Roger Dyson aims high by going low at Goodwood

Roger Dyson returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (1-3 July) with three exciting new products aimed squarely at the classic and performance car market.

All are designed to appeal to those needing to transport valuable motor cars – especially ground-hugging sports models – safely and securely.

Through the application of innovative design and manufacturing processes Roger Dyson has achieved the all-important shallow approach angles which minimise the risk of damage to cherished cars during loading and unloading, as well as low body weights which translate into high payload capacities.

Based in Droitwich, Worcestershire, Roger Dyson made its name as a leading manufacturer of specialist equipment for the vehicle recovery sector, and will also be exhibiting later this summer at Truckfest Scotland (6-7 August) and at the Tow Show in Telford (30 September-1 October).

However, the company’s portfolio also includes several products which are ideally suited to the transportation of valuable cars.

The three vehicles earmarked for the Roger Dyson stand (no 354) at Goodwood are:

• The very first fixed covered Hydraloader 5000 SLa (Super Low approach) slidebed, which has been built for automotive body repairer Medcalf & Co (Coachbuilders), of Chertsey, Surrey. Mounted on a 12-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego chassis, it combines Dyson’s market-leading 4.9-degree approach angle with a rigid box cover which remains fixed to the truck while the lightweight aluminium platform – which has a 5,000kg capacity – extends out and down from the rear for easy, unrestricted loading and unloading.

• Based on a 7.5-tonne DAF chassis and wearing the livery of the Jardine Motor Group’s McLaren London franchise, another covered Hydraloader SLa but in this case a 3000 SLa model with 3,000kg capacity platform, sliding curtains on both sides and a roller shutter door at the rear.

• A covered transporter with a fixed platform based on a 7.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego chassis and built for EA Downs & Sons, of Shrewsbury, a firm that regularly undertakes movements of vintage cars. The aluminium deck offers a weight saving of around 600kg compared to the steel equivalent, which means two cars can be carried without exceeding the overall gross vehicle weight limit.

Roger Dyson declared: “We made our first appearance at Goodwood last year and it proved an outstanding success – our products created a great deal of interest and we came away with some very strong inquiries, several of which led to orders.

“So we’re very much looking forward to returning for this year’s Festival of Speed, not least because we’re taking some exciting new products and have the enthusiastic support of McLaren London and Medcalf & Co, both of which have promised to lend us some very special cars for our display stand.”

Roger Dyson is renowned for its build quality and the excellence of its after sales service. Roger added: “These products are taking our business in a new direction – potential new customers include dealers and owners of exclusive, high-performance, classic and racing cars, and the specialist repairers who work on them.

“Low loading angles minimise the risk of damage to the vehicle being loaded, while using a covered transporter increases both security and protection for the vehicle being carried, as well as providing a large ‘blank canvas’ for those who favour an eye-catching livery.”

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