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Brilliant News! The horse-drawn riding carriage specially designed for wheelchair disabled riders has been delivered safe and sound; and what a beauty she is!
Big shout out to the members of the H&L team in conjunction with Fenix Carriages for making this possible. Special thanks must also go to Mark Broadbent, pictured, for his expertise and the labour of love he has put into the project.
We still need to apply a couple of finishing touches, but be sure to watch this space for updates on when we hope to deliver the carriage to Park Lane Stables, as well as a competition we will be running later this month to ask our readers to help name her!
And just to stop you worrying about it, Park Lane Stables will be supplying a horse to pull the carriage, Mark from Fenix is freed to do what he is so much better at, building them rather than pulling them.
Thanks Mark – great job well done!
We just had to bring you this piece of behind-the-scenes goings on at H&L HQ in deepest darkest Twickenham.
The two protagonists, we won’t identify them, but let’s just call them Peter and Andrew had as close to a falling out as you can get over a small and very missing angle grinder disk key.
Peter vigorously maintained that the tool came with a key to change the disk. Andrew said it didn’t. You can imagine the debate going backwards and forwards but with no resolution and definitely no key.
So Peter eventually gives up and purchases a new angle grinder with, lo and behold, a key.
Andrew has a look in his tool box to see if he has something similar ……………………. and the rest is history folks!!
We might be rightly famous for the high quality work we do on repairing and re-spraying damaged cars but we have been known to extend out talents a bit further.
Here’s a good example. We’ve recently completed the painting of this interesting line of objects ….. but what exactly are they?
You’d never guess – and nobody has so far – they’re actually mounting posts for CCTV cameras.
A well known high street brand turned to H&L Motors’ expertise to paint these items up in corporate colours for a brand new store opening.
Now, of course, we can’t tell you who our customer was nor show you the finished colour scheme because that would be a bit of a giveaway wouldn’t it; but here’s a little hint.
If you wander up and down the length of the world famous Oxford Street you just might spot a bit of classic H&L handiwork.
H&L Motors has for a long time enjoyed a very special working relationship with Volkswagen Group.
Providing high quality bodywork repair services to a large number of Volkswagen dealers in the South London area, here at H&L we are proud to have for many years delivered to the exacting standards that Volkswagen rightly demand from their bodywork repairers.
Now to confirm the strength of that tie, Jonathon Laney, partner at H&L Motors has been appointed to co-chairman of the Volkswagen Paint and Body Business Development Group. The Paint & body BDG is a Think Tank and a platform in which to discuss new ideas with the view to promote the high standards of excellence targeted by Volkswagen Group in the UK. Working on the Group with senior industry professionals, Jonathon is looking forward to having a major impact on maintaining the high technical and customer service standards for which Volkswagen group and, of course, H&L Motors itself are rightly renowned.
…….. talking again, as we were a couple of posts ago, of electric vehicles – H&L is trialling a new electric motor van. Here it is.
You can’t really tell the difference can you? although it drives quite differently; very smooth. Will do 160 miles between charges and can be charged direct from mains electricity; so all our drivers have to remember is to charge it between trips!!
Here’s the first glimpse of a very special project. H&L Motors have always been a proud supporter of important local projects and good causes and we are honoured to be helping Park Lane Stables based in Teddington this year, by providing them with a horese-drawn riding carriage specially designed for disabled wheelchair riders to enjoy. Early stages yet but it’s already looking exciting.
We look forward to sharing more pics of this as it develops!
Probably taking it a bit far to suggest that electric cars are taking over but H&L Motors welcomed its first all electric vehicle to the works this week. This stunning looking Tesla model was in for an electrical fix that only H&L had the equipment to carry out at that time.
So thanks to our philosophy of total investment in leading repair technologies, H&L was yet again equal to the task of sorting out a complex technical problem. And the outcome …… another satisfied customer!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that our customers with traditional petrol or diesel drives need worry that we are not ready for them; fortunately H&L Motors has already invested heavily in all the necessary equipment, staff training and skills to ensure that we can look after your car whatever its make, model or repair need.
They say the only constant is change.
We think our longest serving employee (let’s call him Dave; we can do that, after all it’s his name) will agree. We’ve dug into the archives and found a picture from Dave’s very first day at work. Compare it to a slightly more recent photo.
So it’s not exactly like one of those almost identical ‘spot the difference’ photos – you can spot the odd difference or two without a magnifying glass; let’s face it you don’t see too many Ford Corsairs on the road these days!!
Seriously though, Dave has now put in a magnificent 40 years of dedicated service to H&L Motors and is now out senior MOT tester. Times have changed but Dave’s high standards have never wavered.
Congratulations Dave on 40 excellent years and thank you.
So we’re not just all about cars. Take a look at this amazing quad bike. It was looking pretty used when it came in to H&L Motors so its owner asked us to give it a heavy duty piece of housekeeping and a shiny new respray – bodywork and grills.
You can see the extremely colourful impact of our efforts in our before and after photos.
Also the eagle eyed amongst you will see why we say we won’t see it on the roads any time soon; slight lack of number plates, indicators etc.
So, whilst we were musing over our latest piece of work we got to thinking about some of the other vehicles we have “entertained” and sorted out for our customers over the years. Here’s two we really loved at the time and still enjoy looking at.
Agreed, this one wasn’t exactly an “off-road” vehicle although it was very definitely “off road” at the time it was on the back of our trailer!!
The real thing ….. not even fantasy football. England finally took home a football world cup, only fifty years after the last time.
The H&L Motors World Cup that is, in association with Brouge Bistros was held last Friday night. The four international teams, England, Belgium, Azerbaijan and India, well local lads really wearing different coloured shirts, slugged it out on a truly grotty cold wet foggy night in Twickenham (see pic of Belgian goalkeeper picking the ball out of the net); and you thought Twickenham was the home of rugby !!
The whole event was held, of course, for charity and a lot of fun for those involved. A magnificent £2,257.20 was raised on the night for the Cystic Fybrosis Trust.
And a massive thank you must go to Blade Llangozi from Brouge Bistros, the inspirational and organisational mastermind of the event without whose unflagging efforts none of this would have taken place.
Well done all and let’s hope we don’t have to wait another fifty years for England’s next World Cup win.
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