When a father and son drag racing team made a pit stop at their local ETB garage in Worcester, the tyre specialists were only too happy to provide some suitably swift support.
Brian and Lee Huxley of Dark Horse Drag Racing are sweeping all before them in the sport, looking quite resplendent in their Steve McQueen inspired 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback.
And while the pair - who have won the UK National Championship and Santa Pod Racers Club Championship for the last two years - might look like they need little help in succeeding, they were quick to stop off at an ETB forecourt for some assistance.
Not only did ETB answer their call by way of a sponsorship deal for the year, but they also agreed to replace the tyres on the 600bhp machine free of charge once the boys have ordered them in from America, in a show of support to two local lads.
Lee said: “The tyres are 15in wide and 32ins tall, so they don’t half take some replacing! It’s a really hard job fitting tyres to the car, but the ETB boys know what they’re doing and we always enjoy visiting them.
“We really appreciate their sponsorship. Dad would always go to ETB for his tyres and the relationship goes back a long way.
“We hope that we are repaying them with our results and we will be doing all we can to keep on getting faster – and even more successful.”
Lee, aged 48 and dad Brian, 75, have more than 60 years’ experience out on drag racing tracks between them and they are constantly looking to improve, as seen in a time of 9.44 seconds at 141mph over a quarter-mile stretch recently.
ETB’s marketing manager John Tear said: “We have known Lee and Brian for a good number of years and have always followed their results closely, ever since we first saw the Mustang on the forecourt.
“When they asked for our support by way of sponsorship, we were only too happy to oblige.”
Lee said that while the results meant a lot to him and his dad, the chance to spend quality time with his father was also something that money couldn’t buy.
“I think that is why we do so well, because we are at ease with one another and enjoy spending quality time together.
“As a result of this, we are relaxed and calm, which translates out on the track with the times we are able to record.
“I wouldn’t say Dad is quicker than me though,” joked Lee. “We both take it in turn to drive in races. I’d say I used to learn a lot from him when younger, but now he is learning from me in one or two ways.
“For an old ‘un, he’s still pretty quick!”
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