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World’s fastest Super Sonic car attempts to break land speed record of 1000mph

By Emma Drew

June 30, 2015

World’s fastest Super Sonic car attempts to break land speed record of 1000mph

Perkins Slade were the proud sponsors of an event which brought the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car to Birmingham on Wednesday 24th June, hosted by Moore Stephens.

A replica model of the jet powered car was displayed in the grounds of the accountants building for guests to view up close. Visitors were offered the opportunity to experience the car that travels faster than the speed of sound through a simulator.

Richard Noble, engineer, entrepreneur and director of the Bloodhound project delivered an inspiring presentation, taking guests back on a journey to 1983 when he brought the world land speed back to the UK and talked through the cars progress from its earliest developments to the present day.

Noble commented that his lifetime fascination for motorsport and speed stemmed from a young age after watching British racing motorist, John Cobb in his attempt to beat the world water speed record in Loch Ness, a moment that inspired him to go on to achieve his own invention.

Bloodhound is the world’s first supersonic car designed to push engineering and science beyond the boundaries of current motorsport in an attempt to set a new world record. It has been built with a triple engine system consisting of an EJ jet engine, Nammo hybrid rocket cluster and a Jaguar supercharged V8 engine that when combined produce 135,000 horse power. It is thought the project has cost an estimated £40 million to manufacture and test, which has been funded by various sponsorship deals and donations from members of the public.

The car will first be tested in November at the Aerohub in Newquay and will then be transported to Hakskeen Pan desert in South Africa, one of the flattest places on the planet, where it will be test driven by Andy Green, the world’s fastest driver, to take the current land speed record from 765mph and setting it to a new test speed record of 800mph.

Bloodhound will return again to South Africa in 2016 in an attempt to reach an incredible speed record of 1000mph in 55 seconds which is faster than the jet fighter. This equates to covering approximately four and a half football pitches in one second.

The Bloodhound project has brought manufacturing and engineering back to Britain which in recent years the industry has seen a shortage of such skills. The Bloodhound education programme aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, mathematicians and scientists to lead on to an exciting career to create something spectacular.

Nick Tamblyn, Perkins Slade CEO commented:

“Perkins Slade were thrilled to be able to support Moore Stephens in hosting the Bloodhound SSC event in Birmingham. The thought of a car travelling at 1,000 mph is truly mind-blowing. Richard Noble’s update on the progress his team are making was truly inspirational and shows what can be achieved despite limited budgets and often in the face of adversity”.

Future improvements will be to make the model lighter so that it skims off the ground whilst travelling at ground breaking speed. The progress of the project guarantees there are exciting times ahead.

Contact us? 

If you would like to learn more about Perkins Slade Motorsport insurance please contact Nigel Hayden, Development Executive on:

T: 0121 698 8152


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The impact of road tax regulation changes on motor traders

By Emma Drew

May 11, 2015

The impact of road tax regulation changes on motor traders

Source: AXA

On 1 October 2014, changes were made to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA), introduced as part of the Finance Bill.

The removal of the traditional paper tax disc and the ability to transfer un-expired road tax from one owner to the next is having a significant impact on the motor trade industry.

The record of road tax will be held on the DVLA database and the Police will now rely on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to support enforcement and compliance.

Under the changes introduced by the Bill the following will be affected:

  1. Buying a vehicle:-
    Vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. The vehicle will need to be taxed by the new keeper before the vehicle can be used on the road.
  1. Selling a vehicle:-
    The seller can no longer transfer any unexpired period of road tax to the purchaser of the vehicle. Instead the DVLA, upon notification, will automatically provide a refund for any full calendar months left to the person named on the DVLA register.
  1. Vehicle demonstrations:-
    An unlicensed stock vehicle can only be driven on an accompanied test drive using a trade plate.
  1. Road testing of customers’ vehicles following service or repair:-
    It will no longer be immediately obvious if a customer’s vehicle is taxed. Motor traders should check with the customer, or use their trade plate when test driving the vehicle.

Implications to motor traders:

  • There will no longer be any valid road tax on any vehicle you buy or accept as part-exchange into your business.
  • You will need to ensure you have systems to check whether customers’ vehicles are taxed where road testing may be required, such as following a service or repair. Simply check whether a vehicle is licensed on the DVLA website, enter the vehicle registration make or the V5C reference number.
  • You can drive an unlicensed stock vehicle on the road on your trade plate, but only for business purposes in accordance with the conditions of use.
  • If you drive an unlicensed stock vehicle on the road without registering and taxing it, you will be in breach of the new regulations.
  • You can still provide accompanied demonstrations of unlicensed sales stock vehicles to purchasers on your trade plate licence, if you have any, and provided your insurance is extended accordingly.
  • Unaccompanied demonstration can only be offered on licensed vehicles, provided your insurance is extended accordingly.
  • You will no longer be able to use sales stock vehicles for your own business or pleasure purposes, unless the vehicle has been registered and taxed by your business.

Ultimately, if your business is involved in the retail of new or used vehicles you will now need to possess of a set of trade plate licenses before being able to offer any demonstration of your unlicensed vehicle sales stock to prospective purchasers, unless you register and tax the vehicles you intend to sell.

As you will not be able to drive any untaxed sales stock vehicles there is no need to add them onto your Motor Insurance Database (MID) vehicle record as the vehicle will be driven under your trade plate licence which must be recorded on the MID.

How can we help?

For more information on ensuring you are compliant with the new regulations please contact:

Max Hartley

Motorsports Development Executive

T: 0121 698 8119


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Perkins Slade partners with Tolman Motorsport for 2015 British GT Championship

By Emma Drew

March 23, 2015

Perkins Slade partners with Tolman Motorsport for 2015 British GT Championship

Perkins Slade is proud to announce its partnership with British automotive and motorsport specialist Tolman Motorsport.

Perkins Slade, along with Shaw Sheet Metal will be providing valuable business services and product supply to Tolman Motorsport and its race team. Our logo features on the sides of the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 race car that will be competing in the 2015 British GT Championship, driven by Luke Davenport and David Pattison.

The Official British GT media day at Brands Hatch circuit is on the 25 March,  followed by the season opener at Oulton Park in Cheshire, 4 – 6 April.

Tolman Motorsport Managing Director Christopher Tolman commented:

“It is great that these two leading companies have seen the potential we have and the great exposure that can be achieved by partnering with us for our first entry into the prestigious British GT Championship. It should be a good year for the team and we look forward to our first race in April. The team are in good shape and our recent test in Jerez shows that the car and drivers have the speed necessary to achieve the results we hope for.”

Nigel Hayden, Perkins Slade Development Executive added:

“We are delighted to have partnered with Tolman Motorsport, for the 2015 season and beyond, and look forward to working with them and their other partners to help make the season a success. We’ve been extremely impressed with the drive and ambition of the team and are sure that they’ll achieve the significant long term targets they have set themselves. The whole team’s ethos and work ethic fits very comfortably with that of Perkins Slade and we look forward to the development of the partnership.

We wish everyone at Tolman Motorsport a very successful and safe 2015.”


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A professional thief is able to steal your bike in less than a minute!

By Emma Drew

September 11, 2014

A professional thief is able to steal your bike in less than a minute!

Over 90% of Off Road bike thefts are made during the working day, when nobody is home. Off Road Bikes are known for being more difficult to trace when stolen and are a hot product for thieves.

Here the Motorsport team at Perkins Slade provide a few simple precautions that you can take to make it a little more difficult for would be thieves.

Conceal it

  • Cover your bike where possible
  • Do not leave attractive items such as helmets out in plain sight
  • Don’t leave any keys on view inside your home and keep them away from windows and doors where an opportunist thief could gain access.

Secure it

  • Consider a ground anchor
  • Fit strong locks to all doors and windows
  • Don’t forget to lock your garage!

Register it

Have you registered your bike with the DVLA? It’s free! Your engine and frame numbers will then show up on Police and DVLA systems making it easier to identify ownership, should it be recovered.

Mark it

Mark your parts in as many places as possible with an ultra violet marker and keep a record of the parts you’ve marked.  This will not only make the parts more difficult to sell on, but increase your chances of getting the bike back should it be stolen and recovered.

There are over 500,000 motorcycles protected by Datatag in the UK changing the theft picture for bikes completely. The theft rate on these machines is less than a 10th of the rate before it was developed. The multi-layered electronic identification and anti-theft system enables the Police to identify the true owners, even if all standard identification numbers have been removed. The Datatag warning decals also act as a good deterrent for thieves!

Insure it

Even with all the precautions in place, thefts still occur. A new Off Road bike insurance scheme from Perkins Slade can provide cover for:

  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Accidental damage and malicious damage whilst your bike is in storage, transit or in the paddock at an event
  • Automatically included in the premium is cover for the excess* on your bike; we believe this is unique in this market.

With premiums starting from just £110, we’re offering you the peace of mind that should the worst happen, there will be nothing to pay following loss or damage to your bike, providing the damage exceeds the excess amount.

*Excess protection does not apply to tools, spares or protective clothing. 

Contact us

If you’d like to learn more about Perkins Slade Off Road bike insurance cover or speak to us in more detail about other areas of Motorsport insurance, please contact:

Steph Nash
Development Executive

T: 0121 698 8161


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Perkins Slade reviews driver training for 11-17 year olds

By Emma Drew

August 28, 2014

Perkins Slade reviews driver training for 11-17 year olds

Nigel Hayden, Motorsport Development Executive at Perkins Slade, brings this guest blog about Young Driver.

Research shows that it’s a lack of driving experience, not your age, that causes 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers to crash within 6 months of passing their test. Something had to be done to reduce this frightening statistic – and so Young Driver was started!

Young Driver arranges driving experiences for young people between the ages of 11 and 17. They have brand new dual controlled Skoda Citigo’s, and are based at key locations around the UK where customers can attend and drive a vehicle in a safely controlled environment with Approved Driving Instructors (ADI).

My son went twice at the age of 16 enabling him to understand clutch control and to gain knowledge of the general handling of a car. The staff have been excellent, it’s well organised and most of the hour is spent in the car driving, not sitting through briefings. Each customer receives a Young Driver diary which records their progress and avoids having to go over things already mastered at previous lessons.

It is fundamentally a way to learn in a very safe environment, get some hours under your belt driving a car, and is huge fun for the participants.

Young Driver is a great way for young people to learn some of the basics before they get on the road at the age of 17.

For more information or to book visit:

How can we help?

Perkins Slade’s dedicated  team have long standing experience providing risk management solutions and motorsport insurance, combined with a strong personal interest in all disciplines of motorsport.

With a clear understanding of specific risks as well as the knowledge and insurer relationships we can put together robust, bespoke motorsport motor trade insurance programmes. We help to ensure your organisation, team or business is not left vulnerable by inadequate cover.

Please contact me, Nigel Hayden, Development Executive, if you’d like more information about any of our motorsport services on:

T: 0121 698 8152


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