NGK customers enjoy Derby day

NGK customers have enjoyed a right royal day out at the World’s greatest horse racing meeting, the Investec Epsom Derby.

The group enjoyed hospitality in a private box in the prestigious Queen’s Stand opposite the finish line from where they witnessed 16-1 outsider Masar win the blue riband flat race.

Stewart Neill, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s Area Manager for Ireland, said: “I am delighted that this trip to the Derby for four of NGK’s Northern Ireland customers and their wives has been an enjoyable and fantastic experience that will remain in everyone’s memory for a very long time. It was definitely a different weekend for sure.”

Enjoying the Derby atmosphere (from left to right): Colin and Michelle Adams, of Colin Adams Motor Parts in Newtownards, Bernadette and Charlie Mullin, of C E Motor Factors in Limavady, Stewart Neill, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Area Manager – Ireland with wife Gillian, David and Kathleen Davidson, of Woodstock Motor Parts Belfast, and David and Gillian Preece, of Motoglass Belfast

Colin Adams, of Colin Adams Motor Parts in Newtownards, who thanked NGK on behalf of the Northern Ireland customers, added: “What a marvelous trip to the Derby NGK arranged. Hotel, travel arrangements, hospitality and a fun filled day with everyone looking smart for the occasion. A big thank you to Stewart and his NGK colleagues for a never to be forgotten weekend. As normal with NGK it was 5-star from start to finish.”

The Derby is recognised as the world’ premier flat race with Sir Lester Piggott being the most successful jockey, winning nine times over the one mile, four furlongs and six yards Surrey course.

Legend has it that the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury spun a coin as to whether the race
should be called the Derby Stakes or the Bunbury Stakes. The result is now history. But Sir Charles did retrieve some satisfaction from the fact that his horse Diomed, the 6-4 favourite, won the
first running of the race over a mile on Thursday, May 4, 1780.