The UK’s largest children’s charity, IMG_0072Barnardos, nominated schoolboy Neo McCartney for a Pride of Britain Award because staff are so moved by the compassion he shows others and impressed by all he has achieved by the tender age of nine.  The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place and Neo’s father, Shaun McCartney commented “Although Neo wasn’t a finalist this year; it is an accomplishment in itself for Barnardo’s to believe he is worthy.”

Devika Chowdhury from Barnardo’s, said: “Neo is an inspirational young man who goes above and beyond to raise money for those who are less fortunate than himself.  We are very grateful for all the fundraising Neo does for Barnardo’s.”

The motocross racing champion, better known as Nitro Neo said “ My charity work started when I saw a news story about children who had to spend Christmas in hospital.  I thought they would be sad not having any presents to open on Christmas day because Santa delivered them to their homes, so I asked my dad if I could take some of my toys in to hospital for them to play with.”  Shaun added “I posted what Neo was doing on his social media and fans replied wanting to add to his donation, we made it easy for anybody to get involved by letting fans know if everybody donated a little, it would amount to a lot when Neo gathered all the gifts together; then off we went driving around gathering toys”.

The sporting celebrity has continued this charity work ever since and achieved his mission of spreading smiles on the faces of children using Barnardo’s and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital by delivering hundreds of gifts gathered through his ‘Nitro Neo Eggstravaganza’ and ‘Operation Christmas Smiles’ campaigns.  Neo spends time with the children and their families to distract them from their troubles when he delivers the gifts, Shaun told us “I think people appreciate his time more than the gifts, they talk about his racing, he takes the children to play areas and even takes his motocross bike with him so children can be photographed sat on it to show their visitors and talk about their experience.”

Neo used his high profile to promote the Ice Bucket Challenge in an attempt to increase donations to help the Motor Neurone Disease Association find a cure for his grandad who was suffering from MND at the time, but sadly passed away recently after an astonishing eight year battle with the disease.

Neo is in full time education and trains on and off the track several times a week for motocross races but has worked hard to achieve more by the age of nine than others manage in a lifetime.  Shaun told us “He has won international and regional motocross titles, advanced in swimming to become a Rookie Lifeguard, named Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy Student of the Year and will grade for his black belt next year, named as Derby’s Local Hero and received the Bobby Dorka Foundation Award”.

We asked Neo what drives him to work so hard and he told us “My grandad and dad teach me to always do the right thing so I help people fix their problems instead of struggle on their own, but I can only do the big missions with the help of my fans, I want to thank them for supporting me racing and helping me spread smiles for #NitroAid.”

We’re sure the people of Britain will be proud of this young boy when they hear of this news, the contribution he makes to society and proof people are capable of great things.

Keep up with Nitro Neo’s adventures and next mission to spread smiles by visiting his website www.nitroneo.co.uk and following Nitro Neo on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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Bounce Revolution Trampoline Park opened in Derby on 8 April 2016 with an addition not in the the owners’ original plans for Derby’s first trampoline park; a support program for eight-year-old motocross racing champion, Neo McCartney AKA Nitro Neo, who was crowned Derby’s Local Hero for using his high profile to help children’s charities.

Derby’s pocket rocket, Nitro Neo, started racing on a regional level when he was just six-Nitro Neo master kids jump Poster BRIGHTyears-old and by the age of seven he was not only competing against the best in the country in national championships, but also internationally! Neo joined a group of young racers who travelled to Europe last summer to represent Team GB at the International MX Master Kids where he beat 25 contenders from 14 countries in the final to become champion and score maximum points for Team GB.  You can watch the video of his epic adventure here.  He went on to finish fourth in his group in the British MX Cup and bagged Winter Champion to end the year on a high.  Neo is dedicated to improving his skills required for racing so the support offered by Bounce Revolution has literally got him jumping for joy as it complements the training program he’s developed for himself.

Neo’s latest partner, Bounce Revolution, adds to Derby’s diverse range of leisure facilities by offering an alternative way for all ages to stay healthy whilst having fun on 500 joined up trampolines, slam dunks, foam pits and air bags.  The trampoline park also boasts a cafe to ensure spectators are catered for; sumo-suit wrestling, wipeout rotating sweeper arms and Battle Beam all under one roof to make Bounce Revolution leaps and bounds ahead of conventional trampoline parks.

Watch this video of Neo checking out what Bounce Revolution has to offer.

Guv Beesla, Marketing Director for Bounce Revolution said:

We decided to sponsor somebody local, somebody who could be an ambassador for our brand and truly benefit from our facilities; it had to be Nitro Neo, have you seen what he can do on a motorbike?  When we learned how hard this schoolboy works and the commitments required to compete at his level we wanted to get involved and support his development.  Neo gives everything 100% and he’s achieved a lot for somebody so young, he is going for his black belt in karate later this year, he’s completed his swimming awards and he’s now a Rookie Lifeguard, and he’s a motocross champion; he matches our ambition to work hard to maintain high standards and be successful.

Mr Beesla added:
The lifetime pass we’ve given him grants free entry to complement his training program by helping improve his balance, coordination and stamina.  10 minutes on our trampolines is the equivalent of jogging at a steady pace for 33 minutes.  Visitors get all of these benefits whilst having the time of their lifes!  We wish Neo well and our staff have already told me they look forward to his weekly visits as he is such a happy and lively character.
Motocross is the hardest sport on earth, athletes are dressed head to toe in protective gear.  You get blurred vision landing jumps; you’re manoeuvring a motorbike on ever changing terrain as no two laps are the same, ruts get deeper and bumps get bigger.  There’s up to forty riders in a race going all over the place.  Heart rates are anaerobic plus and you’ll lose count of how many times a rider stands up and down on their motorbike each lap.  You have to be strong, stable, coordinated and efficient because there’s no let up, there’s no teammate to handover to, you’re on your own; accelerating, braking, the clutch, changing gears, shifting your body and timing.  There is no end to the season, no end to the training, and no end to the risk of injury, it’s endless.  That’s why many believe it’s the hardest sport on earth.

Neo’s father and manager said:

We’re really pleased to form this partnership with Bounce Revolution, the Directors are forward thinking like ourselves and the support they’ve offered will make a big contribution to Neo’s development, the trampoline park offers a balance of improving fitness whilst enjoying yourself big time.  There are so many attributes required to remain competitive in motocross, fitness is a big component so this sponsorship is very important to us.

Neo shows you can achieve anything if you are motivated enough, he knows where he wants to get to and he isn’t afraid of putting in the work necessary to achieve his goals.

We established the Nitro Neo race team to help turn his racing aspirations in to reality because there is no motorbike or racing experience within his family.  Neo gets inspiration from professionals we work with in the industry and support from sponsors who believe in our inspirational youngster, they’ve contributed to his success and we appreciate all they do for us.

You can find out more about Bounce Revolution on their website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page.  You can find out more about Nitro Neo on his website and support the young star by following him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, his blog and Twitter.

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We said this year’s Nitro Neo Easter Eggstravaganza would be bigger and better than last year, and thanks to Neo’s hard work and the support of his fans, sponsors, family and friends, he’s managed to raise and deliver a phenomenal amount of easter eggs to spread smiles to children facing a rough time this Easter.  Read on to see how many he gathered this year and what good use they went to.

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Nitro Neo with the huge donation made by customers at Kingsway Sainsbury’s, Derby.

Last year Neo collected an amazing 180 Easter eggs for Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, but this year he gathered a jaw dropping 742 eggs, more than quadrupling last year’s total!

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Neo kicked things off when he bought the first lot of eggs using his bonus from a recent race win.  Whilst buying them Neo and his team started chatting to Sainsbury’s staff about why it looked as if Neo was buying his own eggs for Easter.   Mark Buckley the Store Manager thought what Neo was doing was fantastic once he heard his story so he kindly offered to support his campaign to spread smiles at Easter. We were surprised when Mr Buckley gave Neo £200 on behalf of Sainsbury’s so he could buy Easter goodies from Kingsway Sainsbury’s in Derby, and we were close to bursting when Mr Buckley suggested running a Nitro Neo Eggstravaganza weekend so customers could get involved.  Get involved they did!  The people of Derbyshire didn’t disappoint, they gave generously and donated an amazing 404 easter eggs. Read about it in the Derby Telegraph!

 

On top of this, we have to thank the following for making it possible to put smiles on 742 young people’s faces this Easter and remind them somebody is thinking of them: Neo’s sponsors Judd Racing and Muc-Off, fellow race friends Finlay and Scott Boxall donated on behalf of 3 Peak Developments, Rowditch Bargain Booze, Keith and Alfie Pearce, Leigh Derbyshire, Reece Wheater, Heanor Tesco, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and Family.

Once all of the donations were gathered Neo set off at break-neck speed to deliver them before having to get himself to Preston to race round two of the Route 77 Energy British MX Cup over the Easter weekend.  Neo delivered 204 Easter Eggs to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, making sure each department received enough for every patient.  Neo started his delivery in out-patients where 150 were delivered for the expected number of patients attending the following week, Neo handed them out to all children who were there on the day.  A further 34 went to the wards and 20 for surgical and dental patients. 46 eggs are going to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
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Neo gave a Milky Bar egg to Emma Wilson’s son who was in A&E at the time, Emma said:
How lovely of you to be giving out easter eggs. It really touched me that young people can be so kind. So thank you for making me smile and doing such a lovely thing for others x.
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Neo delivering smiles around Derbyshire Children’s Hospital

As Neo set his target so high we knew there would be too many for Derbyshire Children’s Hospital alone so he delivered 492 smiles in the form of chocolate eggs to Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity.  Some went to local Barnardo’s charity shops and raised £248, whilst others went directly to children and were delivered personally. Neo also raised a further £125 cash for the charity.

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Neo loading up 492 chocolate eggs and soft toys to spread smiles to Barnardo’s services across Derbyshire

 

Nitro Neo said: “It’s really nice of everyone to help me spread so many smiles this Easter. It made the children at hospital and Barnardo’s really happy when I took the Easter eggs in.  I can’t believe there were so many, we had eggs all over the place and we had to make a few trips to get them to where they needed to be.  Thank you everyone for your help, you’re all awesome and made loads of kids happy.”

 

 

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Part of Neo’s delivery to Barnardo’s

 The people of Derbyshire weren’t the only ones impressed with Neo’s efforts, as not long after revealing the rising total to the Derby Telegraph we received a call from the BBC One Show asking for Neo to appear in their live Easter special show.  Neo was invited to ride his motocross bike on to the show to meet Patrick Kielty and Felicity Kendal CBE before racing against Patrick and Nicolas Hamilton using radio controlled cars, how very cool. Neo was also to be interviewed about his Eggstravaganza and motocross, bringing the sport into the headlines for all the right reasons. Neo was gutted he couldn’t make it because the show was being aired live from London and he and his bikes had to be 236 miles away to compete in round two of the British MX Cup, but The One Show assured us they will keep in touch with the little fundraising superstar!
Finally – thank you once again to each and every Nitro Neo fan – you’re the ones that make all this possible, and all of us at Nitro HQ are extremely grateful for your support.
 

So you’re lucky enough to have some new graphics for your bike and want to get them on ASAP to reflect your style. DON’T go rushing in to sticking them straight on your bike without first reading my fitting and care guide, otherwise you’ll end up getting frustrated whilst putting them on and disappointed when they don’t look as cool as you hoped on your bike. If you rush there’s also the risk they won’t last as long as you’d like them to. We’ve consulted graphics producers, spray paint and sign writing professionals to bring you this definitive guide to fitting your graphics.

 

Neo’s sponsor sent him the 2015 Nitro Neo edition Judd Racing Stealth graphics for Christmas so follow his steps to get your bike looking as sweet as his:

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1. For the best result, fit your new graphics to new plastics. Well prepared used plastics will work well too if you’re not shelling out for new ones.  Each bike is different, Neo chose to apply his graphics kit with the plastics still on his bike as it provided a stable work surface.  We’ve looked at other bikes and they required some plastic panels to be removed to enable you to apply the decal around bends in the panel.

2. If you bought new plastics skip to step 3, if not, clean and dry your bike using the only products she deserves, Muc-Off. Don’t spray silicone, WD40 or anything else on the plastics afterwards.

3. Get together – your graphics kit, acetone (from Boots chemist or similar) three soft clean cotton rags or lint free cloths, a bowl of water and a hairdryer, perhaps best to plan this when your girlfriend is out if she’s precious of her expensive grooming apparatus 🙂

4. Prepare one plastic panel at a time. Dab some acetone on one of your clean cloths and give the plastic a good rub, on the front face and around the edges. The acetone will evaporate real fast, or use the hairdryer on a warm setting to speed it up, Neo did, he always does what’s best.

 

IMG_10855. Wet your second cloth in the bowl of water and wring it out really well before wiping over the plastic you have just cleaned with acetone, this makes sure there is no trace of solvent left on it; dry panel with a quick waft of the hairdryer.

6. Leave the backing on the decal whilst you first line it up on the plastic panel, check it’s a good fit and decide which edge of the decal you are going to apply first before smoothing the rest down. Some decals may need a trim at this stage if you’re fitting to odd shaped plastic panels. If a trim is needed use the sharpest scissors or Stanley knife you have so they don’t snag on the decal when trimming; blunt scissors can leave a jagged edge or not cut straight and smoothly.

You’re ready for step 7 once you are happy the decal fits perfectly over the plastic and around any cut outs like bolt holes or vents.

 

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Warm decal for for shaping

 

7. It isn’t absolutely necessary to heat the decal before you apply it but it does help make it more flexible to apply around awkward shaped plastics, so again, warm the decal if desired, don’t heat it!

 

8. Peel the backing away from the decal along the edge you decided to apply first (see photos below), fold back the backing paper but don’t remove it all in one go. Apply the edge you are starting with and using the third dry clean cloth in one hand, smooth down the decal, working the cloth back and forth in straight lines. This gives a smooth application and prevents your fingers from sticking to the laminated plastic surface of the decal. If you just stick the decal straight on to the plastic panel you will trap air bubbles and the graphics will look rubbish and won’t last as long as they could have if applied correctly. Slowly work the cloth back and forth with one hand, applying the decal to the plastic as you go, and slowly peel the back off the decal with the other hand until you have worked your way along the decal and it is applied to the plastic panel.

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Waft warm air to help glue go off

 

 

9. Waft the hairdryer over the decal you have just applied, on a medium heat to help the glue go off, whilst gently smoothing over it with the third clean cloth used during the application. Pay particular attention to going around the edges of the decal with the cloth to ensure they are properly stuck down.

 

10. Repeat this process to apply each decal to each plastic panel before standing back and admiring your handy work. Swit swoo, looking good!  If you need any more help or tips, get in touch.

Babe Behind the Blog x

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#NitroChristmas video preview of
Neo McCartney officially launching Christmas

Team Nitro had to move fast once they were informed Neo had been chosen as intu Derby shopping centre’s local hero for all of the work he does to help people.  You can read my blog about it here.

The team called upon the services of HTB Productions to eternalise Nitro Neo’s big day in glorious HD video.  Here’s what Harvey had to say from HTB Productions:

htbpI wasn’t sure what to expect when meeting Neo and the team, however it was a pleasant surprise. Nitro Neo is not your average seven year old, it seems as though he was born for motocross fame. He has been one of the most entertaining and easy going people I have done a shoot with, he doesn’t freeze or shake when a camera is pointing in his face. As a matter of fact he does the opposite, Neo takes it all in his stride. Dancing and waving to make the video as fun and amusing as possible! Definitely the coolest seven year old out there. I look forward to working with him and the team in the future.

Here is the #NitroChristmas preview that landed in the office today, we can’t wait to see the final video.

Nitro Neo brings moto action to home town

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It is with great excitement that we can announce Nitro Neo has been asked to play a major part in turning on both Derby City Centre and intu Derby shopping mall Christmas lights.  The news just broke on ITV News:

intu Derby informed Team Nitro that they are so impressed with Neo’s selfless acts for his community at such a young age, he has been crowned their “Local hHero” and he’s invited to the shopping mall on Saturday 15th November to be the main attraction at their biggest event of the year, the Christmas light switch on, entertainment details here.  They are also rewarding Neo’s acts of kindness with a VIP shopping experience worth £1000! WOW!  We have to admit nobody deserves it more, Neo is a hard working and very thoughtful boy.  Here is the video of us breaking the news to Neo:

The Christmas fun also announced by Derby Telegraph doesn’t end there.  Nitro Neo is in demand this year, following the light switch on at intu, Neo will be whisked away by the main man himself – SANTA – to start the city centre Christmas parade.  Derby LIVE have asked Neo to bring a flavour of something new to the city centre Christmas light switch on, and Neo won’t disappoint. He is going to lead a Christmas parade through the city centre, on his motocross bike of course, in front of thousands of revellers who come to enjoy the festive entertainment being put on by intu Derby and Derby LIVE throughout the day; all this at the tender age of 7!

 

Neo would love to see you all there!

Auto 07.09.14 218Neo’s VIP day will begin around 10am thanks to intu, and after he has been made to feel as special as the people he gives his time to, you can join him for the big countdown to the light switch on at 4pm on Level 2 near the food hall. After these celebrations Neo and Santa will be whisked away by security to Sitwell Street where Neo will lead the parade on his motocross bike, through the city’s pedestrian zone and up to the Cathedral on Iron Gate; taking motocross to the people!

 

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Once the parade is complete Neo will join Capital FM presenters Dino and Pete on stage at The Market Place where he will have a chat before standing side by side with Santa and other performers to switch on Derby City’s
Christmas lights at 6pm, in-front of over 6000 Christmas shoppers expected at the festive event – what a night!

We’re so proud of you Neo, well done!

For more information on intu Christmas light switch on, please visit their website. More information on Derby LIVE’s Christmas parade and light switch on is available here.

Approximate timing:

1030am Nitro Neo commences VIP day at intu.

3:30pm Nitro Neo on standby for light switch on at intu.  Stage entertainment begins at The Market Place.

4pm Nitro Neo welcomed on stage to turn on intu shopping centre lights.

4:30pm Nitro Neo leads Derby LIVE Christmas parade from Babington Lane, through pedestrian zone; St. Peters Street, Corn Market, to the Cathedral on Iron Gate.  Passing Derby LIVE Capital FM stage in the Market Place around 5pm.

5:45pm Nitro Neo on standby to go on stage at the Market Place.

5:55pm Nitro Neo welcomed on stage by hosts Dino and Pete from Capital FM.

6pm City centre lights are turned on.  BOOM!!!!!!!

Watch here exactly what Neo spent his reward money on……selfless once again, treating his whole family to a well deserved holiday.

The ITV story following the big day gives a great insight into how much the crowd enjoyed the event:

HTB Productions also followed Neo for the day so you can see how exciting it was for everybody involved:

News brought to you by Babe Behind the Blog, signing off until next time.

Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK 2014

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The scene was set, the big day finally came after months of organising, on Saturday 13 September 2014 200 motocross racers aged 6-15 arrived at Kings Lynn to battle it out and see who was the fastest in the land.  Those 200 kids would race a qualifier that split them in to 9 groups; 45 races were planned over 2 days, and that’s why it was dubbed ‘Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK’!  It was the first event of its kind, born from the lack of races dedicated to smaller bikes, it was to show the world what UK 50cc, 65cc and 85cc racers are really made of.  Hardcore Racing did an exceptional job hosting one of the largest youth motocross racing events of 2014, and Team Nitro there with rider Nitro Neo.  You can read our blog building up to the event here and watch the video below or click here.

 

Neo had the privilege of gaining entry to race in a group of 50 six to nine year olds in the Auto 50cc group.  A friend of the team said “If I could build my own track I’d build it like East Trax”…. so all of Team Nitro were pretty excited to get going.
Nitro Neo headed to East Trax for a practice day a little earlier in the week, the rest of the team followed a couple of days later in order to support him through the weekend.  It was a three hour + drive to the venue from Team Nitro HQ, with a lot of the entrants travelling similar distances, it shows what an important event this was in the motocross calendar, and just how dedicated everybody was to come and try this new race.

 

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East Trax not only has a wicked MX track, but organisers also shipped in a bouncy castle, bungee run, local food delivery services and ice creams to keep people chilled on what turned out to be a very hot weekend.  The kids soon used their imagination to turn the on site radio control car track in to their very own meeting venue and BMX track, so the kids were all kept well entertained catching up with existing racing buddies and making new friends from across the UK.  Team Nitro were astonished at just how many people came to speak to us because they recognised Nitro Neo and follow him on social media sites like Facebook, that really made our weekend, so a big “hi” once again to you all, please catch up with us at future events.

 

East Trax was prime for high octane racing, with it’s 2 mile long recently resurfaced track presenting some fast straights and a great variety of jumps which meant serious entertainment for the crowds coming to watch.  Lots of sponsors supported the event to ensure all kids received great prizes for their efforts, from trophies to hole shot awards, from helmets to professional coaching; these included Hardcore RacingJudd RacingDanger UK,  Thurrock Car and Van RentalsAction Film WerxTrain 2 GainBolddog Extreme SportsRedline Motorcycles,  Gear4 KTMPriden Engineering LtdPro-GreenDestination MXLinge Training AcademyOffroad Motorsport UKCarl Nunn MX TrainingSMRacing.

Fans of the sport who couldn’t make it also had a rare opportunity to watch the racing live via Live Stream thanks to Jason Kirby of Action Film Werx, check it out as next years GT Cup will also be streamed live for racing fans who aren’t able to make it to the tracks.  Also look out for Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK on Motors TV around 28 September, we’ll keep you posted on the specifics of that.

Qualifying
Day one of racing began at 7am with friendly event organisers pumping instructions out of the tannoy system.  Neo fuelled up with a healthy breakfast to keep him going and got his kit on ready for qualifying; base layer, knee and elbow guards, kidney belt, Nitro Neo design race jersey courtesy of sponsor D.J Text & Graphics, race pants, gloves, neck brace, MX boots, helmet and body armour courtesy of sponsor Chest Protector UK.  This was the riders first taste of the track after it had been watered and graded ready for the gate to drop.  The autos were out first followed by 65cc, 85cc small wheel and finally 85cc big wheel bikes.  This was stage one and decided whether riders would qualify for the premiere A group, or group B or C.
Qualifying was a great run, Neo battled hard against 50 other riders and made his team proud when officials handed over the A group marker, meaning he’d face off against the fastest boys in the UK in five more races.
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An off in race one cost Neo valuable points, there was confusion as to who was allowed trackside for pick ups meaning nobody was around to help get Neo’s bike started again.  His grit and determination showed through and Neo fought hard to battle through the pack and increase his points.  As each race passed, the crowds got louder and louder cheering on their favourite rider, it was a very exciting time, one of those that can make your spine tingle.
Race two proved to be a good start; you can see Neo in his black Rockstar helmet in the distance around second place in the photo below.  The number board went up and the racers turned their attention to the gate in front of them, brapapapapapapapapap, and when the gate dropped, what an awesome roar brrrrrraaaaaap, all the racers came flying out of the gate.  This was the best race of the weekend for Neo, he was on fire!  He worked the track like he had been practicing there for years, flowing like a river around the twists and turns of the track.  Neo lapped many riders and battled with older boys managing to take some of those in their last year riding autos.
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Race four was another good race, with Neo putting his skills into practice.  He stayed on his bike and really twisted that throttle.   When Neo came off the track he told us he was dedicating that race to his grandad who couldn’t make it to watch him due to illness – he was very proud of his efforts, he knew he’d raced well and tried his best.
Race five: The final race of the weekend saw a good start and Neo stayed high up the pack for the majority of the race, taking a bad line in lap 3 cost him several places and a lot of points as racers chasing him saw an opportunity to sneak on by.  A few riders crashed making it difficult to pass and maintain speed with the yellow flags being out, which proved difficult for Neo to make up the places he was battling for.

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Team Nitro give a huge pat on the back to one of Neo’s best racing friends, a kid who worked really hard to win the auto class; Kyle Ingram rode extremely well and nobody deserved to stand on that number one podium spot more, well done dude.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brad Boughen for organising the event and every last person who helped make it such a memorable experience; running under the rules and regulations of Offroad Motorsport UK ensured the two days ran seamlessly.
 
Babe Behind the Blog Interview with Nitro Neo

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What was the best thing about MX Master Kids UK?

“The people, people I’ve never met before wishing me well, everybody was so friendly”.

What was the track like to race on?

“It’s a really good track, I like all of the jumps and catching up with the people that run it, I can’t practice here much because I live so far away so it was good to see Tom, Andy and Dave.  They look after East Trax really well”.

Will you return next year?

Yeah!  There is so much to do between races.  I loved riding around the BMX track we made, the camp fire at night, going on the playstation with my friends.  It’s been a sick weekend, the racings been really fast, I actually can’t wait to come back to Master Kids UK, I’ve met loads of people.

Photos from Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK

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The Men Behind The Hardcore Masters Kids UK 2014, Roland Shaw And Brad Boughen, explain how the event came about.
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 Nitro Neo goes head to head with top boys and girls from across the country

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On Friday 15th August 2014 Team Nitro loaded the mobile HQ and set sail on a 130 mile journey to transport their rider, Nitro Neo, to the prestigious Offroad Motorsport UK Michelin Finals taking place over the following two days.  It was to be the first national event Neo had raced and here’s a run down of how he made it to the finals if you want to catch up.  Neo was equipped with his ‘i’-gadgets for the three hour journey ahead, chilling time is majorly important for him as I told you in my last blog.
On arrival at Wild Tracks, Newmarket Suffolk the team were greeted by friendly staff they met on a previous visit (shout out to Liam and Ben) and Neo soon spotted other friends he’s made during his first year racing motocross.  It was a very impressive sight, there were 259 riders listed across 8 groups, from 50cc bikes right up to premier MX1 450cc, there were 39 riders aged 6-9 listed in Neo’s 50cc auto group.
Preparation
After finding the perfect spot near friends in the paddock, the team parked the mobile Nitro Neo HQ and Neo got busy unloading his BMX and mini BMX to set off for the BMX track with friends.  His mechanic unloaded his motocross bike, grabbed Neo’s Airoh helmet and took them for scrutineering by officials to ensure they met the required standards to race.  Neo returned when he got hungry, just as boys do, for a healthy dinner of tuna pasta bake with plenty of fresh water to remain hydrated then he was put on charge for an early start the next day.
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Started an hour later than usual so the team were up at 8am instead of the usual 7am which was very nice!  The team was well rested and excited about the full day of racing ahead, there were three races on Saturday and two races on the Sunday with points scored in each race dependant on your finishing position, then added together to give an overall result.
The auto group was first out for practice so they got the first taste of the track before the bigger bikes drove deep ruts through the sand.  Each group had three practice laps to familiarise themselves with the track layout, although riders usually walk the track the night before to check conditions and see which lines (route) will be best, but once you’re on your bike things can change, practice laps always help.
Once practice was over the autos were back to the start gate for 12 minutes of full on hardcore racing, Neo was accompanied by his manager/father to ensure he had adequate track side support.
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Race 1
An official raises a flag to inform riders they are under starters orders and the 15 second board goes up to notify them the gate will drop in approximately 15 seconds.  The board then turns to five seconds at which point the riders focus on the gate that could drop at any point, and when it does, bbrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaap, the air fills with the humming sound of two stroke KTM motocross bikes and the race is on!  Wild Tracks MX is a 1.55km long sand track with loads of jumps, twists and turns for the racers to manoeuvre around, as well as each other.
Neo was out of the gate like a rocket but soon lost momentum on the start straight, he was twisting full throttle but not going full speed, a problem that occurred again in race two before being diagnosed as the clutch slipping.
Neo is always in the front half of the pack to hit the first corner after the start straight, but he was at the back in the first two races through no fault of his own, anybody who races will know these things happen, it goes with the territory.  Neo never quits and he dug deep to work his way up the pack, overtaking other racers anywhere he could, taking others too scared to hit big jumps hard, or overtaking on corners where others took a slower line.  Any pro who rode like that at the age of 6 would be proud of themselves.
Race 2
Neo had the same problem on the start straight as in race 1, he was on the throttle but his bike wasn’t going full speed. When the race finished we diagnosed the10604499_10202656916688615_6924644402040666625_o clutch had gone so the mechanic had to fix this ASAP.  The old clutch was taken out and once it was stripped down we could see the clutch plates had been worked hard by Neo, they were shot!  A brand new clutch was fitted and new clutch plates and springs ordered to get the old clutch up and running again.  This didn’t stop Neo, once he was up to speed he kept on it, well done little dude.
Race 3
It was a hot day so despite the track starting out wet it was now very dusty.  Neo’s start improved thanks to his new clutch, he was back in the top half of the pack but all of the racers disappeared in to a whirling cloud of dust as they turned the first corner, all spectators, fans and track side family support were on tender hooks waiting for their rider to appear on the next section of the track. Neo looked more confident since his throttle response was back, he charged forward taking the competition one by one until his bike wouldn’t give any more, so he fought to hold his place.
Team Nitro were praying for Neo to finish the race as they spotted smoke bellowing out of the overflow pipes on his bike, symbolising further problems the mechanic would have to overcome.  Fortunately the bike didn’t die and the worst that came of it was a slightly slower time instead of a Did Not Finish (DNF).
Day 2 – Began with showers which isn’t too bad for racers as it wet the track and made it more tacky compared to yesterday’s dust, however visibility was reduced as racers returning from practice with clumps of sand splattered all over them and their goggles.  The rain wasn’t so great for spectators though!  The day got better as every hour past and so did the racing.  Races 4 and 5 saw hustle and bustle as racers headed out knowing it was their last chances to get much needed points to get their best position at the end of the competition.  Elbows were jostling, revs were high and jumps were big as the racers became more and more confident after each and every lap.
The new bike for Neo meant he shaved up to 18 seconds off the previous days lap times.  They say it’s a poor workman who blames his tools, but Neo didn’t complain once, he knew his team did their very best for him and he knew once he was on that track it was all down to him to do the very best he could.
Presentations
At the end of race five the chequered flag marked the end of the competition and time for riders and teams to reflect on the past two days.  The list of chores stacked up in the teams minds as Neo pushed his bike off the track, everything had to be loaded in to the mobile HQ ready to race another day.  Neo saw to cleaning his bike and the rest of the team packed away a seemingly endless chain of equipment.
The team then headed to the presentation area where Neo sat patiently as officials read out the results in reverse order, name after name was read out and the respective racer went to meet the Offroad Motorsport UK Chairman for their award.
Team Nitro were over the moon that Nitro Neo had even made it as far as the finals in his first year racing but Neo looked a little worried he wasn’t going to receive recognition for his efforts over the past two days, and believe me, he tried his best and worked very hard.  Then it came over the tannoy system, in 20th place Neo McCartney, at which point his ears pricked up and a smile beamed across that young boys face.  He’d done it, he made it to the finals and received the trophy he had worked so hard for; it made all of the endless hours in the garage maintaining his bike, the sacrifices he makes, the heartache, sweat and tears to keep him rolling over the past several months all worth while.
Overall: 20th
Best Lap Times 
Race 1 – 2min 29secs
Race 2 – 2min 35secs
Race 3 – 2min 35secs
Race 4 – 2min 17secs
Race 5 – 2min 20secs
The full list of riders and their positions can be found here.
Nitro Neo gets his first chance to race at national level, aged just 6

It’s always busy in the world of motocross, and this summer has been no different in the run up to the Offroad Motorsport UK Michelin Finals.  Nitro Neo has been training even harder since qualifying for this prestigious race, here we explain how he got his chance and share some action shots of all the fun on the way.

In May 2014 Nitro Neo, age 6, ranked 3rd in his Club Championships which meant he qualified for the semi-finals, this was his chance to earn a highly desired place in the Offroad Motorsport UK Michelin Finals; a chance to race against the top 6-9 year old boys and girls from across the UK on 50cc race spec motocross bikes, but did he make it?

Motocross clubs operating under Offroad Motorsport UK (ORMS UK) put forward their 6 top riders from the Club Championships to compete in the semi-finals on 8 June 2014.  As Neo ranked 3rd in his Club Championships this secured him a place in the semis.  Two semi-finals were held, one in the north and one in the south of the country and the top 16 riders from each of these events qualified for a coveted place in the finals.  Neo accumulated enough points at the semi-finals to qualify for the ORMS UK Finals sponsored by Michelin.

As you can imagine, Neo’s team were ecstatic with his achievement. Manager Shaun McCartney said:

It is well deserved, Neo works so hard and despite being up against older children in his group who have several years more experience than him, he gives each race his best shot. It’s safe to say he’s the fastest of the six year olds on the line up!  We set realistic objectives for Neo and support him every step of the way so when his determination to get to the finals paid off we were so happy for him, it’s going to be an amazing experience for every racer that makes it.

The semi-finals in June seem like a distant memory now, but it’s safe to say that preparation to get there started a long time ago.  Neo eats a healthy balanced diet any top athlete would approve of and he trains four times a week to make sure he is in tip top shape for competitive racing; martial arts, swimming, sparring and motocross training each week help Neo on his quest to be his best.

 

 

That’s quite a packed schedule for a 6 year old, so it’s also important he gets chance to chill out and relax.  To unwind he likes to play outdoors with friends, have a blast on the PS4 (MXGP of course) and when he has a few hours spare there are always movies to kick back with, Lego Movie, Rio 2 and Moto: The Movie series being just a few favourites.  He also loves eating out with family and having a full body massage when he can, don’t we all?  Oh yes, and of course there is school and homework to keep on top of inbetween all of this!

 

A Last Chance Qualifier held on 29 June saw 7 last minute entries join the other 32 top riders, making a line up of 39 heading to the Finals at Wild Tracks in Newmarket, Suffolk for two days of racing on 16-17 August 2014.

Making it to the semis and the finals is a massive achievement so well done to everyone who made it.

Finally, a big thank you to Neo’s mechanic. Without him, the finals, all races and practice wouldn’t be possible. There have been a number of bike issues to overcome in the run up to this big race… so a big Nitro thank you for getting him up and running and ready to race once again.

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Congratulations to Nitro Neo, who yesterday took an impressive…drum roll please……hospital record breaking… 180 easter eggs in to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital (oh, and four packets of mini eggs 🙂 )
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I’m sure you all saw the Facebook and twitter posts on his Easter eggstravaganza, where he aimed to collect as many eggs as possible so he could donate them to children spending Easter in hospital. He told his team he wanted to make the poorly children happy again after his Operation Christmas Smiles, and chocolate always makes him happy, so he figured the eggs would make the kids in hospital happy too.
Nitro Neo with Aleena Naylor at the radio station

Nitro Neo with Aleena Naylor at the radio station

Well, Derby folk soon caught wind of what we was up to, and on the Friday before his delivery Aleena Naylor from BBC Radio Derby invited him in for a live
interview to chat about the egg collection and his motocross racing. He did really well, I think Aleena was pleasantly surprised at what a good interview he gave, they do after all say not to work with children or animals in media! You can listen to the interview here and I’m pleased to say that afterwards the egg total increased by over 40, also with some help from his fans and friends track-side.
So, around comes Monday 21 April, eggstravaganza day.  I get up bright an early to help out and get those eggs delivered to the hospital.  It took forever to fill the car with Easter eggs and it was quite the balancing act (seriously, 180 eggs in a car was a challenge!) and Neo’s team made sure to get his motocross bike loaded up too incase any children felt well enough to sit on it for a photo.
When we arrived the Play Team were waiting for us outside with a big trolley to push all the eggs inside. They took Neo straight up to the children’s wards where he spent the morning giving out chocolate eggs to the patients and talking about his racing with their families and staff. Lots of parents were impressed and it definitely put smiles on faces of children who are having a bit of a rough time.

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Neo managed to personally hand out about 50 eggs, and sign some autographs too. He asked if the rest could be given to outpatients so children coming in for appointments would also get an Easter egg from him. What a good egg hey?!
Neo also raised £40 to donate and the staff will use it towards some entertainment for the children staying in hospital. He was even given an additional £13 from nice parents on the ward who were inspired by his efforts, so a big thank you to those people! Neo will be popping back later this week to hand over a cheque for £53.

All in all it was a great morning and Neo was super excited and pleased to be able to give something to the hospital again.

Thank you to everyone who helped him gather so many eggs, he can’t do it without you and you have helped contribute to a great cause. Nitro Neo sends special thanks to family and friends who contributed, Jenna at Moto45, Kingsway Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s Local in Mickleover, Mind Your Weight, Neo’s school friends, ASDA Long Eaton, JJBBA students, and CJMX racers.

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I popped along on Sunday to watch the final race of CJMX’s Winter Championships to check out how Neo and the other racers got on, and I can’t say I was disappointed!  The final race of the Winter Championships is also the first race of the Club Championships, so there was a lot on the line for these guys as the points would count for both series.

It’s normally an early start for race meetings, but with the sun out on Sunday and the track looking in great condition ready for a good day of racing it doesn’t put you off.  First things first – Nitro got his new kit on which has been pimped with his race number 1 in hot pink and neon yellow leopard print – gotta love a bit of leopard print, and hey, he wears it well 🙂 Looking around the rest of the racers it seemed quite a few have been treated to new kits for the new season – looking good guys!

Next thing is the announcement of scrutineering – now I don’t know if you’ve been along to a race before, but the tannoy systems are RUBBISH, so it’s a bit of guess work on the order of the day and when to take the bikes for scrutineering. So 9am comes around, and off pops the team manager and Nitro Neo to have the bike and helmet checked over. Everything has to be in tip top shape or there’s no racing, but a lot of love and attention goes into that 2014 KTM 50SX – so it’s always gonna pass.

Nitro Neo lines up for practice laps

In the autos the ages range from about 6 (like Nitro) up to 8 year olds. For some, it’s their first year racing (like Nitro), and others have been in this class for a while. The older ones are quick, no doubt about it, but it gives the other racers someone to chase, and try and beat so it makes it interesting.

First out for practice laps were the adults, then youths then autos. Nitro Neo gave it a good go, taking it steady to learn the track and make sure he knew where the best lines were to keep his speed up for the real race ahead.  Neo would have three 20 min races over the course of the day. The first race started with picking a good gate to start off from and getting into a good frame of mind, before starting up the bike and filling the air with that great sound – braaaaaaapapapappapappap!

GATE DROP TIME! Engines are revving and all the kids are fighting for the hole shot – Neo makes it to third position. Round a sweeping left bend they all head, tussling between them for a better position before heading up hill and towards a few jumps. Everything was going so well, until Nitro is side swiped and knocked off by another rider! Quick to pick himself up, the next setback was his bike not restarting – imagine the frustration in the middle of a race. Eventually he got going again, but it was going to take hard work to regain his place at the top.

Pushing on through the set back, Neo went full throttle and managed to work his way up two places – despite the fall and mechanical issues, there were two races left, and that’s what he had to focus on.

In the time leading up to the second race his bike got a good once over so it was ready to race once again. This is the time to unwind, refuel and chat to friends – it was nice to see that some Facebook followers came over to say hi, and two fans also came to watch him race.

Race number two: Neo know’s what he’s got to do to regain his place…. Preparation is key, so he spent some time smoothing out and treading down his line out of the gate to make sure his bike wouldn’t hit any ruts that could slow him down as he tore off the line. Neo exploded out of the gate, doing well to stay on his bike! There was a crash on the first corner, luckily the kid was ok!
By this race the track had big holes and deep ruts from the bigger bikes so the autos had to hold on tight as their small bikes bounced around taking the force from the bumps – at one point, what should have been a good stretch to lick some speed they were bouncing all over, I’m surprised at how well they all did to stay on their bikes! Luckily, Neo had found his rhythm and as he gained confidence with the track and started to push himself and his bike harder – right up to 8th position.

In the break Nitro gave a big shout out to a friend he’s made in the Clubman class; Ricky ‘Bobble’ Mitchell, who has a KTM 125 SX (ps Ricky, I hear you did well and got a good score, well done!)

Race number three: Unfortunately, during another race there were two bad accidents in the 85cc small wheel class, so the final race was delayed. Two kids were stretchered off by the paramedics – I hope they’re being fixed up and get well soon, it looked pretty painful and it’s not nice to see!  While everyone waited for the track to be cleared, Neo did some pre-race exercises before getting on his bike so when the gate dropped he was more than ready. He came storming out of the gates when the time came and was FLYING!

This race was super exciting, easily the best of the day. Honestly, I think other people had seen how well Neo had bounced back from the first race, and saw how he was creeping up on some of the more experienced riders and they didn’t see it coming – it’s safe to say there were some parent-kid talks in-between racing (nobody wants to be beaten by the seasons newcomer!).

However, the luck wasn’t in for the other riders as whenever Neo had someone in his sights he chased them down and took their position, finally making his way to fourth position. Neo was battling to keep fourth position with Jacob Moore, a older more experienced rider. Neo took Jacob for one lap, then Jacob would come back for the next….. at the end…… it was…….. Jacob’s. It was so close right to the end, with only seconds in it.

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Race results:
Given Neo’s amazing performance as newcomer, the points from Sunday’s race secured him a podium finish of third place in the Winter Championships.

I caught up with the race scorers at the end who confirmed Neo came ‘unofficially’ 6th in the first race of the season (will check back when the points are up and officially confirm), so not a bad start and the only way is up for this kid!  Overall everyone raced well that day, it was great to watch the autos especially as they are all so young, but love the sport so much already – they all try so hard and all want to win.

It’s great to see such a good start to the season for Nitro Neo, who pulled in the last three races of 2013 as a test to see if he wanted a race license and to start properly in 2014. Those races saw him in the bottom three, which isn’t surprising with such little race experience, but to compare to what I saw on Sunday was an amazing turnaround…. WOW. Out of nowhere, Neo is jostling in the top five and from what I saw, the only way is up.

It just goes to show, that winners never quit, and quitters never win – Nitro Neo chooses to win. Well done dude, all your hard work certainly paid off and I can’t wait for the next race – I hope I’m kept on the edge of my seat again!

Also see:

Moto Magazine Race Report (Neo’s in the auto section towards the end)

more photos on Instagram and Facebook

Neo’s website nitroneo.co.uk

Nitros and Nitrettes, drum roll please.

Nitro Neo himself has picked a lucky winner of the Chad Reed 1:6 scale MX bike, yeah boy!

Take a look:

Well done to everyone that took part, don’t be sad if you didn’t win – a signed Nitro Neo pic is on its way to you!

As for the winner, send us a pic when you get the bike, we’d love to pop it on the blog 🙂

Finally, a massive thanks to http://www.dirtbikexpress.co.uk for supplying us with a prize – we couldn’t have done it without your support, it was great to have you on board – here’s some shameless promo for them: get over to their website and take a look at their MX gear, it’s mint, and I’m sure there’s still a sale on 🙂

Laters, love the babe behind the blog x

Wow – we’ve finally made it completely online. The support for Nitro Neo has been unreal through Facebook and Twitter and it’s amazing that so many people want to check out what he is up to, support him in his races and generally have a bit of banter – it’s all good fun.

So now we have grown and the website, gallery, videos and blog are all up and running, and lordy lord it has taken some work but that’s what TMI are here for (you can have an introduction to them later).

What I really want to say is welcome and a MASSIVE THANKS for joining Nitro Neo on the next step of his journey.

Keep up the support, there are great things to come, but he can’t do it without his following. He might only be young, but he likes to make people happy (and show off a little ha ha).

Cheers guys,

The Babe Behind The Blog x

2015 Eggstravaganza set to be bigger and better – helping more children

Yes folks, here is your opportunity to spread smiles this Easter.  Nitro Neo will be doing what is now becoming his annual Easter egg drive for children in unfortunate circumstances.

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This Easter Nitro Neo will not only be supporting the work of Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, but also Barnardo’s the leading national children’s charity by delivering chocolate eggs to spread more smiles, to more children, in more places.

Nitro is appealing to his friends, family and fans to donate as many chocolate eggs as possible to share equally between the two charities to put a smile on as many children’s faces as possible this easter time. In addition, he’s set up a JustGiving page to raise money with the proceeds going directly to Barnardo’s.
 
In years gone by, with the help of each and every one of you, Neo has managed to give 250 toys to the children’s hospital, followed by 180 easter eggs as well as raising much needed awareness of MND with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  He can’t do it without you, so here’s how you can get involved in something amazing.

 

Get in touch through the following channels and let us know if you can donate – we’re happy to collect eggs if you can’t get them to us:

Tel:  07527 494879
Comment on the blog
Donate via JustGiving
 
FullSizeRender[2]Neo kick started his appeal by using the prize money he won taking the hole shot in his last race to buy some chocolate eggs.  
Neo has received a donation from his sponsors Judd Racing and Muc-Off.  Sainsbury’s supermarkets across Derby have also offered Neo a chocolate egg trolley dash worth over £100 – so he’s off to a good start.
Neo’s next step is appealing to local media organisations asking for their support to raise awareness and help with his fund and egg raising efforts – so here’s hoping they show support for this great cause.
 
The easter eggs and donations will be handed over as close to Easter Sunday as possible – so we need your chocolate eggs by Thursday 2nd April so you can help make a child smile this Easter, imagine if each of Neo’s fans gave even one egg each, it all adds up! In true Nitro Neo style he will take his motocross bike when visiting the children, he’ll spend time with them and let them have a sit on his bike if they are feeling well enough – he will sort the whole package for a day of smiles 😀
 
Finally – thank you once again to each and every Nitro Neo fan – you’re the ones that make all this possible, and all of us at Nitro HQ are extremely grateful for your support.
 
If MX bike tuning is on the agenda this year – you’re going to want to read this…

Auto-Tek – Chances are you’ve heard of them on the MX circuit or have used them yourself – but one thing is certain – if you’re considering tuning your kids bike you’ll want to get in touch with them.

I was lucky enough to grab some time with Pete, the brains behind Auto-Tek, to talk about his job, why his method of tuning is the best in the business and where it all began.

Pete is based in Doncaster, just down the road from FatCat Moto Parc and he’s got a great workshop to meet the needs of his business. When I visited he had both of Nitro Neo’s bikes in his workshop, three other autos, an 85 and a 125. Pete had just finished a tuning project ready for the owner to collect later that evening, freeing up valuable space to work on his next bike.

I can’t help but feel a bit out of my depth as Pete guides me around his workshop showing me all of the different parts he has hand-made, the tools he uses and talking about projects he has worked on, but one thing is clear – this man knows his stuff, and is one of the most passionate people I’ve met. When it comes to tuning motocross bikes, there is nothing he hasn’t tested, nothing he doesn’t know, nothing he hasn’t thought about.  Pete’s spent a long time developing his products to the stage they’re at now. I was surprised to learn Auto-Tek also offer the full range of MX services, not just tuning.

From humble beginnings, to race tuned machines   

Pete tells me: “I always wanted to be a motor mechanic, I think it’s because my family was in the car trade when I was a teenager. I’d always been into bikes, but my trade began with cars and I’ve been building engines for thirty years. I’ve built engines for rally cars, banger racing cars and bikes.”

So, with a background in building car engines, where did Auto-Tek come from and how did Pete start working on bikes?

Pete: “I used to ride a motocross bike for fun, but I didn’t compete. I have two children and when my eldest, Lauren Collingwood, started in the auto class I made some friends and contacts when taking her to races. One person I met – who was a tuner – had cylinder kits from Italy which he would bring over and sell as a bolt-on upgrade. He was based in the south of England so any parts he shipped stayed in the south, with very little being distributed in the midlands and the north so we had a chat and spoke about franchising his business.

“I spent a day with him, fitting some kits and came away with 10 cylinder kits to sell myself. Off I went back to Doncaster, and that’s where Auto-Tek began, as a franchise selling pre-tuned parts. One thing led to another and I decided to do some testing and develop my own specification and tuning to upgrade motocross bikes and I ended up specialising in youth bikes.”

But that’s not the extent of Pete’s skills at Auto-Tek. He is able to set suspension, rebuild engines, build wheels and build bespoke bikes from the ground up. Pete tells me: “It’s got to the point where most of the local bike shops will send wheels to me to repair, respoke or build – it’s actually more cost effective for them to outsource the work to me, plus I’m good at building them so it’s a win win situation. I’ve done this for so long; I’ve built parts for Harley Davidson’s and I also took part in the British Biker Build Off around five years ago!”

A wheel built by Pete
“When my son was racing in the autos I designed him a 50cc Cobra. It took me six months from start to finish and I did the whole thing, from hand made aluminium carriers to modifying the exhaust and carb. There wasn’t a part of that bike I didn’t upgrade and it was amazing. It featured in TMX before I sold it on.”

Let’s get down to business

It’s clear a lot of experience has been built up over the years but I could see specialist tools and equipment had also been built up over the years such as porting tools and a large press for pushing bearings and crank shafts – most importantly, I’d say, is the industrial heater he has in there to keep him going in the winter months! No one wants cold hands when putting bolts back onto a bike, hey!

BBTB: How can people get their bike tuned by you?

Pete: First of all, get in touch because tuning is not something to be afraid of, it improves efficiency and gets the most out of your bike.  Generally, I’d rather have the full bike delivered if possible. I also get quite a few brand new bikes delivered straight to me for tuning, the owner then picks it up from me instead of the dealer all tuned and ready to go.

Alternatively, I’m happy for engines to be couriered to me, and I’ll return them when complete as long as the owner is confident in putting the engine back in the bike. I’m always at the end of the phone for anyone needing help though.

BBTB: How long have you been working on your current configuration for the KTM 50SX?

Pete: A very long time, but I have made significant developments to the kit and stator tuning over the last six months. This has allowed me to get it to where it is now, test it and make sure it’s reliable.

BBTB: What are the benefits to having a bike tuned by Auto-Tek?

Pete: Without a doubt, more speed, more power, more torque; the ride-ability of the bike will also be improved.

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BBTB: We all know MX bike engines are worked extremely hard, and can be prone to problems. Do you think your tuning is as reliable as a standard engine?

Pete: Yes my tuning has been developed, tested and proven reliable. It has to be as my reputation is based on my work.  You just have to be strict with your maintenance routine.  Keep on top of piston changes – they must be a regular part of maintenance – I would recommend doing a piston change every 8 hours or less due to the high revs.

Saying that, piston changes are an absolute must on any race bike. Maintenance is key. If done regularly and properly your bike will stay tip top.

BBTB: Do you test an engine’s performance before and after tuning to measure improvements?

Pete: I’ve spent so much time developing the tuning kit, and testing it that I have been able to standardise the process to make sure I get consistent improvements from every tune; I now know each bike will get the same additional power after every tune.

A great deal of thought and science has gone into each rebuild, and to save the complicated part of explaining the ins and outs, I know exactly what needs to be done to get a bike to optimal performance and each and every one is improved.

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BBTB: Do you offer advice on maintenance?

Pete: I’m always at the end of a phone if anybody needs me.  It’s not a case of sending in your bike or engine, I do the work, and never hearing from me again. I want people to get the most from their tuned engine, and that means I make myself available and I am willing to give advice, help and support if my customers need it.

BBTB: We can verify that – Team Nitro have called Pete up a fair few times for advice, and true to his word he has been there and helped us out!

Sponsorship and successes

BBTB: First, thank you for supporting our team rider Nitro Neo through the 2015 race season. For those who don’t know, Auto-Tek has tuned Team Nitro’s practice and race bikes ahead of Neo competing in the GT National Cup, Lucas Oil Auto GP, MX Master Kids (International and UK series) and Club Championships this year.

Pete: It’s a pleasure. Nitro Neo is one of a very limited number of racers receiving full sponsorship support from me this year. I get lots of requests for sponsorship, but I  can only invest my time and resources in to a few riders who show true potential and from what I’ve seen Neo has just that, he’s going from strength to strength. I wish him all the best for a successful future on his Auto-Tek tuned bikes.

BBTB: How many riders will receive full sponsorship for 2015?

Pete: Nitro Neo and two other racers.

BBTB: Do you offer reduced packages to customers?

Pete: Not routinely. Whilst I’d love to be able to offer everyone something like that, I have a business to run. I will always try to look after people, keeping my prices competitive and reduce costs all round where I can. I genuinely appreciate the support I receive from my customers but as a tuning business I have to spend many hours and a lot of money to get the bikes to where they need to be, so I have to be selective with any sponsorship.  From time to time I will run promotional offers.

BBTB: That’s enough money talk, tell me about the riders who’ve been successful racing on bikes that you have tuned.

Pete: One of the most recent racers was Ollie Colder. He won the GT cup last year. Also, Lewis Hall who was the 2013 Team Green Kawasaki race winner in the British Youth Nationals. My daughter, Lauren Collingwood, has won more nationals than anyone I can mention and each win has been on a bike I’ve tuned.
I usually get a minimum of one national win a year.

BBTB: Well, I can’t argue with that, you’ve certainly had a lot of success and high profile race wins!

BBTB: Finally, can you describe the best part of your job? You’re very lucky to do something you love, but what keeps you going and makes it worthwhile?

Pete: Having two children that race motocross (Kian, 12, and Lauren, 18) – I basically do all of this for them! I love that they are so passionate about the sport, I also love tuning bikes as a job but it’s an added bonus knowing that they enjoy it too.

Everything I do is for my kids. Not many tuners can say that, and none will have kids that race like mine and that are national champions and have the passion for motocross just like I do.

How you can talk tuning with Auto-Tek

If tuning was on your agenda, I’m sure you’ll now be interested in talking with Auto-Tek to see what can be done for your bike.  I hope we’ve given you an insight into Auto-Tek and the science of tuning.  Pete also provides the full range of services you need from routine maintenance and engine rebuilds, to refreshes and engine tuning.

You’ll find Auto Tek on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/autotek.tunning or give Pete a call to chat things through on 07903 980369. Be sure to mention you heard about him from Nitro Neo.

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And here is the 250cc race from round 8 in Atlanta.

Bright and early I’m bringing you last night’s race from Atlanta. I’ve not watched this myself yet, but I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a good one! ENJOY!

And the 250 class from round 6 in San Diego!

Here’s last night’s 450 race from San Diego. Sorry it’s a little late, I hope you enjoy!

Here is the supercross behind the scenes documentary we’ve all come to love since season one kicked off last year, yep, Behind the Dream.  I’m about to sit down and check our episode two, let me know what you think after the show?