One of the UK’s largest privately owned independent motor groups, JCT600, has been unveiled as the official car supplier of the Tour de Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire-based car company will supply every official vehicle for the cycle race including providing Volkswagens, Audis and Maseratis.
JCT600 was originally founded in 1946 from a single garage and now has 19 franchises operating from 50 dealerships across the North, with an annual turnover in excess of £1bn.
John Tordoff, Chief Executive of JCT600, said: “We have a huge amount of Yorkshire pride and that’s why we wanted to be directly involved with the delivery of this massive new international race. Our cars will be seen on TV around the world, which is great for us, and ultimately we wanted to play our part in making this massive new event for Yorkshire a success.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “JCT600 and its cars will become synonymous with this major new international race and we are delighted yet another proud, leading Yorkshire company is wanting to help make it a huge success.”
The Tour de Yorkshire will take place on May 1-3. Stage 1 on Friday May 1 starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough. Stage 2 on Saturday May 2 starts in Selby and finishes in York, with a women’s race also taking place the same day. Stage 3 on Sunday May 3 starts in Wakefield and finishes in Leeds.
It is a 2.1 European Tour class race being delivered by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire with the backing of British Cycling.
Major world-famous teams including Team Sky and Team Giant Alpecin have already been confirmed as racing.
For more information on the race and spectator guides see www.letouryorkshire.com
Pic: JCT600 cars in action during the Tour de France 2014 in the publicity caravan, promoting Yorkshire to the world.