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Honda TT Legends Star In New Eight-Part Documentary TV Series

An eight-part documentary series, following the Honda TT Legends throughout the 2012 racing season, is set to hit primetime TV in the UK, starting next Monday (4 Feb) on ITV4 at 8.30pm.

Produced by Gaucho Productions, the series entitled 'TT Legends' goes behind-the-screens with exclusive access to the Honda TT Legends team as they take on some of the world's toughest motorcycle races. It follows star riders, including John McGuinness, Simon Andrews and Cameron Donald as they compete in the Endurance World Championship, at events such as the Le Mans 24-hour and the Suzuka 8-hour and at selected road racing events, including the legendary Isle of Man TT and the super-fast North West 200 in Northern Ireland.

The documentary series showcases the high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled nature of motorcycle sport at its highest level but yet also focuses on the human element in a compelling and unique way. Away from the track, we see what makes these seemingly fearless riders tick and what motivates the team to keep pushing for glory, in the face of adversity.

Over eight, half-hour episodes, witness all the tears, tantrums and triumphs as this fascinating team enjoys an epic season aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

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New Future Residual Values Senior Editor appointed at CAP AUTOMOTIVE

CAP AUTOMOTIVE has appointed Dylan Setterfield to the role of Senior Editor, Future Residual Values as the business continues driving for growth through unsurpassed quality.

The appointment completes a major strategic review of CAP Operations, which has seen a raft of senior appointments across all data and insight areas.

CAP’s strategy of drawing experienced and respected experts from within the automotive industry represents its commitment to real market expertise as the business researches and interprets more information than ever before in its history.

The investment in key senior figures to lead each of the major functions of CAP’s market intelligence areas follows the acquisition of CAP last year by one of Europe’s top flight investment specialists, Montagu Private Equity. Since then, as CAP’s drive to provide class-leading quality to customers gathers pace, the workforce has expanded by more than 30%, with the principal focus on quality and product development.

Over the past two months Derren Martin has taken a role leading the Black Book Live team, to bring enhanced quality focus to current car valuation products and services. Market insight and valuations expert, Adrian Rushmore, has also joined CAP as Operations Director. Last year saw ex-Dyson CEO, Martin McCourt, join as board chairman along with former Auto Trader Marketing Director, Matt Thompson, to assist the transformation of CAP into a digital beacon brand and drive the business into new markets.

Dylan Setterfield brings many years of experience in the field of forecasting to his role as Senior Editor for CAP Monitor, the industry benchmark guide to future residual values. For 13 years Setterfield has specialised in forecasting future residual values at GE Capital Fleet Services, latterly as Senior European Analyst, where he had oversight of future market value assumptions for all European platforms. His role also involved reviews of RV setting methodology in several countries, with a key focus on process optimisation to deliver rigour and consistency across all forecasting functions.

He is no stranger to CAP, having a strong existing understanding of the business from the perspective of a customer. He is therefore ideally placed to build on the strengths of CAP Monitor and its existing team to drive further innovation and improvement.

Dylan Setterfield said: “I am excited not just by CAP’s ambitions and the company’s strategic direction, but its clear commitment to invest and develop people with real market expertise together with a determination to exceed customer expectations. There are great teams in place at every level of CAP and a great spirit across the business and I’m looking forward to the times ahead.”

CAP Chief Executive, Ian Rendle, said: “Dylan is the ideal choice to build on our future residual value strengths and bring fresh, innovative approaches to driving continual improvement.

“He brings to us real world expertise gained in the field and has the right track record in forecast modelling and methodology to drive CAP’s already powerful reputation in the area of future residual value benchmarking to the next level.

“Overall, the investment in people across all the critical functions at CAP over the past eight months has given us great capacity and culminated in the strongest team in our history. We are now focused on a very exciting future as we drive growth through unrivalled quality and product excellence.”

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For further information contact Mike Hind, Communications Manager, CAP Automotive on 0113 222 2044 / 07710 152030

How To Avoid Winter Breakdown As Further Weather Warnings And Snow Strike The UK

Winter has hit Britain with forecasters predicting further snow and ice into the weekend. While there is not much motorists can do about the travel disruptions caused by bad weather they can take extra care of their vehicles. Motoring experts at Haynes have published ten top tips for looking after a car in winter.

The number of breakdowns can rise by up to 70% during wintry spells, but following these carefully crafted tips could save you money and protect you and your family from potentially hazardous conditions:
Battery failures are the commonest single cause of winter breakdowns. If the car is increasingly hard to start then it is advisable to get the battery changed rather than waiting until it is too late.

Tyre condition is important all year round, but doubly so in wet, icy or snowy conditions. Check the tyre pressures, and tread depth and condition. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm, but in practice it’s better to fit new tyres well before this limit is reached.

Being able to see out is as important as being seen. Clean all the windows, inside and out, using a cleaner specifically intended for car glass. Be careful not to damage the heated rear window – wipe along the line of the heating wires, not across them.

Use a screen wash additive with antifreeze properties (not engine antifreeze). If the liquid in the washer bottle freezes it may split the reservoir or damage the pump.

Regardless of whether the roads are foggy, icy or snowy, the key to safe driving is to drive slowly, smoothly and gently.

If conditions are really bad, consider whether your journey is necessary. If it is then make sure you tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to arrive. Also ensure you have a full tank of fuel, your mobile phone, some warm clothes and maybe something to eat and drink.

Make things easier for the battery by not switching on headlights, heater blower or heated rear window until the engine is running. Similarly, switch off lights etc before stopping the engine.

Consider fitting a set of winter tyres, they really do make a difference. Some tyre retailers will store the summer tyres for you in winter, and vice versa.

When parking overnight in freezing conditions, leave the car in gear and the handbrake off if it is safe to do so. This will prevent the handbrake freezing in the ‘on’ position.

Check the operation of all the exterior lights and clean the lenses if they’re dirty. When driving in bad conditions, stop to clean the headlights now and again – they can very quickly get covered in mud and salt.

says:

“Winter conditions put extra strain on car and driver alike, and just a few minutes spent on some simple checks now can save a lot of trouble later.

“Owners need to take care of their vehicle over the winter months to keep themselves and their families safe. Check the tyres, the lights and the battery, but most importantly drive safely. With black ice and foggy conditions becoming increasingly likely it is essential that drivers take proper care and pay attention to the road.”

Haynes manuals have been helping motorists perform these simple tasks and many more for over 50 years. Haynes has now launched its top 50 car and motorcycle manuals online, so you can now access service and repair information on your PC, laptop or smart phone.

The new Manuals Online include all the content from the printed manuals with the additional benefits of a glossary of terms, ‘how-to’ videos, searchable menus and quick links.

The new Haynes car Manuals Online cost just £25.00 per manual for a year, or £30.00 for a lifetime subscription and are available from www.haynes.co.uk.

Haynes car manuals cost £21.99 and are available from car accessory shops including Halfords, all good bookshops and online at www.haynes.co.uk or by phone 01963 442030.

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One in four drivers has been involved in a motor accident in snowy or icy conditions…

Males more likely to be involved in winter accidents despite greater confidence behind the wheel
Findings suggest that refusal to adapt driving style for adverse weather makes accidents more likely

One in four drivers (26 per cent) has been involved in a motor accident in snow or icy conditions, with six per cent claiming to have done so in the past 12 months, according to new research from Santander Car Insurance².

The results reveal that despite greater confidence, male drivers have been involved in more winter driving accidents. Just 16 per cent of male drivers admit to not feeling confident behind the wheel in snow or ice compared to 43 per cent of female drivers, yet nearly twice as many male drivers – 33 per cent against 18 per cent of female motorists – have been involved in a winter weather road accident.

This may be partially due to a refusal to adapt their driving style in snow or ice; nine per cent of male drivers say they choose not to adapt their driving style in adverse conditions compared to just three per cent of their female counterparts.

The findings suggest that a refusal to adapt your driving style in winter weather can make it much more likely that you are involved in an accident. Just six per cent of all drivers choose not to adapt their driving style in snow or ice, but this figure rises to almost one in three (30 per cent) of those drivers who have had a winter weather accident in the past year.

Overall, 29 per cent of drivers say they don't feel confident driving in winter weather and six per cent feel they are bad winter drivers. Six per cent also don't know how to adapt their driving in winter weather and 45 per cent of drivers are more concerned about how the conditions affect other people's driving than their own.

Motorists are also failing to prepare adequately before driving in winter conditions, according to the study. The vast majority of drivers (92 per cent) still don't put on winter tyres, 53 per cent don't ensure they have sufficient anti-freeze and 52 per cent don't check the tyre tread and pressure are of the required levels before setting out on their journey.

Richard Al-Dabbagh, Santander Insurance, said: "Driving is obviously much more dangerous when the roads are icy or have snow on them and we all know that adverse weather conditions result in a greater number of collisions and other road accidents. Therefore it is vital that drivers take adequate precautions before venturing out in potentially dangerous conditions. By taking care in advance and being more cautious behind the wheel they can substantially reduce their chances of having an accident or breaking down on the road.

"Whatever the weather, it's always important for drivers to take the time to check their car insurance policy and make sure they are adequately covered. In particular they should check excess levels, the uses their car is covered for (business, commuting, social etc) and the level of cover they have – ie third party or comprehensive. Having sufficient insurance cover in place could save them a lot of money if they are involved in a collision."

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Jaguar Land Rover Creating Employment Opportunities

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed it will create up to 800 new jobs at its Solihull plant as the brand gears up for the introduction of new models in 2013, including the all-new F-Type.

The news follows days after Honda announced plans to lay off 800 workers in Swindon, citing a downturn in demand from continental Europe.

The Jaguar Land Rover announcement follows its best ever global sales performance, with retail sales up 30% in 2012 following strong market performances from the UK, China and the US. China is now the brand’s largest market with sales up by 70%.

More than 200 of the new jobs are supported by the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

(source Motortrader.com & BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21013193

CAP appoints Adrian Rushmore as Operations Director

CAP appoints Adrian Rushmore as Operations Director

CAP AUTOMOTIVE has appointed Adrian Rushmore to the role of Operations Director as part of its drive for growth through market-leading quality.

The appointment is the latest by CAP drawing experienced and respected figures from the automotive sector into key operational roles to help drive the company’s accelerated growth ambitions.

These investments have followed the acquisition of CAP last year by one of Europe’s top flight investment specialists, Montagu Private Equity.

Adrian Rushmore is one of the most widely recognised figures in the world of used vehicle valuations and market intelligence, with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. His decision to join CAP follows last year’s launch of Black Book Live, the industry’s first independent real-time used car valuation tool. This has been accompanied by a keen focus on investing in genuine market experts to produce business-critical information tools for the automotive retail, fleet, consumer, finance and insurance sectors.

As Operations Director he will oversee the quality of CAP’s products and have significant input into the development of new products and services and assume overall responsibility for the strategy of continual improvement for CAP’s market-leading current and forecast valuations and technical data covering cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles.

Rushmore’s in-depth understanding of used vehicle marketplace dynamics, coupled with the needs of customers who rely on pricing and technical information to make business-critical decisions daily, ideally qualifies him for a role in the heart of CAP’s ‘engine room’. In turn, CAP’s innovative approach to creating new products and services, together with a strong focus on investment in genuine market expertise to bring new insight and deliver unrivalled value for customers, creates the ideal environment for his next career step.

Adrian Rushmore said: “I’m delighted to take the opportunity to be at the centre of a business committed to investing in the best market expertise, innovation and quality. I also look forward to leading a team which puts the customer at the forefront of everything it does.

“This is a very exciting time to be joining CAP and helping to shape the future of a business focused on investing to drive excellence and future growth.”

CAP CEO, Ian Rendle, said: “Adrian is one of the most well respected figures in the automotive business information industry and he brings with him a deep knowledge of our key markets together with a thorough understanding of customers in all of our commercial sectors.

“We are delighted to welcome him into what will undoubtedly prove one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in the company’s history as we continue to drive investment into skills and quality for the benefit of our customers.”

Adrian Rushmore joins CAP after 26 years with Glass’s Information Services, the last 12 years spent in the position of Managing Editor.

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For further information contact Mike Hind, Communications Manager, CAP on 0113 222 2044 / 07710 152030