Archive for January, 2012
A famous piece of rallying history is on display at the Adrian Flux stand at the Autosport International show at the NEC this weekend.
The show itself is a feast of the best in performance automotive excellence, and this year we’ve landed a rallying star for our stand in the shape of this superbly-restored BMW M3, pictured here in action on the track.
The M3 was launched in 1987, and is the most successful touring race car ever built. This car, chassis number M3-120207, was sold new in 1991 to the famous CiBiEmme, official race team of BMW-Italia to be entered in the Italian Superturismo.
It was raced by BMW touring car legend Roberto Ravaglia and five-time Le Mans winner Emmanuale Pirro in 1991 and 1992.
In its first year Ravaglia won the championship, beating the 450bhp Alfa 75 IMSA, before being sold to a collector, ending up as a Group A hill climb racer in France in 1994 after being sold via famous classic car dealer Jean Jacques Bailly.
In 1998 and 1999 it won the French Hill Climb Touring Car Championship, and nearly a decade later in 2007 the M3 was meticulously restored back to its original 1991 livery when raced by Ravaglia, wearing Number 1.
The show runs today and all weekend at the NEC.
We’ve teamed up with safety campaigners TyreSafe and become the first insurance broker in the UK to put our weight behind the drive to cut down the number of road deaths and injuries attributable to poorly maintained tyres.
Since it began six years ago, TyreSafe has helped reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured each year in a tyre-related accident by 38 per cent.
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “TyreSafe has been doing a great job raising the awareness about the dangers associated with illegal or defective tyres, so we’re pleased to get involved and lend our support . As a market leader, we’ve always been keen to lead where others follow, so we’re very excited to be the first insurance broker to join the organisation.
“Of course, our line of work means we see on a daily basis the human and financial cost of tyre-related accidents, many of which might have been prevented by a few simple checks which take just a matter of minutes.”
And Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “It’s more than just a case of new year, new member for TyreSafe because we are really delighted to say that this is the first insurance broker to join our ranks, which also includes car manufacturers, tyre manufacturers and retailers and public sector organisations.
“It’s especially pleasing because Adrian Flux boasts such a strong web presence, which we hope to tap in to.
“Those from the insurance sector can bring a unique insight to the issues surrounding tyre safety through their involvement with customers making motor insurance claims, particularly tyre-related ones.”
Those interested in becoming TyreSafe members should contact Christine Joyce on 0845 3016852 or visit www.tyresafe.org for more information.
TyreSafe is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and worn tyres.
In 2009, TyreSafe was awarded with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its achievements in raising awareness about the dangers associated with driving on defective and worn tyres.
TyreSafe supports the government’s ACT ON CO2 campaign which promotes Smarter Driving tips to help cut CO2 emissions from driving.
TyreSafe is a signatory to the European Road Safety Charter which aims to reduce road fatalities.
TyreSafe is a supporter of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety which aims to make roads safer and save lives.