An interesting statistic has emerged from our latest poll. In answer to the question ‘will a Brit win a major in 2012′, more people have voted for Tony Jacklin than Graham McDowell or Ian Poulter. Worth a bet?
Answer; Phil Harvey on his racing Honda 600. Here he is at the recent Oliver’s Mount road races in Scarborough. He’s building up to competing in the TT races on the Isle of Man in June.
So to all our Manx customers, please get out and cheer him on in the Supersport 600 races on the 4th and 6th June. He’ll be running number 59. You can’t miss him. Unless you blink.
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Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses
After the Lord Mayor’s Show
I always feel just a little sympathy for the golfers who win the week immediately after a Major, especially if it’s a Masters as dramatic as the one just taken by Blubber Watson. We’re still on a high from watching that magnificent golf course and the superb final round it so often produces. And most of the top names in the game don’t play in the immediate aftermath of a major because it takes so much out of them and they know in advance that they will be either celebrating victory or, more likely, licking their wounds. Yet despite the fact that the field for the Maybank Malaysian Open was not quite, how can we put this, stellar, big respect is owing to Louis Oosthuizen. The man with, in my mind at least, the perfect swing and a putting stroke to match, shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on a green jacket in a playoff by strolling to victory. Having travelled over 12,000 miles in just over two weeks, crossing 12 time zones in the process and having to play 26 holes on the final day, he nevertheless shot four sub-70 rounds to win by three. I don’t know what his fitness regime is but perhaps we all need to try it.
Let’s hear it for the big guy
Talking of fitness, one man who doesn’t have a permanent place in the mobile gym that’s an essential component of all tours nowadays is Carl Pettersson, the burly Swedish-born golfer who’s now a naturalised American. Like Ooosthuizen, the big fella cruised the final round, in his case to take the RBC Heritage title by five strokes over Zach Johnson. Pettersson couldn’t beat a fat man in a (more…)
Our sign is starting to remind us of the Fawlty Towers sign. We’ve asked Premier Signs to use really heavy duty screws when they fix it this time.
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99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name
Praise the lord and pass the ammunition
If the glorious spring weather we have been enjoying hasn’t got you excited about the new golf season, then surely the prospect of this year’s Masters will get your heart beating faster than a Duracell bunny in a state of sexual anticipation. Partly this is because it’s the first major of the year after an eight-month drought and partly it’s the magnificence of the Augusta National golf course, with which we have become so familiar over the years. The people who run it may have a not very endearing history as racist good ‘ole boys, albeit very rich ones, but they do know how to run a golf tournament. And it has to be said, despite our natural affection for and loyalty to The Open, visually The Masters is the most sumptuous of the majors, especially if you only get to see it on television.
In the run-up to this year’s event, much attention has rightly been focused on Tiger’s victory in the Bay Hill International, and we have been reminded that each of the four previous times that a green jacket has been draped around his broad shoulders, it followed an earlier win on the US Tour – two of which were also at Bay Hill. But even more impressive than his victory at Arnold Palmer’s invitational was the manner in which it was achieved. He led the field in greens in regulation (57 out of 72), was 12-under for the par fives, drove much straighter and seemed to have confidence in his putter once again. And when he did miss a green, which wasn’t too often (at one stage over the weekend he gave himself 38 consecutive putts for birdie, albeit several of them were from a distance), he was equal first in getting up and down. It was very impressive but, (more…)Add a comment Tweet
In the course of the last five years or so we have met some very interesting customers. One of our pals, Brian Slater (we call him Biggles because he’s one of our test pilots) sent us a present the other day. We were a bit mystified and asked him to explain…
“Between 17 January and 28 February 1991 operation “Desert Storm” took place to kick Sadam out of Kuwait, which he invaded in December 1990. Vickers manufactured the Challenger battle tank, and the army sent about 200 of them out to Saudi Arabia to be used in the assault on Kuwait (Sadam). We (Vickers) sent a team of engineers out there as well so we could make sure the tanks were properly maintained and fit to do battle. I was due to go out in March 1991 as part of our team, but fortunately it was all over by 28 Feb !!
At the time of the war, Vickers were developing a “Mark 2″ version of the Challenger tank called (would you believe ?) “Challenger 2″. One of it’s main “new” features was that it was designed to be almost invisible to enemy radar (more…)Add a comment 1 Comment Tweet