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At the end of August we had a blast at The Malvern's Classic 2021 and The first ever Valley Burner event!
We had a stall at The Valley Burner and watched some seriously harcore riders take on a tough cross country track in seriously hot conditions.
The Malvern's Classic was a great experience, seeing so many families enjoying the sport of mountain biking and so many businesses showcasing their products, just mind blowing!
We were also stoked to see one of our ambassadors, Ruben (Trailrippers) take two podiums. Great effort from all the young people in the races, so good to see them on the hill again!
We have also had a few full day airbrush lessons over the last few weeks, and more to come. If you would like to have a go at airbrushing or fancy buying this as a gift experience then take a look at our lessons page for more information.
The autumn and winter period are beginning to book up quickly, so if you are thinking of having any custom work done then we recommend getting in touch soon so we can fit you in.
August is usually a quieter month for us, everyone is out using their motorcycles, road bicycles, mountain bikes, vans and show vehicles whilst they can. This can only mean one thing though, that autumn and winter are the opportunity for people to get their paint work sorted out ready for 2022! So we recommend booking in early.
We were very proud to see that one of our paint jobs was a multiple award winner in a recent show. The Royal Welch Fusilier themed Bandit 1200 won several awards, including best paint work at the Bandit Rally 2021.
It was also great to see the Atherton Racing team continuing to progress through the UCI DH Mountain Bike World Cup season. The team raced at Maribor and the race runs saw Charlie Hatton have an unfortuate crash, but Andreas Kolb rode into 16th place with no chain and Mille Johnset took a solid 7th place.
We are also going to be both participating in, and displaying on our own stand, at The Valley Burner event at the end of August. This is a family mountain biking event local to us, just outside of Oswestry and is well worth entering. We are proud to be supporting Adrenaline Sporting Events and we look forward to working with them much more in the future!
It's been another crazy busy few weeks in which we have worked hard on an exciting custom artwork project for the Continental Atherton Race Team.
The race team had their new custom helmets in time for the second round of the Downhill World Cup in Les Gets, and they wasted no time in showing them off on an awesome track. Unfortunately Charlie Hatton had a big crash in practice on qualifiying day and his helmet did it's job and saved his head, but it was smashed and won't be able to be used again! Andreas Kolb had a wild race run and crashed out down the bottom a wet course, but he is all good and kept the crowd entertained. Mille Jonhset had a stormer of a race run and came 4th, taking her first ever elite women's podium!
The last few weeks have been very busy; we've had a lot of different projects coming through the door that we have been working on. We can't share all of these projects with you just yet, so watch this space!
We completed a very unique VW Caddy engine cover and air ride tank custom paint job, these have been commissioned as part of a full show van build that will blow your socks off! Look out for finished photos and a video in the next few weeks. We have also been getting creative with clothing, styling up the Artworx logo and making custom hoodies for work and home. We are thinking about making some custom clothing items available to purchase online, so if you are interested then just drop us a message.
With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, hopefully this will mean that there will be opportunity to attend all sorts of shows and races this Summer. Our ambassadors, the Trailrippers, have received their brand new custom Endura race jerseys ready to take on some Downhill MTB racing! We think these are amazing and we hope that they have fun racing again.
This month also sees a change within the business itself. Lee is now joined full time in the business by the his wife Steph, and she will be doing a wide range of tasks including preparation of your items and making them shine after they are painted. So please get in touch with your custom artwork ideas today, we are happy to discuss and give you a free, no obligation quote.
Lockdown has been useful for some things, it has meant that we have been able to crack on with developing our unit!
We now have a fully functioning office space with a great view over the workshop. This is a space that allows for design work to be completed away from the noisy work area and for customers to come into when allowed to discuss ideas, look at previous work and relax!
We are proud to announce that we have been working with the team at Atherton Bikes for the past 18 months on the development of their innovative custom mountain bike brand.
This has been a very exciting opportunity, and the first 50 bike frames have now been sold and many of them are now out there shredding around the globe.
Each Atherton Bike frame uses additive manufacturing technology to 3D print titanium lugs that are bonded to carbon tubes, each frame being made to the specifications of the customer.
Once bonded together the frames come to us at Lee Morgan Artworx HQ and each are painted and lacquered to a high quality finish that compliments the materials that are used in the production of these frames.
Check out the Atherton Bikes web page for more information on this up and coming bike brand.
Photo credits: Dan Griffiths (Atherton Bikes)
It's been a difficult winter for everyone for lots of reasons so we have tried to knuckle down and keep pushing forward here at Artworx HQ. We now have an office and storage space on top of the paint booth, big thanks to G-Hive and MBH Maintenance for their hard work in getting this sorted.
We are also stoked to announce that we have new ambassadors for 2021, we would like to introduce the trailrippers.
The trailrippers are 12 year old Nathan and 10 year old Ruben, they live and shred in Dyfi and are two up and coming young mountain bikers. They have both been racing from a young age and dream of becoming professional DH Mountain Bikers when they are older. We believe they can go all the way and are proud to support them on their journey. You can check them out on instagram and youtube @trailrippers
Photo credits: Lee Bell, Oliver Photography, Dan Struthers
We would like to wish you all a happy new year for 2021, and although 2020 was a year that we might wish to forget, it brought us new opportunities here at Lee Morgan Artworx!
In June 2020 we moved from our small studio space at The British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry into our very own large unit nearer to Oswestry town centre!