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Rally & Run raises record amount for charity!

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The second annual running of the Lessian Motors Ilkley Rally and Run raised a record amount for its chosen beneficiary, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

On the day, participants drove their vintage, classic, and performance cars over 100 miles of the Yorkshire Dales’ most remote and challenging roads. Along with a small entry fee and the sale of food and drink, the event raised over £1,200 for charity.

Commenting on the success of the second 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. 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 summer 2017.”

A great turnout for Ilkley’s Rally & Run!

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Raising funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, over 90 cars turned out for last Sunday’s Ilkley Rally and Run, organised by Lessian Motors of Ilkley.

On the day, participants drove their vintage, classic, and performance cars over 100 miles of the Yorkshire Dales’ most remote and challenging roads – raising over £1,200 for charity.

Starting at 9.30 am, participants gathered at Ilkley Rugby club to sign-on and receive their route instructions. Navigating their way to Kettlewell, where a much needed refuel for the drivers and passengers saw traditional Yorkshire food consumed at the historic Blue Bell Inn.

After lunch, the route looped back to Ilkley via Hawes and Malham. The day ended with successful completion of the run by all the cars entered, returning to the Ilkley Rugby Club, where drivers and passengers enjoyed a BBQ and live music into the early evening from local bands Bullfrog Jones, Don O’Conner Band and Valkyrie.

Commenting on the success of the 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 raised such a great 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. With the excellent feedback we’ve had from the drivers this year, we’re really looking forward to next year’s Ilkley Rally and Run.”

Click here to find out more about the 2016 Rally & Run.

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.”

Regular Lessian Motors Rally Team news and updates can be viewed on our website at: www.lessianmotors.co.uk

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.”

 

Charity Ilkley Rally & Run

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On Saturday 1st August, Lessian Motors is inviting customers to enjoy an afternoon drive around North Yorkshire, to celebrate Yorkshire day and raise funds for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.

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. Lessian customers can support this worthy cause by entering their vintage, classic, or performance car for the run, and enjoy a great day out into the bargain!

Commencing at 11:00am from Ilkley Rugby Club, the picturesque route will take in the best of the stunning Yorkshire Dales – parts of which featured in the route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.

On completion of the run, participating cars will return to Ilkley Rugby Club to enjoy a BBQ and live music – which will continue into the evening.

Drivers who prefer not to participate in the run can instead park their vehicles on The Grove, Ilkley, and soak-up the carnival atmosphere while the run takes place.

To find out more about the event and how you can support it, Lessian Motors can be contacted on Ilkley 01943 608355 or entrants can download an Entry Form at www.ilkleyrallyandrun.co.uk

Massive choice of tyres at competitive prices!

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At Lessian Motors, we pride ourselves in delivering a friendly and personal service for all your motoring needs… including a massive choice of tyres.

We can provide and fit any make and type of tyre to suit your vehicle, and all at very competitive prices. So whether you need a direct replacement to original manufacturer specifications, a performance upgrade, or just some friendly advice on when your tyres may need replacing – we’re here to help you.

If required, when purchasing new summer tyres, we will safely store the winter tyres your vehicle may now be wearing – ready for refitting next winter.

Call in anytime for a free visual safety inspection of your tyres. And if you do need replacements tyres, remember, we offer the leading tyre brands at the best prices.

Drive safer, 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 and level of grip.

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.

Pre 1960 car checks & Insurance valuations

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Lessian Motors have an acknowledged track record for maintaining and restoring classic cars for over 35 years, and now we can also provide those important annual checks / independent valuations your car insurance company may require you to produce.

Whilst vehicles manufactured or registered before January 1960 no longer require an MOT test, your classic car insurer may still require an annual road worthiness check to be carried out – as they place the onus of responsibility on the owner to ensure the vehicle is road worthy at all times.

Additionally, many insurers require an independent vehicle valuation in order to provide an ‘agreed valuation’ in case of theft or total loss – to avoid the dreaded ‘market value’ only pay out should the worse happen to your pride and joy.

At Lessian, our experienced engineers can carry out a valuation or vehicle check and supply the relevant required documentation your insurer may ask to see – providing you with peace of mind for another happy year of classic motoring.

For more details and to book an appointment, call us today on Ilkley 01943 608355.

 

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.”