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20/January/2014 – Thule helps Great British Skiers by sponsoring two great athletes this winter

January 20th, 2014

We’ve got a great story to start off the year at Carracks, Thule are proud to sponsor a a pair of fantastic athletes to achieve their goal this Winter. Thule are all about enabling more active lives for as many people as possible, so helping Jade and Caroline on their journey to the top was a given. 22-year-old Jade Etherington, a hopeful for the Paralympics GB Sochi 2014 team, rapidly lost her eyesight 5 years ago due to a genetic condition called Axenfield’s syndrome, leaving her with less than 5% vision in each eye. Despite what most might think, this didn’t stop Jade from skiing.

 

”I use my skiing as a distraction from losing my eyesight. I see it as something positive that has come from something negative.”

 

Soon after her sight loss, Jade decided to take part in the British Disabled Ski Team’s squad trials and was offered a place. Since then, Jade and her guide Caroline Powell have been competing in highly ranked global races all over the world and have achieved many podium positions.

Jade and Caroline’s mission is to get selected to compete for Great Britain at the Paralympic Winter Games in alpine ski racing and win a medal. They will find out in January if they have made the team.

Thule has sponsored them with a range of top-quality products, including the WingBar Edge roof rack, the Xtender 739 ski carrier, Easy-fit Snow Chains, Crossover Carry-On suitcases, Gauntlet 13″ MacBook Pro Attachés.

 

“This gear empowers us to be more independent athletes, as we’re not reliant on others for transport”

Thule are proud to sponsor Jade & Caroline and Carracks wishes them all the best in getting to the top!

22/December/2013 – Thule Go Epic Winner Announced – Click to see the video..

December 22nd, 2013

A Fantastic video to win the Thule Go Epic competition and a well deserved winner. Have a look at the video below to find out exactly what is expected of the winner this year, inspirational and makes us want to grab our boards and get out on the waves using our Thule roof bar system and the Thule 833 Rack.

Kite surfer, Matthew Elsasser, from the United States, has been named the winner of Thule’s video competition “Go Epic with Thule”. The competition was designed to allow all active people, who participate in a number of action sports, to easily compete against each other by sharing their videos of their own sports adventure. As the winner of the competition, Matthew Elsasser, will have the joy and honour to be the next sidekick to Thule Crew member and professional kite surfer Niccolo Porcella in his next video.

On September 30, 2013 Thule, together with Epic TV, one of the world’s largest on-line extreme sports channels, launched the competition for lovers of kite surfing, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, biking and adventure racing, “Go Epic with Thule”.

“After ten weeks of competition we’ve received more than 200 amateur and semi-professional videos from 28 countries capturing the participants adventure racing, biking, kite surfing, skiing, snowboarding and surfing. We feel this was tremendous success,” says Tina Liselius, Event and Sponsorship Manager. “Matthew Elsasser was elected as the overall and final winner by our jury and I am sure he will have a fantastic experience together with Niccolo by being his sidekick,” ends Tina.

Matthew is a passionate kite surfer from the USA competing on the KSP tour. Always on the move kiting, surfing, biking and trying to do anything and everything outside. The 20 years old is originally from Oregon and is, now studying in California. Watch his winning video on www.epicthule.com.

Throughout the competition, the Thule Crew – the Thule team of adventurers and ambassadors – have been looking for action sports talents who love tough challenges and great adventures to co-star in their next video. “Go Epic with Thule” became the chance for any action sport lover to become that sidekick they have always dreamt of. The Thule Crew members have actively been participating in the competition; as part of the jury as well as sharing their own material.

Biking was the most popular category with 61 participating videos. Skiing second and the other four (kite surfing, snowboarding, surfing and adventure racing) were all close in ranking.
Most competitors came from the US (70) followed by Sweden (36) and the UK (19).

The majority of the Carracks products manufactured by Thule are readily available all year round, snow chains and Thule Ski and Snow board Racks are available for that Winter trip away. A Maypole Caravan Cover might also be a really useful product to invest in this year, with the amount of rain we have had in the UK recently.

Friday 13th of December is not unlucky for the Thule Motion 800 Roofbox, it and the Thule Excellence is the 2013 ADAC test winner..

December 13th, 2013

The German motor organization ADAC and the automotive magazine auto motor und sport conducts tests on roof boxes in time for the winter season. Two Thule models were highest ranked in both tests. ADAC nominated the Thule Motion 800 as best box and auto motor und sport chose the Thule Excellence XT as the best product.

Thule Motion Roof Box is ADAC test winner

For four decades, Thule has been a pioneer in designing roof boxes, focusing on the most important characteristics in the segments: quality, safety and design. This is, once again, reinforced when Thule products are at the top of tests year after year.

ADAC, one of the most important test organizations in Germany, announced ‘Thule Motion 800’ as their test winner. The Thule Motion 800 impressed the jury with its good handling and safety. The jury also highlighted the special mounting system “PowerClick” that indicates the optimal amount of torque to secure the spacious box.

Thule Excellence Roofbox

Thule Excellence XT is the overall winner - The best product around in 2013

Auto motor und sport announces the premium and sporty ‘Thule Excellence XT’ as their test winner. Innovative details like an integrated loading net, non-slip base mat and the crash nose lead the way to the first place in the test.

The reports can be found in the current issue of auto motor und sport, issue 25, 2013 and the test from ADAC on the Thule Motion 800 Roofbox

14/September/2013 – Mont Blanc bring out a new range of roofbar fit kits to fit your vehicle..

September 14th, 2013
Mont Blanc new roofbar fit kits for the newest vehicles on the road

New MB RoofBar Fitting Roof Bars

As Mont Blanc continue developing roof racks in their ambition to cover as many cars as possible. Here are the latest additions:

Chevrolet (Daewoo) Captiva 2013-
Honda CRV 2012-
Seat Mii 2012-
Skoda Citigo 2012-
Skoda Octavia 2013
Volkswagen Up 2012-

Citroen C4 Aircross 2012-
Hyundai IX35 2010-
Kia Sportage 2010-
Mitsubishi ASX / ЯVR 2010-
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012-
Opel Combo 2012-
Opel Adam 2012-
Peugeot 4008 2012-
Renault Scenic XMOD 2013-
Skoda Octavia 2013-

For full details on roof bars Activa, AMC and Supra click here

22/July/2013 – Monday Newsflash…Come and check out our new Thule Roof Bar Selector..

July 22nd, 2013
New Thule Vehicle Selector

At Carracks we work hard to get the right kit for your vehicle, today we have unveiled our new Thule Roof bar Selector on the Carracks front page. If in the unlikely event, you find that we haven’t got a roof bar kit for your vehicle then you can always have a look through our Mont Blanc Vehicle Selector. Just select your vehicle Make and Model and away you go.

Thule Roofbar Selector

20/June/2013 – Be Inspired by Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate Video

June 20th, 2013

Danny MacAskill has been around for a couple of years and took the country by storm with his previous “Way back home” video. Now Danny is sponsored by Red Bull and is back with his new “Imaginate” video, just sit back and enjoy the ride…

Have a look at our other blog posts giving you a bit of an insight in to what we do at Carracks and some fantastic new products and videos from Thule and Mont Blanc .

06/June/2013 – Junes Featured Product at Carracks.co.uk is the Thule Motion 800 Roof Box with a brand new deal..

June 6th, 2013

Every month at Carracks we have a new featured product, chosen from our wide range offered by Thule, Mont Blanc, Karrite, Maypole and Ring. The product has got to be pretty good and tick all of our boxes based on design, capacity, usability, flexibility and price.

This month at Carracks.co.uk, we can reveal the brand new Thule Motion 800 Roof Box, which we’ve reviewed against our other roofboxes from Thule, Mont Blanc and Karrite. The Thule Motion box came out on top on price, design and capacity. A truly fantastic roofbox which has an aerodynamic and space saving design, it is not only easy to fit to your roof bars but it also has a huge capacity from front to the rear of the box. Have a read of the great features below and right at the bottom of the page, we have a fantastic new deal on the roofboxes from Thule.

thule motion 800 topbox

We’ve listed some of the great features available from this roofbox below. Thule Motion 800 Roofbox – The Spacious Box Line.

The new Thule Motion 6208B roofbox is part of the new Thule Motion range of roof boxes. Benefiting from a range of new and improved features and we think that the Thule roofbox just got better.

» Power Click: New, pre-installed Power-Click quick mounting system with integrated torque indicator for easy and secure fixation.
» Dual Side: Allows the box to be opened from both sides for easy mounting, loading and unloading.
» Central Locking: Patented locking system, the key can only be removed if all locking points are securely closed.
» Smooth handling: The patented Dual-Force spring system and outside handles guarantee a convenient opening and opening and closing of the box.
» Maximum rear door access:The forward positioning of the box enables maximum rear door opening.
» Available in four sizes and two exclusive colours.

Specifications

» Volume (l): 460 l
» Length (cm): 205 cm
» Width (cm): 84 cm
» Height (cm): 45 cm
» Load capacity (kg): 75 kg
» Weight (kg): 21 kg
» Mounting system: Power-Click
» Box opening: Dual-Side
» Foldable for easy storage
» Central lock
» Load capacity Skis: 5-7
» Load capacity Snowboards: 4-5
» Max length of skis (cm): 190
» Ski carrier: Adapter Required
» Fits WingBar
» Fits SlideBar: Adapter Required
» Fits AeroBar
» Fits SquareBar
» TÜV/GS approved
» Fulfils City Crash norm

Thule Motion 800 Roofbox Deals

15/May/2013 – Thule 929 G6 Cycle Carrier – The Secret is out on the Thule Strut Combo and the G6 Bike Rack

May 14th, 2013

So for a limited time only this month and next, there is a great new offer on the Thule 929 G6 Cycle Carrier. . This fantastic cycle carrier from Thule is one of the best in their range and one of the best on the market, with the additional option of a 4th bike with the Thule 9081; this rack is also one of the most flexible in terms of capacity.

Thule 929 Cycle Carrier with a fantastic new Strut Bag offer

In the February 2013 issue of Cycling Active, the editors at the magazine have given their highest accolade, Test Winner, to the Thule EuroClassic G6, with special commendation for the Thule ProRide 591 roof mounted bike rack.

The UK market leading cycling magazine, Cycling Active, declared the Thule EuroClassic G6 cycle carrier as the ‘test winner’ in its February 2013 edition, marking Thule’s towball mounted bike carrier as ‘a brilliant piece of kit’ and ‘well worth the price premium’.

The Thule EuroClassic G6 emphatic victory over all others tested was largely due to its user-friendly design and ease of fitting. This award, reserved for the best products of the year, is a testament to the smart design and function of the Thule EuroClassic G6.

Thule’s iconic roof mounted bike carrier Thule ProRide 591 sleek design and flawless mounting operation were commended in the product testing, but the Thule EuroClassic G6 came out as the firm favourite in the market place for Cycling Active testers.

Cycling Active magazine states, “Having used other towbar mounted bike racks, we were genuinely impressed with how easy the Thule EuroClassic was to fit, both initially and thereafter. This really is an absolute feat of engineering and design, and will last well, giving years and years of reliable service. It’s also incredibly easy for just one person to manage on their own, unlike many other bike racks”.

07/May/2013 – Summer is almost here – Here’s 5 Handy Tips to planning a Great Driving Holiday across Europe

May 7th, 2013

Summer is almost upon us and those of you planning a trip in the UK or across Europe, will need a bit of a helping hand or advice before you go. At Carracks we’ve thought of 5 handy tips to get you started. Our 5 key words before you get going are Plan, Space, Rack, Protect and Ride.

Have a look at the Carracks layout map below to give you a bit of inspiration and to see which countries you might have to travel through to get to your destination.

In our view you have great locations such as the Dordogne region of France, the Lakes in Italy, the Black Forest in Germany or even Snowdonia in Wales and the Lake District to choose from the UK.

Europe Map - Carracks 5 top tips


1. Plan

Plan your journey first, make sure you know exactly where you want to go, maybe use our handy map above. It can be an adventure driving into Europe but also quite daunting, so make sure you take a map with you and just in case it would be wise to take one of the AA Travel kits we have available.
AA Travel Kit - For safe travel outside the UK
Travel Kit Contents include:

» 1 x pack of Beam Converters.
» 1 x Hazard Warning Triangle.
» 1 x Magnetic GB Plate.
» 1 x High Visibility Vest.
» 1 x First Aid Kit in a handy pouch.
» 1 x Driving in Europe guide book.


2. Space

Give yourself plenty of space in the car, there is nothing worse than squeezing everything in around your legs. We’ve got so many fantastic space saving products, take a look at our range of roof boxes from Thule and Mont Blanc, towbar mounted cargo racks and storage bags.

Towbar Mounted Options in more detail…

The Thule 900 Backup Box was one of our featured products last year with its innovative and flexible design. The Thule 900 Box is simple to mount and easy to load, it’s actually quite compact for a box with such a large volume so storage after use isn’t an issue. Most people use the Backup 900 box for luggage, outdoor gear such as dirty boots, ski boots and canoe / kayak equipment so inevitably the box will get dirty. Cleaning the inside of the box is easiest when the box is still mounted to your towbar system and its nice to be able to sweep and wipe clean at waist height.

May 2013 Featured Roofbox

The Thule Motion Box is the pinnacle of design for Thule and has some great features that have evolved over time, a cross between the Thule Atlantic and the Thule Dynamic roof boxes. This great looking roof box is available in loads of different sizes to suit your needs over the Summer / Winter breaks. Our Thule Motion roof boxes are multi-purpose and they look great. The Motion roofbox can be used to carry general luggage and camping gear in the summer or to carry your ski’s and equipment to the slopes in the Winter.

Thule Motion 800


3. Rack

If you’ve planned to canoe, kayak or surf one of the many beautiful valleys or coastlines across Europe by car, make sure that you’ve got your kayaks and surfboards securely strapped to the roof. We’ve got a range of roofbar systems individually designed for your vehicle, just use our vehicle selector to find the right one.

Our choice of racks for your canoe, kayak or surfboard can be found on a previous Canoe / Kayak blog post of ours and we’ve got a couple of recommendations below:

There are two main kayak racks in the Thule Kayak carrier range. The Thule 835-1 and the Thule 837 Kayak Rack. Find the description of these two great kayak racks below and find out which one suits you better.

Thule 835-1 Hull-A-Port Kayak / Canoe Carrier

The basic design of this kayak rack means that the kayak’s or canoes are carried on their side. The new Thule 835-1 Hull-a-port Rack is simple to install to either Thule rectangular or Aero style bars. It uses a system which mounts around the actual bar itself, which is incredibly secure when transporting large items such as Kayaks and Canoes. The Hull-a-Port has a lightweight design which makes it easy to fit, and remove after use, it has a galvanised / painted steel which is extremely weather proof.

Thule 835-1 Hull-A-Port Kayak rack

The padded parts on the vertical and horizontal beams of the Thule 835-1 are kind to your Canoe or Kayak, the strapping system also has a rubberised finish which protects your boat. If you are unsure whether or not you can use this rack for your boat then why not have a look at one of our previous Canoe / Kayak blog posts.

The Thule 837 Pro Kayak Rack

Thule 837 Kayak Carrier

The Thule 837 Kayak Rack has a simple to use mounting system which is compatible with both Thule Aero bars and rectangular Black bars. Your Canoe or Kayak is transported protected, on an angle, creating extra space for other gear to be loaded onto the car roof. New, improved pads and metal brackets make the product more stable. When you haven’t got your canoe or kayak on the roof, the 837 rack actually folds away enabling you to fit a bike rack or a roof box next to it.

837 Kayak Carrier

There are a wide range of Kayak racks to choose from, but the Thule 837 Hull-A-Port Pro really stands out as being the most user friendly and has the best features. The protective strapping is similar to the Thule 835-1 Hull A Port, it is easy to strap your kayak to the rack and its rubber button protects your kayak to prevent any movement.


4. Protect

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA), 48% of UK households own a pet but 23% of UK households own at least one dog. In our view that is an extremely large figure, one that reaches close to a population of 8 million dogs in the UK. A large amount of us will either send the dog to the kennel whilst we are away on holiday, however a large proportion of us will take our dogs with us. The perfect accessory for any vehicle in this situation is our fantastic range of dog guards.

Two things you can count on: It will rain on a bank holiday weekend / entire trip to Europe and your dog will head for the biggest puddles while out for a walk. This is likely to result in ushering man’s best friend into the boot in the hope that the walk has exhausted him and that he wont feel the need to ride up front with you! If you would like to keep your dog and the mud in the back, away from your nice clean upholstery then Mont Blanc have a great solution that will save those expensive valeting bills:

The Mont Blanc DogGuard Mesh Headrest (K9E) dog guard divides your boot from the rest of the car by securely attaching to the rear headrests, keeping the boot space free for a tired dog. However Mont Blanc cannot help you with stopping Fido from heading straight to your cream sofa when you get home.
For more information and to purchase please click the following link: Mont Blanc K9E Dog Guard

k9e-dog-guard

Bootliners
Another useful accessory to think about taking with you on holiday or even just keeping in your car is one of Carracks brilliant bootliners. Designed specifically for your vehicle the bootliner keeps your boot free from muddy paw marks and dog hairs.


5. Ride

If you are planning a cycling trip away with the family, then you are going to need to put your bikes either on the roofbars or onto the rear of your vehicle. The rear of the vehicle gives you two options; 1. Get a towbar fitted which allow you to fit a towbar mounted cycle carrier or 2. Use a rear mounted cycle rack which means that you won’t need a towbar. However rear mounted cycle carriers should always be consulted whilst reading your vehicles handbook, certain vehicle models are limited as to which rear mounted cycle carriers can be fitted to the vehicle.

Roof Mounted Cycle Carriers

Thule, Mont Blanc and Witter Roof Mounted Cycle Carriers

Towbar Mounted Cycle Carriers

Thule, Mont Blanc and Witter Towbar Mounted Cycle Carriers

Rear Mounted Cycle Carriers

Thule, Mont Blanc and Green Valley Roof Mounted Cycle Carriers

Inevitably you will forget something before you leave, so look out for our upcoming checklist of things that you need to take away. Carracks will make sure you have every item ticked off on the list.

03/May/2013 – Great Promo Offer on Thule 591 Cycle Carriers – In time for the Biking Season

May 3rd, 2013

The Thule 591 Bike Rack is an up to date favourite and has been evolving over the past 5 years to what you see in this fantastic bike rack. Currently at Carracks we’ve got a superb offer on the Thule 591, have a look below at the promotion and tell us what you think.

Thule 591 Special Offer Promotion

Modern and functional design is the key to our new Thule ProRide. A completely new, self-adjusting frame holder allows you to load and unload your bike quickly and easily. Security is done at roof height for ease of access. Thanks to its aluminium tray the 591 bike carrier is extremely lightweight and versatile. The new improvements to this cycle carrier range from the increased bike weight that it will carry (up to 20kg), to the new wheel strap and rim protectors which are kinder to the wheels.

The Thule 591 can either be mounted using U-Bolts which fit around standard black square bars (32mm x 30mm) or you can use the T-Track which runs down the centre of the Thule aero bars. This T-Track has a width of 21mm which allows the 20mm width bolts to slide down the centre of the track. All fittings are included for Thule Aero bars and are really easy to use, mounting along the T-Track increases the amount of bike racks that you can fit as you can use the whole length of the bar.