Thursday, 18 January 2018

New Skoda Karoq Launch and SUV Event

On Wednesday 10th January Derek Slack Motors played host to The Škoda SUV event and the Launch of Škoda’s newest model, the KAROQ.

It was also a chance to pay tribute to one of Škoda’s most successful models,  the Yeti of which over 600,000 have been produced since its launch in 2009.

Kim Bradley, Community Fundraiser of Teesside Hospice, unveiled the two Karoqs which are now available for test drive. Kim was also there to receive a cheque for funds raised last year by Derek Slack Motors staff and donations from Derek Slack Motors customers.

Invitees of the VIP event were entered into a prize draw for a range of Skoda goodies including a state of the art dash-cam, which was won by Anne Smith of Longnewton. Other prize winners were Mr Ingram of Guisborough and Mr Robert Trewhitt of Stockton.

Equipped for all of life's adventures, the All-New Škoda Karoq sits alongside its larger stable mate  the Škoda Kodiaq in the Škoda SUV family. This flexible and spacious SUV is a fitting replacement for the much loved Yeti. Available to order now from £20,875 OTR. Contact us now to arrange a test drive and be one of the first to experience this exciting new model.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Win some ŠKODA Motorsport Goodies...

Are you a ŠKODA Motorsport fan? Well, ŠKODA have some super cool rally merchandise for you! 

Pop over to the ŠKODA Facebook page, answer the following question. What are the highest and lowest altitudes the ŠKODA FABIA R5 drove at during the 2017 WRC season?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

There's Some Gripping 4x4 deals at Derek Slack Motors


The first all-wheel-drive vehicle in its modern history was OCTAVIA COMBI in 1999. Since that time, the offer of four-wheel-drive cars has expanded. Moreover, OCTAVIA COMBI 4×4 and SUPERB COMBI 4×4 help ŠKODA maintain its leadership in the 4×4 estate segment in six European markets (Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Poland, Spain and Finland).
Visit Derek Slack Motors to see some 'gripping' 4x4 deals

But the brand’s 4×4 history is much older…

The first multi-axle-drive experiments were conducted in the late 1930s. ŠKODA produced several prototypes of three-axle buses with both rear axles driven, but these projects never reached the production stage.

Next came the Type 903, an army vehicle. The Czech Army Headquarters had invited tenders for a vehicle to be used by high-ranking officers in field operations, and ŠKODA had participated in that public tender with the 903, a vehicle prototyped in 1936 (with three prototypes produced in total). Inspired by the ŠKODA 650, a passenger car, the prototype design featured a 45 kW three-litre, six-cylinder engine and three axles (six-wheels), with the two rear axles driven. No contract was ever agreed, however.

Type 903 (1939) - chassis

Type 903 (1939)

Vehicle assembly operations in the Mladá Boleslav plant were limited during the Nazi occupation, but the ŠKODA 903 was one of the few vehicles included into the production portfolio. The plant manufactured an additional 42 vehicles of this type during 1939–1942. The ŠKODA 903 had a top speed of 100 km/h, managed a maximum uphill gradient of 45 %, and had average petrol consumption of 25 l/100 km. The product was available in two versions: one with an open, six-seat passenger compartment with four doors and a convertible roof, the other with a completely open top and longitudinal benches designed to accommodate a total of eight passengers. Probably only three vehicles of this type have been preserved.

In addition, the brand produced a few other 4×4 models during World War II. The three-litre SUPERB OHV was used as the basis for the SUPERB 3000 – Kraftfahrzeug 15 (an army vehicle). That vehicle had rear wheel drive, but the brand also tested a 4×4 version (named the 956).

Type 956

Type T 805 - chassis

Type 972
The company returned to the concept of manufacturing army vehicles several times after World War II. For example, the Mladá Boleslav plant produced nearly 6,500 Tatra 805 vehicles during 1952–1955, but production of this freight vehicle was then moved to the V. I. Lenin Plant in Pilsen.

Built on a shortened chassis and featuring many of the Tatra 805 (1954) components, the 971 was an armoured vehicle (also known as Jarmila, the brand produced three vehicles of this type) and the 972 was amphibious (with five vehicles produced during 1951–1952). The latter was fitted with a screw propeller enabling it to move at speeds of up to 10 km/h in water, and its maximum speed on the road was 85 km/h. The equipment included a lightweight machine gun and two rifles between the seats plus an assault rifle on the driver’s left-hand side.

Type 973 (1952) - back

In 1952, the brand produced the Type 973 with de-activatable front wheel drive. Boasting excellent driving properties, the vehicle was able to cope with uphill gradients as steep as 58 %, overcome vertical obstacles as high as 0.25 m, and stride through water as deep as 60 cm. Warsaw Pact forces tested similar vehicles near Dresden, and the Czech-made 973 proved to be the best of these. Nevertheless, the brand produced only a test series of ca 30 vehicles of this type and then the project was terminated, because the Russian-made GAZ-69 was chosen as the preferred product.

Type 973 (1952) - front

“In many respects, the ŠKODA-made army vehicles were better than the vehicles routinely used by the Soviet Union and/or the Warsaw Pact. Profitability, the requirement to prioritize civil production of an “ordinary people’s car”, and capacities not meeting the demands of the allied armies – all these were aspects that, in the end, led to the decision to focus on off-road vehicles for farmers rather than armies,” says ŠKODA Archive Manager Lukáš Nachtmann.
Agromobil 998

In the early 1960s, the brand cooperated with ČZ Strakonice on developing the Type 998 (known as Agromobil) and, a few years later, the Type 990. Only a few prototypes were produced – their exact number is not known, but it was probably 13 – of which at least two have been preserved. One is owned by the ŠKODA Museum, the other by the Military Museum in Lešany (together with a Type 973, known as Babeta), both these vehicles appeared in the 1964 film If a Thousand Clarinets (Kdyby tisíc klarinetů).
As part of its ŠKODA 1203 modernization project, the brand had considered producing a 4×4 version for farmers (Type 779, 1970).

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Stokesley Show 2017

Farmers and families alike turned out for the largest one-day agricultural show the North has to offer.

The Stokesley Show, celebrating its 145th year, had all the traditional farming favourites while adrenalin junkie Jason Smyth impressed in the main ring with his quad stunts.

Founded in 1859, the show has evolved into one of the highlights of the social calendar for farmers in North Yorkshire and further afield.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello at the Derek Slack Motors stand on Saturday. A dull start turned into a glorious sun-filled day and It was nice to see so many of our customers enjoying the sunshine.

From quad stunts to vintage tractors, crafts and poultry to livestock and horses, the show had something for everyone.

Wales PICK-UP Historic Isuzu Deal

Isuzu and the Welsh Rugby Union have signed a shirt partnership deal which means Warren Gatland’s Wales will wear Isuzu’s logo on their jersey for the next four years.

Isuzu will take pride of place on the chests of Wales’ international stars for the first time this Autumn, as Gatland’s side faces Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Under Armour Series at Principality Stadium.

In addition; the multi-million-pound partnership sees Isuzu extend their support to the senior Wales women’s side, which will also carry the logos on their playing kit until 2021, and the supply of Isuzu D-Max vehicles to the WRU’s community department which reaches out across Wales.

“We are delighted to welcome a company of the size, stature and international renown of Isuzu,” said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips.

“Their investment in both the Women’s and Men’s national side and the community game will be instrumental to the growth and sustainable future of the game in Wales.

“In terms of the Isuzu partnership alone, this is the biggest national jersey partnership in the history of our national game.
The partnership also gives Isuzu a raft of marketing and media rights which will increase brand awareness and connection to rugby supporters.

“This partnership is the first of its kind for us and it has long been our objective to make the Isuzu brand better known,” said Isuzu Managing Director, Paul Tunnicliffe.

“This sponsorship will achieve that, by taking the brand to a huge audience, including millions of television viewers. 
“Rugby is an intrinsic part of Welsh life, and we are delighted to become associated with an institution which shares our values of dependability, toughness and commitment.”

Derek Slack motors, ISUZU main dealers for Teesside, Durham and North Yorkshire have some fantastic leasing options on Isuzu pick-ups.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Our Latest Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available to read on-line HERE, containing: Bradley Wiggins, Skoda's new electric car, the Skoda Live Tour and the latest news about Skoda's range of award-winning cars.

If you haven't received one, Click Here to read it on line or call into our showroom to collect one.

Also featured in the newsletter, is a sneak peek at the limited edition FABIA REDLINE, and it's a red hot prospect!

We've also started to upload an archive of newsletters going back to 2001!

By browsing the archive, you will be able to see how Derek Slack Motors and the Skoda brand have evolved over the years.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Graeme May has recently achieved re-accreditation of his Master Technician status after successfully demonstrating his competence in a number of key criteria at Skoda’s central training facility in Milton Keynes
Graeme originally qualified as a Skoda Master Technician thirteen years ago in 2004, being one of the very first in the country to qualify and pass Skoda’s arduous training programme..
Graeme joined us from school on a YTS training scheme after a two-week work experience whilst at school and is currently our Workshop Controller playing a key role in delivering customer satisfaction on a daily basis on vehicles being serviced, repaired or MOT’d aiming to achieve a first time fix.
Graeme has honed his skills to become a Master Technician, an accreditation recognised by the Institute of Motoring Industry (IMI) the pinnacle of his technician status over a period of 23 years at Derek Slack Motors.
Chris Harrison, Service Manager commented “Graeme constantly strives to completely satisfy customers even when dealing with the most complex electrical faults & challenges that are thrown at him & his technicians, he always demonstrates a positive & professional manner when representing the business & we are delighted with his re-accreditation that is truly deserved”.