Vikings clinch support deal with top UK engineering firm
With luck the whole Sport could benefit, if even minutely, from a tie-up between Northumbria Vikings and Austrin Gearbox Specialist Ltd of Newcastle upon Tyne. Regular country-wide cycle speedway treks by Vikings General Manager Terry Kirkup and co-driver Jason Keith will ensure the Austrin message is carried as widely as possible on their regular match transport.
AGS has a long history of excellence in engineering, especially in motor vehicle gearbox repair and maintenance but also in all other areas of motor repair, fault analysis and restoration. Their customers range from local main dealerships to supermarkets and ambulance services as well as the general public and AGS has a much respected reputation in the automotive industry. Most if not all employees and the Directors Steve and Andy ride bikes themselves but so far have resisted the temptation to try out our Sport!
The advertising deal has been stewing for some time now, prompted by Terry's great friend and mountain biking buddy Ian Browning (far left), the primary gearbox guru of AGS. It was Ian who put the idea to the owners after seeing a mock-up on the Vikings' Facebook page and they immediately realised the potential value in having the details of their business displayed in the many corners of the UK visited by the local club and its riders. And of course we are delighted with the mutually beneficial agreement and the eyecatching result from their signwriter. Coming to a track near you, soon!
Pictorial image used on the van courtesy of the brilliant Manchester photographer Linda Kirkland, subjects (l to r) Euro Champion Mark Winwood (Birmingham), British Champion Gavin Parr (Northumbria), World Champion Craig Marchant (Leicester).