Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Derek Slack Motors reveal the legendary ŠKODA 966 Supersport now restored to former glory

World's only surviving example goes on display at museum in Mladá Boleslav
“The ŠKODA 966 Supersport provides an important testimony to our history in motorsport, and conveys perfectly the atmosphere of legendary lap racing from the second half of the 20th century,” said Michal Velebný, head of the restoration workshop at ŠKODA. “Given the uniqueness of this vehicle, it is one of the most interesting exhibits at the museum.”
The world's only surviving example of a ŠKODA 966 Supersport has been restored to its former glory and now has pride of place at the company’s museum in Mladá Boleslav.

Just three racing-edition 966 Supersport cars were built in the 1950s. Last seen on the track in 1962, only one has survived to this day. For many years it was owned by the Slovakian racing driver Ivan Mičík, but the ŠKODA museum bought the car in 2007 and its extensive renovation began.

“The ŠKODA 966 Supersport provides an important testimony to our history in motorsport, and conveys perfectly the atmosphere of legendary lap racing from the second half of the 20th century,” said Michal Velebný, head of the restoration workshop at ŠKODA. “Given the uniqueness of this vehicle, it is one of the most interesting exhibits at the museum.”

Early success – then disaster
The ŠKODA 966 Supersport made its racing debut in May 1950 in Mladá Boleslav, but just two races later it was so badly damaged it had to be replaced. An additional vehicle was also produced, because the factory team wanted to race two cars, and it’s this third car that has been preserved.

Its first race brought immediate success, as Miroslav Fousek took second place in the 1100cc category at the Czechoslovakia grand prix on 24 September 1950. Victory came just a few months later in the sports car category at the Liberec races.

Both Supersport cars competed in numerous races and ŠKODA continued to improve them, especially the engines. The assembly with a displacement of 1089cc was originally derived from the ŠKODA Tudor, but this was given a new aluminium cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chamber. There was a version with atmospheric aspiration and two carburettors, and the most powerful version with one or even two compressors. It was easy to tell the vehicles apart by the height of their bonnets; the turbocharged version had a lower bonnet while the other had a large bulge to accommodate two carburettors.

The fastest car in Czechoslovakia
ŠKODA later increased the engine capacity to 1221cc and then, in the final phase of development, a new prototype 1500cc engine was installed with either four carburettors and/or two compressors. The engine with carburettors achieved 90bhp and the supercharged version 180bhp.

A condenser was placed in front of the compressor to improve cooling and the designers improved aerodynamics by lowering the radiator grille and making the suction opening more oval. All the hard work paid off in the autumn of 1953, when Václav Bobek achieved a new speed record of 123mph in the version with two compressors, making the ŠKODA 966 Supersport the fastest car in Czechoslovakia.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

When even nightmare jobs are no match for a pick-up professional

The Isuzu D-Max Blade available at Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough, now stars alongside zombies in a new online video advert. 

Isuzu UK’s largest and most far-reaching online advertising campaign, due to air from Saturday 11 October, features a ghoulish theme appropriate for the time of year, depicting the special edition Isuzu D-Max Blade pick-up as the hero in a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic city.
As well as showcasing the vehicle’s zombie-dodging capabilities, the campaign demonstrates the versatility of the D-Max Blade in an urban environment, tackling the most nightmarish of jobs. Tough, reliable and refined, the D-Max Blade is perfect for everyday heroes that need a dependable sidekick for work and leisure, whether it’s running a few errands, hauling 3.5 tonnes on a trailer, or facing a zombie attack.
The special edition Isuzu D-Max Blade double cab pick-up boasts a long list of stylish and technological enhancements to stand out from the crowd. Bold 18-inch, six-spoke ‘Shadow’ alloy wheels, contrasting black load-bed bars and privacy glass ensure it looks the real deal.
Inside, automatic climate control and premium black leather seats cosset occupants, and there is also a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system – complete with integrated rear safety camera – and enhanced surround-sound audio.
Fitted with an efficient 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, which can be mated to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, the D-Max Blade produces 163 PS and 400 Nm of torque and is certified to tow a class-leading 3.5-tonnes (braked). Every new D-Max comes as standard with the company’s pioneering five-year / 125,000-mile warranty.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Isuzu D-Max pick-up extended cab comes to Teesside

Arriving this October at Derek Slack Motors comes the new Isuzu D-Max pick-up extended cab, in top-of-the-range Yukon specification. Priced at £19,249 CVOTR the new extended cab combines the flexibility of a pick-up with a generous haul of equipment extending its appeal beyond work to 
This luxurious work horse is unique to Isuzu, allowing you to take your Isuzu D-Max to work in comfort. The extended cab comes with all the same great features of the Yukon, including the luxury of a leather steering wheel (with audio and cruise controls), chrome grille and rear bumper, all within the versatile extended cab body type.
Equipment also includes cruise control, air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille, chrome rear bumper, heavy-duty side steps, a surround-sound stereo, plus powerful projector headlamps and bright. Bookmark this page for more Isuzu news from Derek Slack Motors, your main dealer for Isuzu in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire and Durham.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

SKODA Scoop more awards.

ŠKODA’s television advert and promotional campaign for the launch of the Octavia vRS has been awarded Best Manufacturer Marketing Initiative in the 2014 Car Dealer Power awards.

The campaign, which hit screens in July 2013, featured everyday items that had been given the vRS treatment. Under the tag-line ‘Not your average family car’ the advert featured a giant pram, outsized lawnmower and a monster ice-cream truck. All were created to highlight the remarkable performance of the new Octavia vRS – the fastest production ŠKODA ever.

The 21ft high ice-cream truck proved so popular with viewers that ŠKODA toured the country with it, serving free ice-cream as part of its Octavia vRS launch activities.

The award was voted for by readers of Car Dealer magazine. Editor James Batchelor said: “ŠKODA’s vRS advert won the hearts of our readers. Featuring souped-up imagery and a fully-working supersized ice-cream van, the advert beautifully captured the featured product’s raison d’etre.”

Keith Palmer, Head of Marketing at Derek Slack Motors added: “The vRS campaign was a huge success. SKODA wanted an advert that would bring to life the powerful performance of the car, and the specially made props gave a tongue-in-cheek taste of what you could experience if you gave your life some vRS treatment.” Plus it was great having some of the actual props in our showroom during the launch.

The 60-second television advert was created by British-based agency Fallon and can be seen here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Orders now being taken for the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout at Derek Slack Motors

Derek Slack Motors, the oldest SKODA dealer in the North East serving Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Darlington, North Yorkshire and Durham are delighted to announce the arrival of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout
Safe, comfortable and intelligent. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the benchmark for the contemporary adventurer. Designed around the timeless Octavia Estate, the Scout model features new cutting edge safety features and unrivalled space.
Intelligent traction control, all-wheel drive technology that adjusts to changing road conditions in milliseconds, and with ŠKODA’s ‘Rough Road Package’ included as standard, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is equipped with underbody protection for off-road journeys - leaving you to enjoy the adventure whilst the Scout does the rest. For more information on the new  2014 Octavia Scout in the North East call Derek Slack Motors on: 01642 256100.

Derek Slack Motors announce major expansion plans

Derek Slack Motors have announced major expansion plans for 2014/15 in line with SKODA’s global target to sell 1.5 million cars per year by 2018, a target that looks well on course to succeed, making Skoda the first manufacturer ever to double its sales in the UK in a five year period from 40,000 to 80,000 vehicles. Development on the existing site at Cargo Fleet is due to commence winter 2014, making the family run dealership one of the largest Skoda sites in the UK.

Derek Slack Motors who first began trading in 1973 are the oldest Skoda dealership in the North East of England and still a family run business with Derek’s son Tony now at the helm. Tony Slack, Dealer Principle at the Cargo Fleet dealership described the expansion as the beginning of a new chapter in the Skoda story.

“When I decided to take on board the Skoda franchise back in 1993, I felt it would be a sound investment as VW had just taken a share stake, offering long term stability and investment, giving us the opportunity to grow”, said Derek Slack - Managing Director at the Cargo Fleet dealership. “The success Skoda have enjoyed and the demand for Skoda cars continues to exceed all my expectations. It has enabled us to grow over the decades with our own growth strategy allowing us to expand into bigger and better facilities.”

Tony added, “SKODA has grown significantly in each individual market sector due to a younger attractive model range, inspiring new customers. We have continued our success from 2013 into this year seamlessly selling more cars in the first six months of the year than ever before in a first half year.”

Outstanding design, generous room, top-of-the-line quality, everyday and family practicality as well as an excellent price-to-value ratio, is now making the SKODA brand such an attractive option. SKODA cars are becoming increasingly popular with corporate customers, too. The brand sold more than 239,000 cars to fleet operators, a plus of 26.7 per cent.

Tony added, “To keep pace with SKODA’s market aspirations the site will expand onto neighboring land allowing us to more than double the current showroom providing more spacious reception and customer waiting areas, larger office and administration space and extend the aftersales areas. The site will be unrecognisable with a new facia, layout and SKODA’s sense of space corporate identity.”

Inline with the expansion, three new sporty Monte Carlo versions of the SKODA Yeti, SKODA Rapid Spaceback and SKODA Citigo are set to arrive on the back of several new models.

“It’s an exciting time for SKODA and Derek Slack Motors”, said Tony. “New jobs, growth and outstanding facilities will benefit everyone as we take the next big step creating an outstanding base to grow for years to come.”

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SKODA Black in Middlesbrough

The exciting new ŠKODA Black Edition models arrive any day at Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough.  The limited edition models offer something a little different including a list of stylish features such as, metallic or pearl paint, black alloy wheels, black styling features, satellite navigation, DAB radio and sunset glass all as standard. Models are available in both candy white or black magic pearlescent and include the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Yeti, Octavia and Superb. Also new to the range since last September is the Skoda Rapid Spaceback Black Edition.

Orders are already being taken for the ŠKODA Octavia Black Edition in a choice of 1.6 and 2.0 litre engines and now, thanks to SKODA’s 3 BIG REASONS finance offer you can purchase all the sophistication and elegance of the new Black Editions for September 64 registration, with 0% APR representative and up to 3 years’ free servicing. To find out more about this outstanding value-for-money offer call: Derek Slack Motors on: 01642 256100.