Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Cool cars...

We had a bit of excitement earlier - true, it doesn't take much to get us going here (we nearly bust a gut when we had a request for bearings from the special effects department working on a well known wizarding-school film) but this was actually genuinly exciting for bearing sellers as it's not often that we get to see where our products end up! 

A lovely gentlemen called in for a couple of motor bearings & told us that he works for Alpine Eagle, a locally based company who restore classic cars.  The bearings were to help in some restoration work on a Rolls Royce.  Check out some of the stunning work they've already completed:

Rolls Royce Phantom

1939 Derby Bentley

1955 R-type Rolls Royce

There are these & so much more to see at their website  - check it out for tonnes of car history & enthusiasm - these guys obviously have flair & a passion for their work.


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Extreme Wheels 2010

Anyone local to us should head to Carterton this weekend, as Carterton Skate Park is hosting "Extreme Wheels 2010" on Saturday 14.08.10.  2009's event was a fantastic success, so let's hope that 2010 follows suit - & that the weather fairies are kind!! 

Last year's highlights are shown below:


This year's headliner band is Pegasus Bridge, their song "Ribena" is sampled below -

<a href="">Ribena by Extreme Wheels Festival</a>

To see more details of the bands playing on the day, go to

Have fun everyone!!


Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Stephen Bates, skating for Leukemia Charity...

Just a heads up for anyone who hasn't heard, a student recovering from Leukemia is skating 200 miles for charity. 

Stephen says  "The reason I'm doing this is due to personally being affected by Leukaemia in 2006. At the end of my first year at University I had to take a year out for treatment and all I wanted to do is get back to Uni! Fortunately I did get back and had a good three years more there. Now it's time to give back for all the help I received.

The money you donate will go to Leukemia and Lymphoma Research, which affects people of all ages. This charity is the only UK charity that soley invests in research for blood cancers and has over 50 years experience. I experienced treatment intensely for over a year and 2 extra years of maintance treatment during my studies. This affects your everyday life and infections can be more serious during this time. Therefore if I can raise money to aid in research in finding a cure or reduce treatment time for future sufferers, then i'm there. Even if it means my legs are going to suffer for it.

The plan is to start on the 10th August and hopefully within 7 days will reach sunny Maidstone. The route is now planned, and will be going through Nottingham, Leicester, Market Harbourough, Northampton, Towcester, Dunstable, Luton, St Albans, Elstree, Camden Town, Brockley, Swanley, Wrotham and then finally Maidstone."  

 All at SMB wish you the very best of luck Stephen, we'll have our fingers crossed for a safe & happy skate :0)

Visit Stephen's Justgiving page to donate