organisation whose main purpose has been to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. At present, about 400,000 professionals hold current certifications. On June 22, Bridgestone announced that Glenn Dahl, senior coordinator of Technical Educations for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) has been appointed to the ASE Board of Directors.
Nationwide Autocentre has named 19 year old trainee mechanic Ayaz Khalid as its first ‘Apprentice of the Year.’ Ayaz Khalid, currently training at the Redditch centre in the West Midlands, won the title from the UK’s leading MOT and car servicing specialist, where he is currently studying for the third year of his apprenticeship programme. The competition was made up of 13 second and third year young apprentices, chose from a pool of 200. All had been nominated by their regional or centre manager.
Duncan Wilkes, CEO of Nationwide Autocentre, commented: “The day was a real success and the calibre of candidates that took part really highlighted the talent we have within our apprenticeship scheme. The tasks were not easy, many of the third year challenges were set at master technician level, which is the highest level a mechanic can reach. Ayaz was a well deserved winner; he showed great flair for the job and it was clear he was performing well above the level he is currently at within the apprenticeship programme.”
ATS Euromaster has made its third significant appointment to its national sales team in four months signalling the clearest indication yet of its plans to become market leaders in the fleet car and commercial vehicle tyre service sectors.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named Marc O Voorhees as vice president of finance for North America. Voorhees comes to Goodyear from Eastman Kodak Company, where he was most recently operations manager, Digital & Film Imaging Systems European Region based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Honeywell Friction Materials has completed its new management team by announcing Scott Buckhout as vice president and general manager, Europe region and Eric Rozier as vice president and general manager, Americas region. The appointments come just two months after the company named Laura Ulz president.