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Northampton: Van Damme, which has long been the cable of choice for quality conscious musicians and performers, in conjunction with VDC Trading has made its debut into the world of motor racing by sponsoring Aston Martin specialist Desmond Smail at this year’s Britcar 24-hour Production Saloon Car event at Silverstone.
Desmond Smail’s team raced a Honda Integra Type R and got off to a flying start in this endurance epic, which took place at the famous Northamptonshire circuit.
“We were leading the class at the start but unfortunately we collided with another car and spent over two hours in the pits sorting out the damage,” says Smail, who was one of four drivers on the Desmond Smail team. “We rejoined the race in 50th position and ended up 23rd overall, which was quite an achievement. Without that collision, I’m sure we would have been up for Top 10 place.”
Desmond Smail’s Honda Integra was fitted with a two-way radio system cabled entirely with Van Damme. The company has long been an advocate of Van Damme cable because it is durable and flexible and has the ability to deliver very high quality audio.
“We specify Van Damme cable for all our Aston Martin in-car audio and entertainment system installations,” says Smail. “Van Damme was particularly well-suited to the Honda Integra because it has incredibly strong sleeving, which makes it extremely tough, even under endurance race conditions.”
VDC’s Managing Director Niall Holden says: “We were delighted to be involved with Van Damme with the sponsorship of Desmond Smail’s car at this year’s Britcar event. He is a long-standing customer who has used Van Damme cable very effectively in many prestigious cars, including such icons as the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish.
“From Van Damme’s point of view, the association with the world of motor racing is key to new product development. Van Damme are currently at the design stage with ‘Street’, a new range of cable that will specifically target in-car entertainment and audio systems. These interconnect and speaker cables will be very slim and lightweight so that they can be easily incorporated into new cars and retro-fitted into vintage cars where the owners want the very best audio performance.”
Van Damme has acquired an Ultima Spyder sports car with a Chevrolet engine and a Porsche gearbox. The Van Damme Street car’s two-way radio and entertainment system will be entirely cabled with Van Damme and it will be used to promote the brand at key motor racing and corporate events.