The workshop of the Jason and Brian Rourke with a Warco lathe and milling machine appeared recently on a segment of the Channel 4 show Speed with Guy Martin, where Guy attempted new world record for the fastest speed recorded on a bicycle.
A specially commissioned bike was needed for the task, so the producers of Guy Martin’s show called upon Jason Rourke to engineer a tailored bike with bespoke gearing to extract maximum power for the world record attempt. Based in Stoke on Trent, the Rourkes are some of the top cycle engineers in the country, having built made to measure frames for more than 4000 top cyclists worldwide.
They’re passionate and skilled engineers, just like so many of our customers, we’re proud that they’ve come to rely on our machines.
On the show, we saw part of the build process for the bike.
The attempt was successful, with the bike reaching 112.94mph, an incredible feat which put them in the record books.
You can find the Rourke bike shop online here brianrourke.co.uk.
Find out more about the show and watch the full episode at channel4.com/programmes/speed-with-guy-martin
It’s not long to go now for the annual Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace, London.
The London Model Engineering Exhibition is one of the biggest of its kind, with a wide variety of club stands from all the top model engineers from across the country showcasing their best creations.
We’re gearing up for the show as we speak, with preparations in full swing. We’ll be showing a large selection of machines from our range, including the majority of our milling machines and lathes, so if you can make it down the show will be a good chance to take a look at our products in the flesh – and ask any questions you might have. We’ll be there with plenty of new products and show only discounts and special offers. We hope to see you there.
The Venue: Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Dates: Friday 17th January to Sunday 19th January 2014
You can find out more about the show and book tickets here londonmodelengineering.co.uk
January 2014 Update: We hope you all had a great holiday period. Our Christmas promotion was a great success so thanks for your support.
It’s that time of year again.
If you’re looking for something for that difficult to buy for engineer this Christmas, or you just want to treat yourself, the above items are all very popular with our customers at the moment and we think they represent great value for money.
Wishing all of you a very happy Christmas.
UPDATE: 12th November 2013
Our thanks to everyone who made it to the latest Warco Open Day, making it one of our busiest and most successful events so far. As ever, the weekend wouldn’t be what it is without all of our loyal customers who made the journey out to us, so thank you to all of you who visited this weekend.
We’re already planning for and looking forward to the first Warco Open Day for 2014 – we’ve set the date for 8th March 2014.
At the forthcoming Spring Warco Open Day in March 2014, we’ll have a wide variety of special offers and show only deals on new Warco products. There will also be the usual barn full of used and ex demo machinery and quality second hand tooling bargains.
We’re coming up to the final Warco Open Day of the year.
With preparations here in full swing, we’re expecting this winter event to be a great offering whether you’re after new Warco machinery, or ex-demo and used bargains.
Open to all visitors to our premises.
The date for the show is Saturday 9th November 2013.
Opening hours are 9AM – 2PM.
We’ll have a large range of discounts on our product range, with lower prices and tooling special offers.
Plenty of used and second hand bargains on offer too.
You can find us at:
For more details about the show and to keep up to date with other exhibitions you can find us at, see here.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
The Warco Showroom
In the meantime, you’re more than welcome to visit our showroom at any time during the week to take a look at our machines and tooling in person. We’re open Moday – Friday, 8:30AM – 5:00PM.
Following on from our post detailing tbe Warco installation of lathe & milling machines at Prospects College, we’re looking back on details of another comprehensive machine tool set up we provided at the JCB Academy in Staffordshire.
First off, a little background about the JCB Academy. It’s an all new centre for developing a new generation of engineers and future business leaders and offers a wide range of practical vocational courses, all backed with the central principle of learning by doing. The JCB building was originally a mill, built by the famous industrial entrepreneur and engineer Richard Arkwright in the late 18th Century, and went on to be completely transformed into a state of the art educational centre for 21st century students of engineering and business.
Above: Students on a Warco Lathe, photo from The Guardian.
As part of the process of establishing the unrivalled facilities, we were were asked to equip large scale workshops tying in with the Academy’s aim of creating a truly 21st century learning centre for engineering. The JCB Academy asked for workshops fully equipped for work on real-life engineering projects, and we were happy to provide a completely bespoke installation of Warco machinery.
Here are some photos of Warco machines in place just after being fitted and installed. Note that rather than the usual Warco green and yellow, as requested all machinery was supplied in bespoke JCB themed colours.
The comprehensive range of machinery we supplied and handled all aspects of installation for included the following: 15 GH1440 Lathes, 7 GH1330 Lathes, 6 4VS Turret Mills, 10 DT16 Bench Mouting Drills, 11 DT25 Floor Standing Drills, a variety of metal cutting bandsaws and a range of woodworking machinery.
For further reading about the scale of the project, there’s an interesting article by Technology In Education magazine.
JCB Academy was officially opened by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (you can read more about the opening here and here), and is now in its second academic year of training a new generation of engineers and business leaders – something we’re proud to have been a part of.
Following on from another Warco Open Day, we’re now looking forward to the next even on the summer show calender – the Bristol Model Engineering & Hobbies Exhibition. Held in Thorbury, Bristol, this is always a popular show down in the south west with a range of attractions for model engineers and hobbyists alike.
Live demonstrations will include wood turning, a selection of internal combustion engines, model boats, agricultural engines, model railways, indoor remote control helipcopters and aeroplates. There will also be stirling engines, 3D printing, train rides, wokshop displays and much more – well worth a visit.
We’ll be there with a selection of our engineers’ tools, lathes and milling machines – with some show only discounted prices.
The address of the show:
Thornbury Leisure Centre
Dates: August 16th, 17th and 18th.
You can find more information on the show site here.
We had a fantastic turnout at this year’s Summer event, with customers coming from all over the country to visit us.
As ever, it wouldn’t be what it is without our loyal customers who make the trip to visit us, so thank you.
We’re already planning another for later on in the year, with even more special deals lined up for that day. We’ll be announcing details of that event soon.
Following from another successful Harrogate Model Engineering Exhibition, we’re now looking forward to the next show on the calender – the Warco Summer Open Day.
We’ve fixed the date for this year’s Summer event for Saturday 20th July 2013, and it’s set to be as big as ever. This summer, we’ll be opening our doors once again and displaying our full range of machines, tools, lathes, milling machines, accessories and much more. Many products will be on sale at show only prices, so if you’re considering buying something from us, making it to the Warco Open Day is always highly recommended.
There will be plenty of parking this time around – we’ll be using a whole field opposite – as well as onsite catering.
The Warco Open Day is held at our premises in Surrey – here’s our full address:
As well as our full range of new tooling, we’ll also have on sale that day an ever popular selection of second hand and ex-demo machinery, tools and accessories – so there’ll be something for everyone.