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A great success for Ilkley’s first Rally & Run!

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Celebrating Yorkshire day and raising funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, on Saturday 1st August, Ilkley’s Lessian Motors hosted the town’s first ever Rally and Run.

On the day, participants drove their vintage, classic, and performance cars through almost 100 miles of the Yorkshire Dales’ most remote and challenging roads – raising over £800 for charity.

Starting at 11am, participants gathered at Ilkley Rugby club to sign-on and receive their route instructions. Flagged away by Harry and George Simpson, they navigated their way to Arncliffe village, where a much needed refuel for the drivers and passengers saw traditional Yorkshire day delights such as pie and peas consumed at the historic Falcon Inn pub, and outside on the delightful village green.

After lunch, the route took the cars to Malham, Litton, Kettlewell and Gammersgill, before looping back to Ilkley. The day ended with successful completion of the run by all 60 cars back at the Ilkley Rugby Club, where drivers and passengers enjoyed a BBQ and live music into the evening from local band, Bullfrog Jones.

Commenting on the success of the first ever Ilkley Rally and Run, Gerard Simpson, Director of Ilkley’s Lessian Motors and organiser of the run said: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday household sounds and danger signals. It’s a very worthy cause, so we are delighted to have already raised such an amount. Donations are still coming in from the day, so we hope to increase the initial sum raised!

“I would like to thank everyone who helped make the run a great success, including all the people who helped organise the event, and the participants who gave up their time and money for such a worthy cause. We are already planning next year’s event and looking forward to an even better Ilkley Rally and Run in August 2016.”


Prestigious restoration success

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Ilkley’s vehicle servicing, MOT and specialist car restoration garage, Lessian Motors, is celebrating after a classic Porsche 911 they played a role in restoring was entered for sale at the prestigious Bonhams auction house, which took place last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The rare 1969 Porsche 911T was purchased by David Graves Specialist Cars of Ilkley in 2011, but required a full strip down and rebuild. With every part of the classic supercar being renovated or replaced during its restoration, David Graves commented: “We chose Lessian Motors to paint the newly restored car bodywork because of their expertise and reputation in classic car restoration. When we acquired the car it was white – not the original colour, so we decided to return the vehicle to its original ‘Blood Orange’ factory colour.”

The car was spray painted to exacting standards by Lessian Motors, using their specialist ‘low bake’ paint oven and using period-correct ’68 Line’ Glasurit paint formulations, again, supplied by Lessian Motors. After painting, Lessian engineers also refitted the car’s major mechanical parts such as suspension, engine and gearbox, before returning it to David Graves Specialist Cars to complete the restoration task.

So exacting were the standards of the restoration that the vehicle was awarded the prestigious ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ by Porsche prior to its sale – confirming that it was restored to the factory’s own high standards, and adding further to the car’s value.

After the car’s sale at Bonhams auction, David enthused, “I am over the moon at the quality and attention to detail the Lessian Motors team delivered on this project. I can’t praise the standard of their craftsmanship high enough. The garage is a gem of an asset for anyone living in or around Ilkey who need to find a quality vehicle servicing or car bodywork and painting provider.”

When the going gets tough!

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When we’re not busy looking after customer vehicles with our full range of competitively priced, local servicing and repair work, regular Lessian Motors eNews readers will know that we also prepare and run an Ford Escort MkII RS2000 rally car.

This weekend, the Lessian Motors Rally Team contested the Tour of Hamsterley rally in County Durham. An interesting challenge for the 99 crews taking part, the conditions were slippy with varying weather. The rally’s 7 stages, 6 inside the Hamsterley Forest complex and one other in the grounds of Raby Castle estate presented a real challenge.

Finishing the daylong event, along with our rally team PR & marketing partner, GPM, we managed to finish 2nd in class and 21st overall – a really great result for the Lessian Team team.

We look forward to seeing you soon, for all your vehicle servicing requirements.

Keep you bodywork in tip-top condition – with 10% discount on all repairs

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After the rigours of winter your car’s bodywork may not be looking 100%. To help bring it back to tip-top condition and ready for spring, Lessian Motors is offering all eNews customers a 10% reduction on any body shop repair.

So, if you’ve had a bump, or need a dent or paintwork repair, let us make your body work look like brand new, with a high-quality repair by our experienced team.

With over 35 years experience, Lessian Motors is an expert in car body and collision repair for all types of vehicles. Our body shop in Ilkley has an established reputation, so why not call or visit us for a free estimate on any accident repair, auto body repair, re-spray, or dent removal.

And remember, we only use replacement parts of the same quality as the original, meaning your manufacturer’s warranty will not be affected.

Call us today to book your discounted body shop repair.
Offer ends 29th March 2013.


When the going gets tough…

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When it comes to winning rallies, the adage of ‘To finish first, you must first finish’ was in clear evidence last weekend, when the Lessian Motors/GPM Rally Team took part in the Malton Forest Rally.

Prepared and maintained by Lessian Motors, the Lessian sponsored Ford Escort MkII RS2000 proved its stamina and reliability over the rally’s unusually rough, deeply routed and slippery North Yorkshire Moors forest tracks.

Testament to the high-level of technical knowledge and experience of Lessian’s engineers, the car managed to complete all 6 rally stages, while over 30 out of the 74 cars competing broke down in the tough conditions.

Whether taking part in a rally, or simply driving your car for pleasure or business,  you can be assured that Lessian Motors’ full range of competitively priced local servicing and repair work will ensure your vehicle lasts the distance!