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Historic rally victory for Lessian Motors

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Saturday 26th September saw Lessian Motors of Ilkley contest round 8 of the BTRDA Rally Series, the Trackrod Forest Stages Rally.

Consisting of 45 miles of very fast and loose gravel stages set within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Lessian Motors, joint sponsor and provider of car service & preparation, had entered their 2.0 litre Ford Escort RS2000 MkII rally car to run in the highly competitive H2 Historic rally car class, with the car being freshly rebuilt to run in the class for the very first time.

In perfect driving conditions, the rally attracted over 180 rally crews to battle it out in the prime condition gravel tracks north of the picturesque market town of Pickering. After competing over the first 4 stages of the rally, the Lessian Motors/GPM Rally Team was placed second in class, an astonishing position for the crew and car, considering it was their first time out in the H2 category, and were up against some very experienced rally crews. By the end of the last stage, the car’s driver, Graeme Powell of PR & Marketing company GPM, had clawed his way up to first in class, winning by a margin of just over 6 seconds from the second placed car.

“To be honest, I didn’t know where we’d end up in this new class, the playing field is more even in this category with cars more closely matched in handling and performance, and it was the first time we’d competed in it,” said Graeme. “This event was run at a very fast pace and was tough, we’d seen quite a few cars crash out or broken down in the stages. To not only finish the rally, but also achieve first in class was a result I’m very proud. It’s a fitting reward for all the hours that go into the meticulous preparation of the car by Lessian Motors, who also service car on events – a real reflection of their professionalism and commitment.”

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Save time. Book your next MOT Test Online!

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Lessian Motors customers can now book an MOT Test online.

It’s simple. All you have to do is visit the MOT Service Centre area on our website, select a day and time that suits you using the drop down menus, and once completed and submitted you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email – serving as a handy reminder.

Located next to our workshops on Little Lane in Ilkley, our dedicated MOT Test Centre can test any size or type of vehicle including; scooters, motorcycles, cars, motor caravans, taxis, passenger vehicles (up to 16 seats) and commercial goods vehicles.

So don’t delay… MOT Tests can be carried out up to 28 days in advance of the renewal date, with the time added to the next certificate.

Book Online today!

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.

Stop quicker with winter tyres!

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To prepare your car for winter driving conditions, all drivers should consider using winter tyres. And that’s particularly so for motorists in our region, where the increased chance of heavy snow and ice can make driving conditions treacherous.

Unlike with normal tyres, winter tyres provide more effective grip on the road during cold and icy conditions – reducing the chance of an accident.

The rubber compound of winter tyres is different to normal tyres, being specifically formulated to work in temperatures below 7 degrees centigrade. With a normal tyre, if the temperature drops below 7 degrees the tyre loses its flexibility.

In the cold, ice, and snow, winter tyres provide a level of grip that no normal tyre can match. A vehicle fitted with winter tyres will come to standstill on a snow-covered road (from a speed of 30mph) two full car lengths sooner than a car fitted with with normal tyres!

To get ready for winter, ask us about winter tyre options for your vehicle today.

Call us today on Ilkley 01943 608355.

Get 25% off your next scheduled service!

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To celebrate the opening of our new MOT Testing Station, we’re offering MOT Test customers 25% off their next scheduled service.

Simply call us to book your MOT Test, quote code ‘LM MOT 25’ when booking, and we’ll give you 25% discount from the cost of your next service with us*.

And don’t forget. MOT Tests can be carried out up to 28 days in advance of the renewal date, with the time added to the next certificate.

Lessian Motors are committed to ensuring all our customers’ cars remain in tip-top condition, so take advantage of our expanded services and book your MOT Test now, on 01943 608355.

Offer ends October 31st

*Service must be carried out within 12 months of MOT Test promotion. Discount applies to service labour charge only.

Coming soon… Lessian Motors’ new MOT Test Centre

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Lessian Motors prides itself on value-for-money vehicle repairs and maintenance, combining the very latest industry technology with technical expertise.

And now, you’ll soon be able to look forward to the same detailed technical expertise and attention provided by our forthcoming Lessian Motors MOT Test Centre.

Located adjacent to our existing workshops on Little Lane in Ilkley, the brand new, state-of-the-art facility will cater for any size or type of vehicle including; scooters, motorcycles, cars, motor caravans, taxis, passenger vehicles (up to 16 seats) and commercial goods vehicles.

A family-run business with an assurance of quality, we are committed to maintaining your vehicle to the highest possible standard, and are very proud to expand our on-site service offering with a brand new MOT test facility.

Keep an eye on your inbox for our MOT Test Centre opening offers.

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!