JUST MT .2 CENTS WORTH HERE
I say don't have negative thoughts about Adrian and Mandy. They are very awesome folks. I have have been disappointed with a few orders and it is a challenge. They own a sign business and have a contract with the city and County that they work hard at, and it pays their bills. The trials side is hobby/business. I know they have hired people to come in and assist with orders and helping out in the past, but unless your business smart and a trials motorcycle rider working for them, then there is not much hope in providing Adrian or Mandy the ability to assist a customer and so then they can't offer a true service to customers. I'm sure they hate this situation. They are currently heading out soon to the California nationals so that Adrian can work the Gas Gas pit for about 4 days strait doing nothing but working on motorcycles. I have seen him in the pits and he eats a sandwich with greasy hands while he is working. If you personally knew them you would understand. He never stops, has a beer, talk to other old friends; just work on bikes. So it is hard being Lewis Sport I suppose.
Your situation just plain sucks. Jim at Rising Sun is a jerk. His brother typically answers the phone but if you get Jim Snell he will not be nice and he only talks to dealers. He will not waste any time. Lewis Sport must and should get in contact with Rising Sun and they have to find it. Until after the CA and Colorado national events are over, you may not have any luck. I hope they get it sorted.
I also recommend otherdealers to order from. Many of those above as well as local dealers that have lots of parts in their bench stock are awesome to work with. Please keep us posted on ehat happens.
Lastly, I dug up an interview for our year 2000 club's newsletter after they first moved here from Scotland where he was the largest tire dealer in the world, servicing the Scottish 6 Days and a local and very successful dealer there. Hope you know them a bit better now. Our cub misses them.
Published October 2000
On The Loop Interview with Mandy Lewis
I finally got the chance to sit down with Mandy Lewis and do NMTA’s first interview. The editors at NMTA strive to bring you interesting news and insight to our club and our members. After an official welcome from our club, sittings in chairs beside they’re 32 foot RV rig we found some shade. Looking out across the canyon lands of haystack mountain, it seemed like a great place to talk. Plus. I just love her English accent.
NMTA: Lets start from the beginning. How did you meet Adrian and get involved with trials and find yourself here in Albuquerque New Mexico?
Mandy: Adrian was 16 years old and lived next door me. We were living in the middle part of England know as “The Midlands.” Adrian was riding in the European Nationals and Britain’s Nationals rounds. We started dating and I began attending his trials. He was very impressive on his machine.
NMTA: So then what happened, I understand that you all lived in Scotland?
Mandy: In 1993 Adrian started Lewis Sport. We decided that the Scottish 6-Days event needed local support. So late in 1993 we moved near Fort William, the north end of Scotland’s west Highlands, Scottish 6-Day country.
NMTA: When were you and Adrian married?
Mandy: We were married in Scotland in July, 1998. The church was very small, called the Church Tomdoune that held 12 people, plus a piper for music. A very romantic setting and very quiet.
NMTA: So you’re married, living in Scotland and Adrian is riding trials, building Lewis Sport, sounds perfect. Why move to the US?
Mandy: Adrian was Scotland’s largest trials dealer. He was also involved as an alignment specialist. A friend had started an alignment business in Albuquerque and needed Adrian to take charge. So, in March of 1989 we crated some stuff in boxes and sold everything else we had and moved to Los Lunas, New Mexico.
NMTA: Wow! So how’s business, what’s it like moving here, what are your impressions?
Mandy: Well after one year of business, things are truly great. I was really shocked by the great distances here. We had stormy weather in England and Scotland, but here the weather is extreme, varied and changes rapidly. I really like it in the Southwest and the people are so friendly. We really felt welcome, especially by the NMTA. Mandy said that Americans enjoy their freedom and their leisure. That we work hard to play hard.
NMTA: Tell me about your trials riding. Why didn’t you ride in Scotland?
Mandy: Basically women in the Europe don’t ride because it’s so dangerous and muddy. There are lots of burns that are quite nasty (burns are creeks and streams with lots of clay). I tried riding a Gas Gas 270 some in 1997but had a bad crash that kept me leery of trials riding. It’s considered the hardest and most dangerous motorcycle sport in Europe. However, Laura O’Neil has been a real friend and convinced me to try riding again. She has been my coaching instructor and she makes it very easy to learn, plus she’s a very good rider.
NMTA: Well you have just finished your third event, what do you think?
Mandy: Yes, my third competition and I’m loving it! I’m getting more comfortable each day. I still have crashes though. I crashed near section 8 today, I held the throttle on too much and I would’t let go. I bruised my elbow but it will mend.
NMTA: In summary, what do you have to say to our readers?
Mandy: I was apprehensive about the USA and New Mexico. But as soon as I got here, my expectations were exceeded. I miss England and Scotland, but the people here, the places and the riding areas are spectacular, and the food is so unique and wonderful. “New Mexico and the USA is a brilliant way of life!”
Thank you Mandy, we are lucky to have you and Adrian, welcome to New Mexico again.