25th November 2019
12 DEALS OF CHRISTMAS FROM ABRACS!
Cover the cost of Christmas with Abracs! A Christmas daily countdown with a twist is the approach Abracs have taken for our 2019 December promotions. As a big thank you to our loyal customer base, a wide variety of daily product range promotions will be available throughout December to all Abracs customers. Abracs Christmas promotions have been tailored to give customers a helping hand with the cost of Christmas. Each of the 12 Deals of Christmas come with a free retail voucher which can be used to purchase all manner of gifts, food and housewares from a wide variety of well known high street and online stores.
Managing Director Rob Jeffery explains - “We would like to thank our customers for their long term support by offering the opportunity to treat themselves and their families this Christmas. Whether it be an extra present for your loved ones or an extra large turkey for the annual festive spread, if you are an Abracs customer, we’ve got it covered!” Abracs Christmas deals are available for delivery until Friday 20th December. The deals are only available on the day they become active, so you will need to be quick off the mark to get your free vouchers. Check into our social media channels for daily updates throughout the month!
You are allowed to reserve the deal of the day for delivery anytime before the 20th December making the delivery of your order convenient for you. Vouchers will be provided by Voucher Express. To view the full range of retail outlets available for your Voucher Express allocation please visit www.voucherexpress.co.uk
It is going to be a busy and exciting month for the York based company, with retail vouchers worth up to £25 for each deal taken and highly competitive prices on offer why not see what Abracs have to offer this festive season! If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Abracs team.
15th October 2019
LLOYD CLAIMS MAIDEN MONZA PODIUM IN DRAMATIC TCR EUROPE SEASON FINALE
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Daniel Lloyd claimed a superb second TCR Europe race win of the year at the Circuit De Barcelona Catalunya during last weekend’s penultimate race meeting at the iconic Spanish track (September 21/22).
A magnificent drive in race two saw the Yorkshireman hold off a succession of challenges from the fast-charging Audi to take the chequered flag in the Brutal Fish Racing Team Honda Civic Type R.
The Abracs backed racer led a text-book drive in the final contest of the weekend with a flawless defensive drive from pole position. Despite coming under unrelenting pressure from Magnus for the duration of the interrupted race, Lloyd held steadfast to take top honours in the #123 Civic Type R. Lloyd’s second win of the TCR Europe season continues the 27-year-old’s stunning form that has seen him claim back-to-back wins in Spain and Germany, following on from his maiden podium finish in Austria back in July.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with that win;” commented Lloyd. “We worked so hard for that win out on track. It may have looked easy, but it certainly wasn’t the case in reality. “The Audi had the legs on us for sure, and I had to defend hard to stop Magnus from coming through. It’s always great to get a race win, but it feels even sweeter when you’ve had to work that hard for the victory!”
In spite of missing the opening two rounds of the season, Lloyd has quickly established himself as a credible challenger in the TCR Europe Series, with his two victories and podium from the last three meetings helping to propel him up the championship standings. The Abracs-backed driver added; “I’m really happy for the team as well. They’ve given me a perfect car again this weekend so I’m glad I was able to secure the win for them. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Martin Ryba giving me the opportunity, so I am grateful for his support, I came here with a plan this weekend and achieved exactly what I set out to do. With two wins and a podium under my belt, I’ve shown that I can mix-it-up with the best of them in the championship. The focus now is to carry that momentum into the final round, and into next season. My plan is to come back next year and challenge for the TCR Europe title. That’s 100% on my radar.
Lloyd and the Brutal Fish Racing Team will be back in action for the 2019 TCR Europe season finale at the Autodromo Di Monza, in Italy on October 12/13.
23rd September 2019
ABRACS RAT RACERS GO COAST TO COAST FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK
The weekend of the 14th and 15th of September is one that will forever stick with 7 of the Abracs Team as one hell of an achievement. The Rat Race Coast-to-Coast takes you on a breathtaking 105 mile route taking in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland the weekend saw us run, cycle and kayak past the historic Cawdor Castle, the legendary Loch Ness and the mountainous Glen Nevis and Glencoe, the route is described as unforgiving Highland terrain and unpredictable weather that breeds tough folk, across the weekend we found out why.
The long drive from the Abracs HQ in York to Nairn in Northern Scotland was a scenic journey filled with anticipation, nerves & carbohydrates, followed by a smooth registration for the event and a quick assembly of a tent, the team saw the sun set on a stunning Scottish evening with some takeaway pizza and a few games of overly competitive table tennis before getting some rest ahead of the first day.
After what was a pleasant evening, Day 1 saw the weather deteriorate, with colder temperatures and some wind coming in. Still eager to get going the team hit the start line at 9am sharp, setting off as part of wave 2 we set off on the 7 mile trail run from Nairn to Cawdor Castle. The run was a reasonably simple route following the Nairn coastline before cutting in through the woods, down some narrow track and along the river towards the transition at Cawdor Castle. Despite some uneven surfaces and a couple of slips on the muddy forest tracks everybody got through unscathed ready to climb on the bikes.
A quick transition to top up the water bottles and pull on the cycling shorts and the team were heading out on the bikes for a 48 mile ride south west towards Fort Augustus. It is safe to say that no amount of training could of prepared the team for what was to come. 40mph head winds, ice-cold rain and a 5000ft gain in elevation made for what was probably the most difficult part of the entire race. Cycling around the final corner and looking down on the campsite below was a very welcome sight knowing that the challenge of Day 1 was complete. Burgers and beers helped keep spirits high, as the rain stopped around 9pm the team hoped that would be the last we saw of the dreaded rain that weekend.
The team woke on Day 2 with some aches and pains but the dry weather was enough to give everyone a boost and get them back on the bikes. The whole team boosted by the dry weather powered through the off-road cycling, making great pace along the flatter canal tow paths before some great fun negotiating the forest tracks flying down hills and trying to avoid the huge potholes and rocks strewn across the route As we came down one final hairy slope we could see the road in sight and knew that there was only 13.5 miles of road cycling to go before we would ditch the bikes for good. The road cycle was a relatively flat and scenic route, following the waters edge of Loch Lochy we wound around the quite roads and towards the transition at Fort William.
At the transition it was back into the running shoes and after a quick food stop we were ready to take on the 14 miles which would take us from Fort William to waters edge of Loch Leven. However this again was not as simple as anyone had hoped. The route was up and down trails and streams littered with rocks and mud, which at one point took us through a fast flowing river where the water came above the knee. The route wrapped around the mountains, with breathtaking 360º panoramic views. We then swept through a valley before approaching our final climb, a 2000ft gain in elevation up a thin and muddy trail path, and as they say what goes up must come down, and with what can only be described as a slide down the other side of the mountain we were brought back down to road side and to the waters edge at Loch Leven. Muddy and wet from our numerous falls it was into the kayaks, only 1 mile of open water stood between us and the finish line, the cramps and aches began to surface but knowing we were so close the adrenaline pushed us on and as we climbed out the kayaks and the crowds cheered we sprinted down the final straight and across the line claiming our finishers medals and enjoying some well earned food around the open fire.
Bodies were shattered, knees sore and ankles aching, but spirits were high, all 7 Abracs Rat Racers had completed the challenge and enjoyed some well earned cold beers and a warm shower, knowing they had completed a mammoth challenge and all for a great cause.
There is still time to donate, please click the link below. The team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has already donated to support Cancer Research UK, we appreciate and value every contribution we receive.
19th September 2019
BARCELONA BECKONS FOR LLOYD AS TCR EUROPE REACHES ITS PENULTIMATE ROUND
Daniel Lloyd heads to the world-famous Circuit De Barcelona Catalunya in winning form this week for the penultimate meeting of the 2019 TCR Europe Championship at the Spanish circuit (September 21/22).
Renowned as one of the best circuits in the world, 27-year-old Lloyd will make his debut on the 4.655km track as part of the hugely competitive 35-car grid this coming weekend. Following a seven-week break in the calendar, Lloyd and the Brutal Fish Racing Team arrive in high spirits after securing a maiden win of the season in Germany last time out, just three weeks after the Yorkshireman took his first podium finish in Austria. “We’re fired up for this weekend;” commented Lloyd. “It’s been quite a long break since Germany, but we’re hopeful that we can carry our winning momentum into the last two rounds of the season.
“I’ve never been to this circuit before, so I have a lot to learn and will need to get to speed quickly on Friday in practice. The Honda Civic took both race wins here last season though; so on paper, the track should suit our car well, it’s a big grid this time out. I expect the racing to be closer than ever;” added the ABRACS and Mend-A-Hose-backed racer. “The VW, Seat, and Audi have all had weight reductions as well as part of the BOP changes so we’ll have a battle ahead of us. I have every confidence in the Brutal Fish crew. I’m sure that we’ll be right in the thick of things again this weekend.”
Following Friday’s free practice sessions, both qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday at 11.40/12.15 (local time, CET). Race 1 takes place at 17.45 on Saturday, September 21, with Race 2 scheduled for 12.30 on Sunday (September 22).
Both races will be streamed live at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv
10th September 2019
DAN LLOYD TOOK THE WHEEL FOR ABRACS IN THE MICKLEGATE SOAPBOX CHALLENGE
On a sweltering bank holiday Monday it was operation Soapbox for Abracs. In change of getting our car to the bottom was non other than Dan Lloyd TCR UK Champion! With up to 40 teams competing to be crowned The York Bid, Micklegate Soapbox Champions 2019 it was sure to be an exciting day!
Each team hurtled down the 6-meter ramp based near to the Micklegate Bar & rattled their way down the ancient cobbles towards Ouse Bridge, next came the big decision to jump or not to jump avoiding the 30cm jump incurred a 5 second penalty and although some teams chose to safely get their cars over the line Dan driving the Abracs car was never in doubt flying over the jump and careering to the finish line past the roaring crowd which was predicted to be around 20,000.
Each team did two runs, a morning run and an afternoon run, the 10 best timed teams would then run again for the Micklegate Soapbox crown, after heat one Abracs found themselves in 4th place heading for lunch with a level of optimism but knowing teams around them would look to make improvements for race 2.
The team got together and discussed race two tactics as we looked to shave a much time off as possible. In the end it was decided that we would add weight to the front of the vehicle to try and increase the speed on both the ramp and the cobbles as the road one again steepens, this did appear to work but on the flat slowed the car down more than previously costing possible precious seconds.
We had improved on our first time but post race discussions appeared to lean toward taking half of the added weight back off to improve on the flat while also hopefully keeping the increased speed on the steeper parts of the track.
However due to some good times around us we never had the chance to make those changes and push on, as we found ourselves ousted from the top 10 and down into 12th which proved to be our final position, a valiant effort on our first ever soapbox run especially when we only entered a few weeks prior to the race and found ourselves up against the clock to the get the car finished for the race. We will certainly look to enter again next year and with our knowledge gained this year hope to push for an even better finish.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Dan for taking time out of his busy race schedule to come and race for us, well be sure to give him a call again for next year!
28th August 2019
ABRACS ARE TAKING ON THE RAT RACE!
THE BIG ONE!! The Rat Race Coast to Coast adventure, taking the Abracs team though the breathtaking and challenging scenery the Scottish Highlands have to offer.
Over two days, seven of the team will be running, cycling and kayaking the 105 mile route from Nairn in Northern Scotland, past the historic Cawdor Castle, the legendary Loch Ness, the mountainous Glen Nevis and to the Isle of Glen Coe. The unforgiving Highland terrain and weather ensures this will be our toughest challenge yet, raising money for Cancer Research UK.
The Rat Race begins with a 7 mile run from the start line to Cawdor Castle, where we will swap our running attire for some padded shorts and lycra as we set of on the gruelling 48 mile road bike into the Highlands passing by Lock Ness. A quick 500m run to the edge of the loch where a half mile kayak to Fort Augustus will ease the stress from our legs to complete the first day. We head into Day 2 back on the bikes for a 21 mile off road cycle to The Great Glen where the terrain will smooth back out to tarmac for another 13.5 miles. A quick pit stop to refuel and get back into our running shoes we head off on a 14 mile trail run towards Loch Leven where we will be greeted by a 1 mile kayak into the finish line.
Although the terrain the team will endure over the two days is harsh, it is incomparable to struggles of cancer victims and their families worldwide. From 2014-2016 in the UK alone there were 363,484 new cases of cancer, with 163,444 deaths. Cancer Research UK have been working to beat cancer for more than 100 years, and their research is helping to improve the lives of those suffering. Due to their fantastic efforts the survival rate has doubled in the last 40 years, and with every donation we can contribute to seeing this rate increase. Every little really does support Cancer Research UK in their ongoing investment into helping those in need
Be sure to check back in a few weeks to see how the team got on, and please click the link below to donate, we appreciate and value every contribution we receive.
Wish us luck!
26th July 2019
BRAND NEW MULTI TOOLS RANGE COMING SOON!
Abracs BRAND NEW range of Multi-Tool Blades are designed for high performance and maximum versatility in professional use. Available in a wide range of specifications to cover all materials and applications, including wood, wood and metal and tiling.
Available for use on a variety of material applications, the range features 21 different blades, sold individually and in a range of kits for each specialist application. Every Abracs Multi-Tool blade features a universal shank that is compatible with all popular brands of Multi-Tools. The range in its entirety spans from 32mm to 87mm.
WOOD CUTTING BLADES
Manufactured using Chromium-vanadium steel, the wood cutting blades feature either milled teeth for a standard or plunge cut, or Japanese teeth for a precision cut. For use on wood/timber, plasterboard, plastics and similar material applications. These blades are long life and maximum performance, in 4 Star Pro and 5 Star Expert quality levels.
WOOD & METAL CUTTING BLADES
This range can be divided into two categories, defined by the manufacturing material. The Bi-Metal blades feature milled & hardened HSS teeth for standard cutting on hard & soft wood, wood with nails, sheet steel, plastics, aluminium and other non-ferrous metals. Also available are a range of precision cutting blades with Titanium coated Bi-Metal HSS teeth for fine, straight cutting. The addition of the Titanium coating results in a longer lasting, ultimate performance blade.
Designed for removing grout, adhesive, residues and plaster, as well as precision cutting in tiles, concrete and ceramic, the range of tiling blades feature a carbide grit radial saw blade, a carbide grit delta rasp, a diamond boot blade and a rigid scraper, all available in our 4 piece tiling kit.
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Our user friendly packaging is designed to aid your customer on the journey to purchase. On each pack there is a comprehensive range of information including cut type, tooth type, USP’s, material applications and features & benefits. We believe our packaging is the most informative on the market, making product selection easy and simple.
PUT TO THE TEST
Resident Product Tester Bruce Bellinger took these products into the Abracs Test Zone for some quality management checks, “I was very impressed with the speed and consistency of the cutting across the full range of these blades. Each blade works perfectly for its desired application, and I was especially impressed with the longevity of the products. Overall these blades performed fantastically well and provided the cut they were designed to on every occasion.”
Get in touch with the Abracs team for more details on the range.
10th July 2019
ABRACS BACK STUDENT ALEX BALDWIN TO FULFIL HIS MOTORSPORT DREAM
Abracs recently backed student Alex Baldwin in his pursuit to compete in his first ever Motorsport race as part of his upcoming documentary!
Speaking about the project Alex said “For our 3rd-year university project on my TV production course, we had to produce a 20-minute piece. I decided I wanted to create a documentary about my journey in motorsport, showing all of the tasks I had to complete to achieve this goal of taking part in my first ever motor race. We had over 25 shoot dates, It was an exciting process and I am very happy with the final result!”
“I needed to get the support of companies to ensure this project went ahead. Even though I was racing at a club level, motorsport is still somewhat expensive. I had a goal for the amount needed from sponsors and I sent out a number of emails to companies I knew had an interest in motorsport. Thankfully Abracs were very generous and supported me on my journey into motorsport. Without them, this project would not have been possible. Thanks to my sponsors I was able to live out a dream and I am very thankful for their support.”
Alex kindly answered a few questions about his experience from the desk to the track…
Where does your passion for racing come from? I started watching F1 on TV with my Dad in the early 2000’s and a few years later we went to the British GT at Brands Hatch and from that moment onwards I fell in love with the sport. We have been to hundreds of events since and the passion for the sport never left me. It has always been a dream to be involved with motorsports and thanks to my YouTube channel I have had some great opportunities to visit big events in F1, WEC, BTCC and DTM. I am very thankful for these as they allowed me even closer to the sport I love… But, one thing was left uncompleted, to take part in a race myself!
Why did you decide that becoming a racing driver would be a great topic for a documentary? I was sitting in a hotel room contemplating what on earth I would do for my final major project at University and it hit me. What is my main passion? Motorsport… I had the idea that I could make a documentary about me taking part in my first ever motor race, but at that stage, I never really thought about how it would happen! I knew that I had to create a documentary about something I love and motorsport was that. But I never expected it to come to light as there were so many possible problems along the way!
What have been the biggest challenges in becoming a racing driver? I was told throughout that the race license was “easy” as long as you were methodical. It was the first thing we actually filmed and I had built it up to more than it was and I was very nervous about it. That was a challenge mentally as I was thinking about passing that along with trying to plan the documentary, I got there, but that certainly was tough in the moment. The first time I stepped in a race car was a surreal experience and it took a number of track days to really feel at home as it is so different from driving a car on the road. I had some great advice from professional race drivers which allowed me to prepare mentally, but building up to a competitive race speed was tough, especially as I was so inexperienced!
What have you enjoyed most about the experience? Racing the car was a fantastic experience, but I would also say the great people I met along the way and the amazing donators and sponsors who ensured it happened, was also a part of this journey I really enjoyed. Without these people and the production team, I would not have been able to put this project together. I will appreciate these people forever, as they allowed me to live out my childhood dream! The buzz you get from racing a car is something that is very hard to describe, but continually pushing yourself to go faster and find improvements, is something I loved about this journey.
Please describe your first race weekend and the feeling as you sat on the grid ahead of the start? Sadly the first race did not go to plan and the car broke on the first driver (It was an endurance race with two drivers), so I never got to race. For the second race (and my first actual race) I took the grid which added the pressure. I had very little time in the car as the deal had all gone through last minute due to the issues with the first car. The second race weekend was actually less stressful as I had gone through all of the emotions in the first one before the car broke before I got to drive it. I went into this second race with a much calmer mindset and it allowed me to focus on driving a lot more. I took it steady in qualifying to ensure I got the minimum number of laps in to qualify me. Going into the race I sat on the grid with a lot of nerves as I knew this was a vital part of the race. We started 2nd in class and I knew the win was a tall order but relished the opportunity to battle and possibly go for a class win.
How did it feel to win? Things went our way in the race and the class pole-sitter had an accident on the first lap which meant we inherited the lead. It was then about ensuring I drove consistently for the race until I hand over to my teammate for the second half. It was a strange experience standing in the pit lane as Chris (my teammate) lapping around the track. After he took the win I honestly could not believe it. It was a dream to take part in my first motor race, but unbelievable to win our class! I knew we were lucky to get the win but I took it for what it was as I never expected to be in that position. A wide range of emotions went through me at the moment, but I was simply happy to have dedicated myself to my dream for 6 months and making it happen. Winning it, was simply something I still can’t really comprehend!
If there is anything else you’d like to add about your experience? I know it is hard for everyone to dedicate themselves to achieving a dream, but if you think there is a possibility to achieve yours, I think it showed me that going after your dream and doing it is something that is so rewarding. Typically, there is a way to ensure it happens, no matter how hard it may look at the start! I hope people consider what their dreams are and think about what it takes to make it happen. I am sure my dream was simpler than some others, but I wish others the best of luck if they go after something on their bucket list!
We are glad we got the opportunity to support Alex on this journey, if you would like to watch his journey the documentary is linked below…
9th July 2019
LLOYD BATTLES AGAINST THE ODDS TO CLAIM POLE AND PODIUM IN ZHEJIANG
A spirited performance from Daniel Lloyd during last weekend’s third TCR China meeting of the season rewarded the Dongfeng Honda Racing team driver with pole position and a double podium on the Zhejiang International circuit (July 5-7).
Regrettably, despite a battling drive from the Yorkshireman in the opening contest, a subsequent ride-height failure on the #77 Honda Civic Type R TCR machine saw him excluded from the race results.
Heading into double-header 80kg heavier than the previous round in Shanghai, 27-year-old Lloyd took the lead in free practice before claiming the top spot in qualifying. Out-performing many of the TCR Asia competitors also out on track.
A superb opening race from the ABRACS and Mend-A-Hose-backed racer saw him defend hard under relentless pressure from the far-lighter competition to take P2 at the flag. Unfortunately, a subsequent ride-height examination failure meant that Lloyd was denied his podium place.
Determined to remain championship contention, Lloyd showed true Yorkshire grit in race two. Struggling his way through the field to take P2 once again, he was duly rewarded with his 5th podium visit of the season, from six races.
“It was a tough weekend;” explained Lloyd. “We were carrying a lot of success ballast from Shanghai. Effectively we were 80kg heavier.
“We did a really good job in qualifying to claim the TCR China pole, and 2nd overall;” he added. “Running on new tyres we managed to get a fast lap out of the Honda, but it was really hard to with so much weight on-board. All three of us in the team struggled. I was happy with my own performance overall, but Zhejiang is a very hilly circuit, and the weight just killed our pace.
“Failing the ride-height inspection after race 1 was a real shame. We saw from the damper sensor during the race that it had dropped below the limit. The team checked everything beforehand though and there was plenty of clearance. Unfortunately, it just meant that we lost the points from that race.
“I’m still very much in the fight for the championship title, as is the team. We’re confident for the next round at Ningbo.”
Lloyd and the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team head to the Ningbo International Circuit next, on September 13/15 for the penultimate meeting of the 2019 season.
Full coverage from each of the Zhejiang races can be found on the TCR Asia facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TCRAsiaSeries/
For more information on the championship, please visit: http://www.tcrchina.com/