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Introducing….. Charmagne Alderson!

Charmagne Alderson

 

As our successful team at AIB continues to grow, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Charmagne Alderson. Charmagne joins our administration team working with Administration Manager, Megan Greer. 

 

The position became available when our brilliant Ben Simpson, who previously filled the role, has joined our sales team working directly with sales manager, Kirby.  Ben spent six months working in our customer service and administration department, learning the insurance ropes before making it impossible for us not to promote him into our sales team. 

 

22 year old Charmange was born in Guildford before growing up in Waterlooville, attending Crookhorn College. She honed her customer service skills within the hospitality industry and joins us from  Premier Inn, where she was a duty manager.  

 

FAST FACTS: 

Charmagne often gets told she looks like the older sister, Susan Pevensie in the 2005 blockbuster, The Chronicles of Narnia. it’s great to have her fantastical skills on our side! Charmagne has a rescue dog called Jenny, lives with her boyfriend Tyler and has a whopping ten siblings (some of whom are half / step brothers and sisters). Her large family means she is personable, communicative and she now is part of another great, extended family at AIB.

 

Charmagne’s father had the honour of paving Cheryl Cole’s driveway! Parking is now ‘ALOUD’ Ms Cole!’

 

 

CHARMAGNE SAYS:

“I have been warmly welcomed into the team here at AIB. I am enjoying the role immensely and feel lucky to work with such a talented group of people. The job is interesting, exciting and it’s been a great experience working with Megan so far – I look forward to a positive future within this excellent company.”

 

WE SAY:

Megan Greer says: “It’s safe to say, Charmagne has hit the ground running. Her excellent attitude to customer service and the complex skillset she brings from the hospitality industry is evident in her approach. She has already been of great assistance to me in the day to day running of AIB and I am so pleased to have her on my team.”

 

Watch the New Lotus Emira in Action!

Lotus has released a new film of the Lotus Emira in action, showing the eagerly anticipated V6 First Edition being put through its paces by Gavan Kershaw on the iconic Hethel test track.

Gavan, Director, Attributes & Product Integrity, Lotus Cars, leads the dynamic development of every Lotus and is part of the highly experienced team which engineers in the thrill of driving.

Amid some sideways action, he explains the Emira’s outstanding performance on both the track and the road, adding: “With the 3.5-litre V6 configuration and the supercharger, you start an acceleration from as low as 1,500rpm and the car just pulls and pulls and pulls, getting stronger and stronger as the revs increase. This is what a real sports car feels like.”

Gavan also expands on the car’s intuitive driving performance, plus the four different driving modes – Tour, for maximum stability and control; Sport, for increased body slip and throttle response; Race, with even greater motorsport-derived dynamics and a revised instrument cluster; and Fully Off, where the stability control is completely disengaged.

He concludes: “The whole package is tuned to give you maximum reward and confidence. It’s ‘For The Drivers’.

Thanks to our good friends at The Lotus Forums for providing the article. To read more about Lotus including the restructure of Lotus UK and more information on the Elise, Exige and Evora please visit them at https://www.thelotusforums.com/

The Car of the Day is the Luxury Ford Zephyr Zodiac 1962!

 

The Ford Zephyr is an executive car that was manufactured by Ford of Britain. The Zephyr and its luxury variants, the Ford Zodiac and Ford Executive, were the largest passenger cars in the British Ford range from 1950 to 1972.

 

The Zephyr Zodiac or Zodiac Mark I was an upmarket version of the Zephyr launched at the London Motor Show in autumn 1953. It had two-tone paintwork, leather trim, a heater, windscreen washers, whitewall tyres, and spotlights. The engine had a higher compression ratio increasing the maximum power to 71 bhp.

 

 

In 1956, the Consul, Zephyr, and Zodiac were all restyled. The six-cylinder cars’ engines were enlarged to 2,553 cc with power output correspondingly raised to 86 bhp. The wheelbase was increased by 3 inches to 107 inches and the width increased to 69 inches. Top speed increased to 88 mph and the fuel consumption was also improved at 28 mpg‑imp.

 

 

Mr P has snapped some fantastic photographs of his 1962 Ford Zephyr Zodiac, the height of luxury. Mr P has insured his pride and joy through ourselves here at AIB with a bespoke classic car policy. The policy includes optional extras such as UK and EU breakdown cover, Motor Legal Expenses Cover up to £100,000, Courtesy Vehicles for the duration of repairs and Agreed Value.

 

 

If you have Ford Zephyr or another classic car would like covered under a specialist classic car policy, call our friendly motor team on 02380 268351 for a bespoke quotation.

The Car of The Day is…. The legendary Skyline R32 GT-R!

The only Japanese supercar of its generation. One of the best cars Jeremy Clarkson says he ever drove.

 

 

The Skyline R32 GT-R (Grand Tourismo Racer) — nicknamed “Godzilla” for effortlessly crushing all competitors in Group A Series racing — winning 29 consecutive races in the Japanese Touring Car Championship and three consecutive championships in the Australian Touring Car Championship after being reintroduced by Nissan in 1989.

 

 

This remarkable track record is part of the reason the Skyline R32 GT-R has such a strong following among serious car enthusiasts around the world. Other reasons include impressive appearances in games and popular street racing movies like The Fast and Furious series, a reputation for having launched the JDM car scene, a leading role in serious street and drag racing, the exclusivity wrought by a 25-year import restriction in the United States — which finally ended in 2014 — and performance that is nothing short of incredible. If you want maximum bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat a well-tuned Skyline R32 GT-R imported directly from Japan.

 

 

Mr D has shared some pictures of his fantastic Skyline R32 GT-R! Mr D has insured his pristine example through ourselves with all of the amazing benefits we can offer.

 

 

Here at AIB Insurance we offer specialist classic car polices which can also include optional extras such as UK and EU breakdown cover, Motor Legal Expenses Cover up to £100,000, Courtesy Vehicles for the duration of repairs and Agreed Value.

 

 

If you have a Skyline GTR R32 or another classic car would like covered under a specialist classic car policy, call our friendly motor team on 02380 268351.

 

Exam Success for Jordan!

Congratulations are in order at AIB as December spells personal achievement for our dedicated team member, Jordan Thomas.

 

 

Jordan passed his IF1 – Insurance, Legal and Regulatory exam meaning he’s now one step closer towards achieving a professional qualification.

 

These achievements not only celebrate personal growth, but also endorse AIB’s commitment to continuing professional development. AIB remain committed to encouraging all staff to progress with examinations to enable us to offer the highest level of customer service to our clients and insurer partners alike.

 

More details of the Insurance professional qualification and can be found here: https://www.cii.co.uk/learning/qualifications/

 

Car of the day… Mantula Coupe!

The Mantula Coupe was launched at the Motor Show in 1984 beginning a long relationship between Marcos and the Rover V8 engine.

 

 

The Mantula Coupe evolved from the 3 Litre form with the addition of a front-end spoiler,- giving the car a lower approach angle, extended wheel arches, a wider back end, and a bonded windscreen. The interior was also altered with the addition of a gearlever console, incorporating storage trays. The suspension was unaltered from the 3 Litre.

 

 

In July 1985 Marcos ventured for the second time into a soft top car with the Mantula Spyder. The original car was fitted with a detachable T-top which was dropped on subsequent production models due to being too expensive to produce and not entirely practical.

 

 

In 1986 with Ford live axles becoming difficult to source, the fully independent rear suspension was introduced. Utilizing differential and hubs from the Ford Sierra range and wishbones, uprights and A-frame developed by Marcos, transforming the ride quality of the range, the live axle was phased out on factory-built cars at this stage.

 

 

Mr O has a lovely 1992 Marcos Mantula currently insured with us under a bespoke classic car policy. The policy has many benefits including agreed value, choice of repairer, salvage retention and 30 days fully comprehensive EU cover! Thank you, Mr O allowing us to share your pristine example.

 

 

Here at AIB Insurance we offer specialist classic car polices which can also include optional extras such as UK and EU breakdown cover, Motor Legal Expenses Cover up to £100,000, Courtesy Vehicles for the duration of repairs.

If you have a Marcos Mantula or another classic car would like covered under a specialist classic car policy call our friendly team on 02380 268351.

Car of the Day…Renault 16 TL 1977

With a maximum top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h), a curb weight of 2227 lbs (1010 kgs), the 16 TL has a naturally-aspirated Inline 4 cylinder engine, Petrol motor.

 

 

This engine produces a maximum power of 66 PS (65 bhp – 49 kW) at 5000 rpm and a maximum torque of 111.0 Nm (81 lb.ft) at 3000 rpm. The power is transmitted to the road by the front wheel drive (FWD) with a 4 speed Manual gearbox.

 

 

 

On the topic of chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behavior and ride comfort, the 16 has Torsion bar. Anti-roll bar. front suspension and Trailing arm. Torsion bar. Anti-roll bar. rear suspension. For stopping power, the 16 TL braking system includes Discs at the front and Drums at the rear.

The 16 model is a Hatchback car manufactured by Renault, sold new from year 1977.

 

 

 

Mr G’s Renault 16 TL 1977 has been insured with us here at AIB Insurance on a classic car policy meaning that his car is taken care of always. Agreed value is one of the many benefits that comes with a classic car policy as well as salvage retention.

 

 

 

Mr G has also received a discount on this policy because of the length of ownership on this vehicle. If you also have a classic car that you have recently bought or have owned for a long period of time and would like to get a quotation, call our specialist classic car quotation team on 02380 268351.

Car of the Day…JBA Falcon

JBA has been building classically modelled cars since 1982. The original company, JBA Engineering, was named after the first letter of the surnames of the three partners that founded the company, Ken Jones, John Barlow and Dave Ashley. John Barlow later left the company and JBA Engineering continued producing kit car packages until 2004, when the company was sold. Since the sale no kit or factory-built cars have been made, and in 2007 JBA Engineering was dissolved by Companies House.

 

 

 

In 2008, JBA Motors set in motion plans to re-engineer and resurrect the JBA Falcon, and 2011 was relaunched at The National Kit Car Motor Show – Stoneleigh.

 

JBA Motors currently manufacture the BMW based JBA Falcon as both a kit package and as a fully factory finished car.

 

 

The JBA Falcon is a permanent fixture in the traditional roadster sector of the kit car market. It was one of the first Cortina-based kits appearing in 1982.

 

 

Here is a perfect example sent in by Mr K. The classic policy we offer cover agreed value, choice of repair and salvage retention. Mr K can sleep well at night knowing we have his lovely asset fully covered for any eventuality.

 

 

 

If you have a JBA Falcon that you need insured call our classic car/kit car team on 02380 268351 for a bespoke quotation offering all the optional extras with legal expenses cover, breakdown cover, excess protection, agreed value, choice of repairer, salvage retention and many more!

Car of the day… Austin Mini GT!

Today’s car of the day is Mr A’s classic Austin Mini GT.

 

 

Mr A’s Austin Mini GT has been insured with us here at AIB Insurance on a classic car policy meaning that his car is taken care of always. Agreed value is one of the many benefits that comes with a classic car policy as well as salvage retention.

 

 

Mr A also received a discount on this policy because of the length of ownership on this vehicle. If you also have a classic car that you have recently bought or have owned for a long period of time and would like to get a quotation call our specialist quotation team on 02380 268351.

 

 

If you also have photos of your classic car and would like to share them, email them to info@aib.co.uk. Thank you Mr A for sharing your photos!

Car of the day…Jaguar E-type 1972!

Today’s car of the day is Mr J’s Jaguar E-type 1972.

 

 

The Jaguar E-type is widely regarded as one of the most important and pretty sports cars of all time. At its launch at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961, the E-type not only stole the show but every headline!

 

 

Yet it’s hard to fathom the effect this British machine had on the world in 1961, when 70mph was rapid for the average family runabout, never mind the claimed 150mph the E-type could reach. Mr J has insured his very own Jaguar E-type here with us at AIB Insurance which means he has been offered the best policy to ensure his car is well looked after.

 

 

Mr J’s E-type is insured on a classic car policy which comes with lots of benefits! This includes agreed value, salvage retention, choice of repairer and legal expenses cover. Choice of repairer means that Mr J can relax knowing that his car will always been in the capable hands of a repairer he trusts.

 

 

If you too have a classic car and are looking for insurance you can count on, call our specialist teams today on 02380 268 351. If you also have a classic car and would like to share your photos, email them to info@aib.co.uk.