Gliding across the River Arun in an amphibious car on a warm and sunny day is one of the pleasures Tim Dutton gets to enjoy as part of his job. The businessman, who makes amphibious cars for a living at Arun Shipyard in Littlehampton, has reflected on his success as his business Dutton Cars Ltd celebrates 50 years this year. The 69-year-old, who lives in Park Crescent, Worthing, said: “It has been great fun. I have been very lucky to do something that I love.”In 1969, Tim started manufacturing cars after completing a five-year indentured toolmaking apprenticeship with Pressed Steel Ltd in Swindon.At that time they were making body shells for the Mk X Jaguar and BMC 1100. As soon as the training was over he built his first kit car and named it Dutton.“My mother used to run the Ham pub in East Worthing – I built my first car on the forecourt of the pub,” said Tim. “Someone saw it and asked if I could build one the same for them, so I did, and it … [Read more...] about Meet Worthing’s Tim Dutton who makes amphibious cars for a living in Littlehampton
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It’s the biggest horse racing event in the world, with an estimated global audience of more than 600 million people, and it's held right here in Liverpool. For three days of the year, all eyes are on Aintree Racecourse for the most exciting event in the calendar as the Grand National Festival takes over. Putting on an event as big as the national is no easy feat and preparations begin a full year in advance. But what actually happens behind the scenes and who puts on the Grand National? The ECHO has spoke to some of the key people behind the event to see how it’s all put together. Carly Sage – Equestrian Centre Manager and Owners and Trainers Liaison With more than 10 years of experience at Aintree, Carly Sage is the perfect woman to look after the horse owners and trainers. Being a horse racer herself, Carly’s passion for the sport has always helped with her job. On a day to day basis, Carly will manage the Equestrian Centre within the racecourse. But in … [Read more...] about Meet the people who make the Grand National at Aintree happen
Perpetoo, the first car-sharing service from Romania, will be available from May 2019 in Bucharest and in other 3 large cities in the country: Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara. Designed as a service for active users wishing to drive a car when they want to go on holiday, when traveling for work in another location or when their car is under repair, Perpetoo will have advantages competitive competitions compared to traditional rent-a-car companies due to lower rental prices, flexibility in making reservations and ease of use. In terms of “sharing economy” the service is closer to the concept than Uber or Taxify, although it is still a rental, albeit cheaper than the classic services. In the first stage, immediately after the launch, car owners who want to list their car on the platform will be able to make it on www.perpetoo.com, and then the service will become available for those who want to rent cars. The service will be available first in … [Read more...] about Perpetoo, the car-sharing service, will be available starting May in Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara
Insurers detected 449,000 confirmed or suspected dishonest insurance applications last year - and most were by drivers who either lied or withheld information in an attempt to get cheaper cover. But being economical with the truth can have severe consequences for drivers who are caught, and their insurer may cancel the policy, refuse to pay a claim or prosecute them for fraud. A list of the five fibs which could land drivers in hot water has been compiled by GoCompare Car Insurance, which is warning motorists not to try and cut the cost of cover by lying about their driving and has highlighted five of the most common ‘white lies’ used. Of the mistruths found, the most common included the nature of the applicant's occupation, their driving record and previous claims and motoring convictions that were not disclosed, reports Birmingham Mail. When applying for or renewing car insurance, drivers are under duty to disclose information and truthfully answer … [Read more...] about Five common ‘white lies’ that will make your car insurance invalid
The police operation which brought down a notorious Liverpool crime family has been made the subject of a television documentary. Jason and Ian Fitzgibbon were both jailed in 2013 after it emerged they were plotting to flood the UK with Turkish heroin. When Turkish police smashed an Istanbul based drug gang, the trail began to lead back to South Liverpool. The Serious Organised Crime Agency(SOCA), then mounted a sophisticated surveillance operation to take down the Fitzgibbons. A bug (covert listening device) was planted in their mum's south Liverpool home, which recorded the brothers talking about crime and drugs. Jason, 40, and Ian, 39, were jailed for a total of more than 30 years . Mum Christine, who admitted laundering £180,000 drug cash found hidden beneath floorboards in her Mossley Hill home, was jailed for two years. Ian also admitted an £800k plot to flood Merseyside with 168,000 ecstasy tablets. Daniel Smith, an associate of the Fitzgibbons, was also jailed … [Read more...] about Who were the fearsome Fitzgibbons and why would someone put a bug their house?