Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Our first thank you page to our sponsors

Over the last couple of weeks we've been saying thank you to our sponsors on Facebook to show our appreciation for the help and support they've given Les and The Ultimate Challenge.  We're aware that some of our supporters don't use Facebook so I'm putting the thank you messages on here in two sections, the first are as follows ...

Precise Sheet Metal
PRECISE SHEETMETAL ENGINEERING, founded in 1995 offer an efficient, reliable and cost-effective source for all sheet metal and engineering needs. The Ultimate Challenge has benefited greatly from their flexibility, expertise and first class service. Although the Jimnys are to be kept basically standard Robert Rickman and Nick have bought their engineering experience and expertise to ensure the Jimnys are equipped for some of the harsh geography they might travel through by fitting bespoke heavy duty bumpers, lightweight roof trays and a gate fitted to the back bumper to carry a spare wheel. Their years of experience has helped Les turn his ideas into quality upgrades for the Jimnys. The support doesn't end there though, the freedom they have given Les of their workshop and tools, time, tea and kitkats goes way beyond that of a sponsor. Les and the guys at Precise Sheetmetal Engineering have become firm friends. It's support like this that is the make or break many projects and we truly grateful for the depth and breadth of their support. 

We happily recommend anyone looking for engineering services to visit their website ….. http://precisesheetmetal.co.uk/index.html

Audiolink Ltd

Recognising that communications between the two Suzuki Jimnys during The Ultimate Challenge are crucial to team building and safety, we're really pleased to be sponsored by Audiolink Ltd.

The Two-way radios provided by Audiolink offer unique press-to-talk advantages that make this technology a great choice for the crew who need a flexible and reliable communication solution. It's perfect group and one to one communications, is rugged in design and will hold up in extreme environments and as the crew are all in their 70's the fact that the radios supplied by Audiolink are reliable and easy to use.

We are very grateful for the support from Cliff Davies at Audiolink and if you want to find out a little more their widely used products, visit their website … http://www.audiolink.co.uk/page/twowayradio

Castrol is widely acknowledged as the worlds leading provider of lubricants. And we're delighted they are on board with The Ultimate Challenge.

Throughout the history of Castrol, they have constantly pushed the boundaries and are always up for a challenge. And a challenge this journey is going to be for Les and his crew. With over a hundred years of technological development Castrol has been driven by the restless spirit, a spirit matched by Les in his tireless drive to bring this project to fruition. They are innovators and pioneers in the development of world class oils and lubricants and we are thankful for their support.

A quote from Max Wilkinson, Castrol … "Great performance demands strength and stamina, something we at Castrol know all about from our motor racing partnerships. And that is why Castrol are proud sponsors of the Ultimate Challenge, supporting the team on their journey when they will be tested and pushed to the limit. Castrol wish you every success on your challenge!"

Castrol provide high quality oils and lubricants for the automotive, marine and aviation industries. To find out more about Castrol visit their website http://www.castrol.com/castrol/sectionbodycopy.do?categoryId=3205&contentId=7072854

Cooper Tires

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global competitor in the replacement tire industry, together with its affiliates, subsidiaries and joint ventures it has manufacturing facilities on three continents, sales and distribution networks around the world and products that meet and exceed the demands of the world's most dynamic markets.

The news section of Cooper Tires reads like the who's who of motoring challenges. Cooper tires helped Xavi Foj take his second consecutive T2 class title in the Dakar Rally in January and in the same rally the Race2Recovery team – made up of injured servicemen and able-bodied civilians – overcame the physical and mental demands of the 15-day challenge to become the first disability team to complete it.

It doesn't end there, Cooper Tires support motoring across an amazing spectrum from Formula Three, the FIA World Cup Cross Country Rally and the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to name a few. We feel privileged that Cooper Tires have considered The Ultimate Challenge a worthy project to support. We are very grateful, not only for the tires they have supplied but for the expertise they have willingly shared.

Whether you're a normal road driver of motorsport participant we would urge you to visit their website and see for yourself the range of quality tires they supply …. http://www.coopertire.co.uk/

Beaulieu , set in the heart of the New Forest National Park is home to the Montagu family. The name Beaulieu means 'beautiful place'. Formerly the 13th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey it overlooks the glorious Beaulieu River. Beaulieu houses a collection of over 250 automobiles and motorcycles, telling the story of motoring on the roads of Britian from the dawn of motoring to the present day. It was this connection that attracted Les to ask if he could use the beautiful backdrop of Beaulieu Palace as the location for The Ultimate Challenge's first official photo shoot. We're very grateful for their support to the Ultimate Challenge and would encourage everyone to visit Beaulieu and experience a fabulous day out …... http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/


Jag UFS Group Ltd is delighted to be part of The Ultimate Challenge. As worldwide shipping agents we have been able to provide the services for shipping the Suzuki Jimnys on the major sea voyages. Vladivostok to Japan. Japan to Seattle and New York to Antwerp.

As IATA registered air freight agents we have been able to provide the services offered by many airlines for the transport of the drivers and teams from many airports around the world. 

Ideal Forms
We are delighted to be working with Brian Shearsby and his wife Merian at Ideal Forms, his support in bringing Les' ideas to fruition, often at short notice has been a tremendous help to the Ultimate Challenge project. Brian has had to put up with Les popping in to ask him to print things or design something as though he had nothing else to do. We owe Brian a huge thankyou.
Brian and his team at Ideal Forms offer a full service agency across all spectrum of digital print. They are highly professional, easy to work with and their support and guidance in processing a clients print requirements without hassle or stress fosters trust and ensures all their customers feel highly valued.
We are extremely grateful for their support and would unreservedly recommend them to anyone considering a digital print project, visit their site and find out more about their superb services … http://idealforms.co.uk/

New Forest Signs

Trevor Strickland at New Forest Signs has worked extremely hard for the Ultimate Challenge. New Forest Signs has provided and is continuing to provide all the graphics on the Jimnys and on all the Sponsor Display Boards that Les and his team has used at the Road Shows during 2012. Trevor is a pleasure to work with, we really do value his sense of humour and input into the vehicles livery.

New Forest Signs has over 30 years experience in the sign trade & are now one of only a few companies who have a time served traditional sign writer. They have experience in both Traditional & Digital methods and a studio that can offer the latest in modern graphic design & display methods. They take great pride in their customer service, and always look to involve their customer from the design & production to completion.

We are very grateful for their support and encourage our readers to visit their site to find out more about their friendly services … http://newforestsigns.co.uk/index.htm

Bikers Yard
Bikers Yard are a rare company in the retail market today, they are a family owned and run, independent retailer. Based in Christchurch Dorset they supply high quality motorcycle clothing and accessories. Les always has one eye on safety so good quality crash helmets were a must for all the crew. Rod at Bikers Yard was only too happy to help Les out with his expertise in suggesting the right helmets for the journey.

At their shop in Christchurch they have an extensive range of motor cycling clothing, leathers and helmets, waterproofs and boots, gloves and trousers. They also have access to a wide range of trade contacts if there is anything you may need that is not available at the shop.

They pride themselves on a unique high quality service and Les and his crew have benefited from that and are grateful to Rod and his team for their support in the Ultimate Challenge.

You can contact Rod, Scott or Jane for advice on 01202 496006 or you can visit their website ….http://www.bikers-yard.co.uk/


As Les and the crew will be camping for many of their overnight stops throughout their gruelling journey and they needed good quality outdoor equipment to afford comfort for their old bones. Ben Chandler at Towsure Southampton knew just what was needed and sponsored the Ultimate Challenge by supplying all the outdoor equipment they would need at a generous discount.

Towsure have been suppliers of everything outdoor since 1967 and has grown to become the United Kingdom's leading towing and outdoor leisure store. With more brands and more ranges continually becoming available they are growing like no other leisure company. Whilst remaining a family run company they are committed to offering quality, service, value and variety and we are very grateful for their support.

To see for yourself just how extensive a range of products they provide visit their website ….. http://www.towsure.com  Ben will be very happy to see you.

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