The Parts Alliance’s South West Garage and Workshop Show has returned for 2017 even ‘bigger and better’. Storm-like conditions failed to deter well over 500 garage owners and mechanics from visiting Sandy Park, home to English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, on the evening of Thursday 19 October. The event hosted garage customers invited by the nine Parts Alliance branches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – including the recently opened Midsomer Norton Branch.
Safanad, the investment firm, has acquired a controlling interest in the UK’s largest alloy wheel manufacturer, Rimstock Plc. Rimstock, which recently celebrated its 30th year in manufacturing, employs over 230 people at its facilities in the West Midlands, England and produces both aftermarket and OE wheels. According to the companies, the business will remain headquartered in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.
Three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal, who is also known for being a director of leading British wheel-maker Rimstock Wheels, is being sponsored by Delphi Product and Service Solutions and The Parts Alliance.
Autosport International, which begins today and runs into the weekend at the NEC in Birmingham, we be visited by a real collection of star drivers. Damon Hill OBE will be reunited with his winning Williams FW18 car – exactly 20 years since winning the 1996 Formula 1 World Championship. Revered triple World Champion Petter Solberg joins Hill at Autosport International and will be piloting his Citroen Xsara World Rally car around the confines of the 5000-seater Live Action Arena.
Honda (UK)’s Mean Mower (#meanmower) has officially broken the Guinness World Records title for the fastest lawnmower, averaging 116.57 mph, to break the previous record by almost 30mph. The successful Guinness World Records attempt took place under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records Adjudicator at the IDIADA Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain, on […]
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 2014 has launched at Donington Park, with a 31-car grid, running entirely to NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) specifications for the first time. The Goodyear Dunlop Group has extended its partnership with the BTCC, continuing its title sponsorship and exclusive tyre supply. The latest multi-year deal continues Dunlop’s association with the series, started at its inception in 1958. Fast fit network HiQ will continue as Team Championship sponsor.
Japfest 2: The Evolution, the second event in the Adrian Flux Auto Series for high performance Japanese cars, was launched last year at Rockingham. In 2011, the event promises to be “bigger, faster, more interactive” and will this year take place at one of UK motorsport’s heartlands, Donington Park. Readers of tyrepress.com can access specially priced tickets to the event – advance tickets cost £13 with the code MAX04. The event takes place on Sunday, 10 July.
Maxxis has announced that the British Drift Championship, for which it is a headline sponsor will be represented at Japfest 2, the second event in the Adrian Flux Auto Series for fans of high performance Japanese cars. Japfest was launched last year at Rockingham. For 2011, the event will be staged at Donington Park on Sunday, 10 July 2011. The circuit has previously hosted rounds of the BTCC, British F3, British Superbike Championship and the European Formula One Grand Prix.
Some say his work with the BBC has dried up of late, and that he’s no longer on Jeremy Clarkson’s Christmas card list – all we know, is that he’s called Ben Collins, and he’s about to make his BTCC debut. The man who gave substance to Top Gear’s tame racing driver The Stig prior to his recent ‘outing’ has decided to throw his helmet into the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship ring at Brands Hatch on October 10. This title-deciding final round of the 2010 BTCC season will see Collins driving for Kent-based Airwaves BMW.
When Tyres & Accessories last spoke with Rimstock Plc a couple of years ago, the effect of MG Rover’s collapse in 2005 was still fresh in everyone’s mind. Rimstock itself lost 10 per cent of its business overnight when the last remaining domestically owned vehicle manufacturer ended production. Two years later the wheel industry here has not completely rebounded, but the well-known West Midlands wheel producer, Britain’s largest, has managed to carve several successful niches for itself.
It would be something of an understatement to say that high raw material costs, the weak dollar and unprecedented competition from the Far East is affecting UK alloy wheel manufacturing. But, in the cases of the selection of companies that Tyres & Accessories spoke to, it is more a question of ingenuity triumphing over adversity. So, in the face of such pressing circumstances, how are UK manufacturers holding firm? Work smarter, not necessarily harder, they say.