Friday, 21 December 2012

SMB's Review of 2012...

SMB Bearings have had another cracking year - all thanks to you! 
So, we thought we'd cast our minds back over a few of the best bits...


We were delighted to be joined by Ian Emery, RC Helicopter pilot - he has wowed us with his meteoric rise up the AHA's ranking this year...


F1 In Schools competitors Adactus won the central England F1 in Schools Championship & also best engineered car...

Well done lads!  We're thrilled that our bearings played a small part in your overall success.   


Our new advert featured in Model Helicopter World magazine for the first time...    
If you look closely, you can see that the lovely Ian Emery is our poster boy!    


We had loads of spiffy videos from Shannon Francis, our lovely Bristol-based sponsored scooter rider - here's an example of just such a vid:  



Our EBAY SKATE SHOP finally opened - YEAY!!!

We continue to sell over 2000 other items via our traditional store (ye olde fashioned telephone & email), but thought that we'd give this a whirl & so far, so good!


Vive La France! Our French gravity sports champions took podiums galore & most of the style & glory at La Rigalet...

Marie Bougourd & Philipe Dupuy at Rigalet

Schaeffer Mclean continued to wow us with his skills - this 8 year old skateboarder has had quite a year & his international acclaim continues to grow. 

Check out this great vid for a show of skills & also a lovely reminder of what summer sunshine looks like!


We were so, so proud of young Harry Redstone - we went to watch him competing at Swindon Radio Controlled Model Car Club (SRCMCC for short!) & although he didn't do so well whilst his bearing sponsors were watching (I think we might have put him off his stride a bit :-) ) he has had an amazing overall season & race series & is thinking of competing in national competitions next year...

Harry & his Dad in the pits between races

We were delighted to catch up with Stan at Jankowski Weathervanes again, it is always a real treat to see where our bearings end up & this is never truer than in the hands of a real artisan like Stan...


We got in early & donated heaps of prizes to Hogtoberfest - a downhill skateboarding weekend of mayhem!


Ian Emery finished 3rd in the AHA British Nationals!  What an astounding first-season result for our local RC heli hero.


Our customers continue to delight with their ingenuity - not least this month RSL Steeper & their prosthetic hand (that allows one wearer to make a famous Gallic gesture for the first time in 5 long years!), & Hans Meevis, a wonderfull talented jeweller currently based in Germany.

The fun part came when the lovely ladies at Valleys Roller Dolls got in touch - this dynamic bunch of roller derby afficianados needed some decent skate bearings & we were happy to oblige. 

We look forward to helping them out in the future & following their roller derby progress -if they're not too shy, we'll hopefully tell you more about them soon :-)


Well, what a year it has been!  I hope you enjoyed just a small sample of our many highlights from 2012.  We'd like to thank our clients for their continued custom, our suppliers for their continued support & our friends for keeping us entertained all bally year! 

Christmas lights in London last weekend

We'd like to wish you all the very best for the festive season & the coming year - see you in 2013!!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012