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Weir Rallying UK take aim for British Historic Rally Championship podium

Photo: Ian Nicholls


Building on a successful run of 2019 events, Weir Rallying UK have set their sights on success at the 2020 Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship. Continuing their pairing with three time Welsh Champion Alex Allingham taking the wheel, and with Ross Weir firmly in the co-drivers seat, the strong pairing are ready for their first full championship here in the UK.

Stepping away from a programme of success on tarmac events, BHRC’s new look 8-round series will see the pairing take on a challenging full championship of  tarmac and gravel combination as they aim for podium placing with their Ford Escort Mk II.

Despite the scale of the championship ahead of them, a fantastic season in 2019 of 5 class wins including the Barbados Rally ensures both Allingham and Weir are riding on a high, and confidence in their ability to be the surprise of the season.

Rob Weir, team principal said: “I’m excited to see what’s next, after a triumphant end to 2019, we can’t wait to take part in the forthcoming events this year. With Alex and Ross in the car, I can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve.”

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HJ Weir have been awarded ‘Made in Britain’ status, joining the list of firms proud to be manufacturing in the UK.

We are proud to announce that HJ Weir, manufacturers of commercial and industrial laundry equipment based in Chepstow, Monmouthshire have been recognised as a leading UK manufacturer of laundry equipment. The award was presented to Ross Weir, Managing Director in December 2019, demonstrating their commitment and input into the UK manufacturing industry.

Made in Britain brings together the British manufacturing community, united with the use of the registered collective mark. The mark is protected and can only be used by members of Made in Britain that meet the criteria set to guarantee the member is a British manufacturer.

Ross  commented: “As the third generation of the Weir family and having had our roots in UK manufacturing for decades, it’s an honour to have our commitment to UK manufacturing recognised with this accreditation. It represents our commitment to quality and maintaining our production centre here in the UK”.

Having been awarded approved status, HJ Weir are able to proudly display the mark upon their products, reinforcing their status as an approved UK product, supporting UK engineering and manufacturing industries.

For more information on the ‘Made in Britain’ standard and for more information about what it means for businesses, visit our company profile: https://www.madeinbritain.org/members/h-j-weir-engineering-co-ltd

Clean show success at New Orleans 2019

It was great to experience Clean Show once again this year, a fantastic opportunity to meet up with suppliers and clients worldwide from 20th – 23rd June 2019.

After a fanfare start, there was masses to see and do. Listed as one of the top 100 international shows to visit, this year didn’t disappoint as it still stands as the largest laundry industry show in globally.

As you’ve no doubt seen, we’re integrating social in more of what we do, giving you an opportunity to see behind the scenes and follow us on our journey as we continue to develop industry leading technology and equipment for the laundry industry.

We’re excited to have announced several key relationships which will secure HJ Weir in even more international locations, further supporting our global reach programme. With our heart very much in the UK, we’re proud to be exporting to hundreds of locations worldwide.

Be sure to follow us in the coming months as our international dealership programme continues in China and Dubai. If you’re interested in seeing more of Clean Show 2019 and all that went on during our trip, follow us on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hjweirgb/

Historic win for Chepstow based Weir Rallying in Sol Rally, Barbados

Weir Rallying are celebrating their ‘Historic Class’ win after returning from the Sol Rally, Barbados with their MK2 Escort. Not only did they win their class, but came 15th overall, a fantastic achievement by any standard.

Rob Weir, Team Principal said “We’re thrilled with the result, finishing beyond our wildest expectations. After a great start, it just got better and better as the stages progressed. The vehicle ran faultlessly, returning with not even a scratch to the paintwork.”

Driven by Alex Allingham who joined Weir Rallying in August 2018, he comes from an accomplished background after previously winning the Welsh GravelChampionship in 2010, 11 and 2014, Co-driver Ross Weir of HJ Weir Engineering, Chepstow, alongside Alex, with Rob Weir as team principal.

The event started with the King of the Hill, while disappointed with the initial allocated seeded position, the team made up fantastic time, and placing them in 1st Overall Historic and 25th place overall. Co-driver Ross Weir worked alongside Alex to recce the route, ensuring they were best equipped to tackle the later stages.

Friday night saw the start of the night stages which ran through Bushy Park which featured thousands of spectators who had gathered to support the event and see the race in action. Saturday saw 10 stages centred around the north and middle of the island where roads were closed to make way for the event. Sunday continued with fantastic action with a further 10 stages focusing on the South East region, culminating with stage 23 as a ’Super Special Stage’ which took place at Vaucluse Raceway. Thousands of locals supported the event where the stadium was swamped with onlookers.

Rob Weir mentioned “I want to thank Alex, Ross and the support team behind the scenes that make things possible, together with a special thanks to the event organisers and locals who made us feel so welcome, their support means so much to Weir Rallying”.

To find out more about Weir Rallying, check out www.weirrallying.co.uk and our social channels.

For press and media enquiries contact kevin@hjweir.co.uk

Image copyright Ian Nicholls 2019

Shortlisted for Excellence in Customer Care at the Welsh Business Awards 2019

With a flying start to 2019, we’re pleased to announce we’ve been shortlisted in the Welsh Business Awards 2019.

Based exclusively around our commitment to customer care, the judges have placed us as one of the top 5 Welsh companies for delivering outstanding service and care to our clients.

Presented by Gethin Jones, the awards will take place on 21st February 2019 where the winner will be officially announced at a black tie gala ball.

The awards are supported by the South Wales Chamber of commerce and provide an opportunity to celebrate the successes of leading business in Wales. Ross Weir, managing director at HJ Weir explained “It’s a fantastic start to the year to have been recognised as a leader in customer care, testament to our committed and knowledgeable team. Being shortlisted for this award is great recognition for the hard work everyone has put into making us what we are today. We wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to meeting the other finalists on 21st”.

Alex Allingham joining WEIR RALLYING UK for 2019

We are proud to announce that Alex Allingham will be joining the Weir Rallying UK team ahead of the Sol Rally, Barbados in 2019. Following our fantastic success in the 2018 event, Weir Rallying UK have appointed a new driver for the 2019 season. Alex joins the team with a wealth of experience and successes to date, including winning the Welsh National forest rally championship outright in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and competed at Rally GB. He’s taking the seat from Dave Jenkins who took the team to success during Sol Rally Barbados 2018.

“It’s great to be part of Weir Rallying UK – we’ve been in discussions for quite some time and I’m now keen to get behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to taking the team to new heights in 2019.”

Sitting alongside Alex will be Ross Weir, Managing Director of HJ WEIR, Weir Laundry Equipment and WeCoTec, with the Team Principle Rob Weir remaining at the helm.

There’s been more than just a driver change for Weir Rallying, following some ‘issues’ in Barbados and the cars reaction to the heat, we took the big decision to switch to a brand new Jondel engine. Known for it’s high levels of performance, we feel this is the right step for the team to achieve greater success in 2019. We’re currently carrying out extensive tests on the new engine to ensure we’ve optimised performance for the season.

The BRC’s premier event has grown into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a keystone of the island’s sports-tourism calendar; it contributes around Bds $4 million to the economy and accounts for more than 4,000 visitor nights each year. Running during the first weekend of June 2019, with the ‘King of the Hill Shakedown’ the weekend prior will set the running order for the main event.

Rob commented “We’re excited to have Alex as part of the team, with our new engine installed and tested, we feel they’re a winning combination to take us to success in 2019”.

To follow their journey and support the team you can follow Weir Rallying UK across the social media via the quick links on their landing page : http://www.weirrallying.co.uk



This morning the 4th July 2018 Ross Weir Managing Director of HJ Weir was asked to be part of a panel event at the Celtic Manor with ICC Wales. Joined by a few key South Wales Chamber members to discuss supply chain opportunities and how smaller businesses have broken into the bigger tenders.   Following an initial presentation from ICC Wales the Chamber of Commerce co-ordinated a panel of speakers from various backgrounds that could share their experiences. Ross Weir was joined by some great names in business from across Wales including : Richard Selby from Pro Steel Engineering, Danielle Bounds from ICC Wales and Paul Armstrong from SISK.

Here’s some photos from the event:


To learn more about South Wales Chamber of Commerce and how joining keeps you #WellConnected ,

click here : https://southwaleschamber.co.uk/whyjoin/

“Being part of the Chamber network gives us a valuable insight into what is going on in the local business community.  Through the events and meetings we are often aware of opportunities and issues that will impact our clients before they are widely known about.  This knowledge allows us to add value to our clients and be a step ahead of the competition.”

Harri Lloyd Davies – Bevan & Buckland


Our Managing Director Ross Weir has been selected as one of WALES 2018 RISING STARS.

Only 25 impressive people made the reputable list of Rising Stars by Business Insider.

Meet this year’s Insider Rising Stars – high achieving, ambitious entrepreneurs from across Wales, all under 40 years of age. They’re succeeding in industries as diverse as manufacturing, finance, software and leisure.




Click here to read the full list : https://www.insidermedia.com/rising-stars/wales/2018



HJ Weir gets great success at CleanEx2018

LCT CleanEx the only UK exhibition dedicated to the laundry, drycleaning and textile care industry.

If you didn’t attend Clean Ex 2018, click the link below to watch the highlights :

LCT CleanEx was launched in 2012. This biennial event attracts visitors from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

It was HJ Weir’s first time exhibiting at CleanEx2018 . Ross Weir, managing director said, “It was a fantastic event. We were busy both days with lots of new enquiries. Myself and the team at the exhibition really enjoyed catching up with existing customers and meeting so many new customers too. It was well worth the effort of bringing working machinery to the stand to give visitors the chance to see our equipment up close. It was an impeccably well-organised event, great to have our chairman Rob Weir and Dave Jenkins our rallying driver and car builder speaking at the event. We all enjoyed the evenings’ event and networking dinner. Our Weir Rallying UK team car added some extra interest and was a great talking point.  We’ll definitely be at CleanEx 2020 and we’re already looking forward to it.”

HJ Weir sales team lead by Managing Director Ross Weir is now traveling the UK to meet all the prospects and fantastic laundries across the UK interested in upgrading their equipment to increase efficiency and productivity. With the Weir, Milnor and Laco brands that have set an industry benchmark for both quality and reliability.

If you couldn’t make the show but would like to see our machines in action simply, click and visit our popular YouTube Channel here :


To book a sales visit or complimentary consultation just email sales@hjweir.co.uk or call 01291 622 036





Ahoy WEIR Going to Barbados

If you work in the laundry industry and haven’t yet heard that HJ Weir are sponsoring a rallying team… where have you been hiding?

Weir Rallying UK is a newly reformed team made up of Rob Weir Team Principal, Dave Jenkins Rallying Driver and car builder and the Co-Driver is our very own Managing Director Ross Weir.



Tuesday the 1st of May marks the day the car embarks on its journey across the waters at Dover to be shipped to Barbados.


To follow their journey and support the team you can follow Weir Rallying UK across the social media via the quick links on their landing page :


This is ready for the dynamic rallying team’s first competition for Sol Rally Barbados 2018.

From small beginnings as the International All-Stage Rally in 1990, the BRC’s premier event has grown into the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International and a keystone of the island’s sports-tourism calendar; it contributes around Bds $4 million to the economy and accounts for more than 4,000 visitor nights each year. Sol RB, which will run from June 1 to 3,  is a tarmac rally of around 22 special stages run on the island’s intricate network of public roads, with the previous weekend’s (May 27) Flow King of the Hill “shakedown” over a roughly three-kilometre stage used to seed the running order for the main event.

Sol Rally Barbados and Flow King of the Hill are organised by the Barbados Rally Club, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017; Sol RB18 marks the 11th year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbeans largest independent oil company, while communications provider Flow is sponsoring KotH for the third time.

Sol Rally Barbados Chairman Mark Hamilton says: “We’re delighted that the Weir family are coming back to Barbados, where I know that they have many friends during their previous visits. While I am sorry to hear that Rob will not be behind the wheel again, it is great news that he is getting so much pleasure out of the role of team boss and supporting son Ross as he develops in motorsport. The TR7 with its growling V8 was a big hit with our fans, but as I’m a bit of an Escort man myself, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Dave Jenkins has built for the team . . . and what he can do with it once he gets here.”

On the prospects for this year’s 29th running of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event, Hamilton added: “I am pleased to report that initial entries are spectacular in both quality and quantity, with the makings of one of the most competitive and largest fields ever seen. Our organising committees and volunteers have already been hard at work for some months and I am confident that their efforts will produce an event worthy of the title Rally Barbados.”

Here’s what has happened at Sol Rally Barbados before for the Weir’s

  • 2012 – Rob, with Ross co-driving, finished 34th overall and second in the Modified 8-A class in the Subaru Impreza
  • 2013 – Rob, with Ross co-driving, finished 46th overall and second in the International Historic class in the Triumph TR7 V8
  • 2014 – Rob Smith, with Ross co-driving, did not finish in the Subaru Impreza
  • 2015 – Rob Smith, with Paul Willetts co-driving, finished 26th overall and second in the International Historic class in the Triumph TR7 V8
  • 2015 – Ross was co-driver for Roger Duckworth in a Subaru Impreza WRC S6 – retired with gearbox failure

Rob Weir wanted to be the next Roger Clark he started his rallying career in the 1960’s and became a rallying driver in his Opel Ascona in the early 1970’s. He competed in the Wydean Rally in 1970 and he finished 21st and 8th in his class.

“I felt that was a good result for someone like me certainly on a limited budget for a fuel, tyres, entrance fees and everything else that goes along with competing for a days rallying. It is an expensive sport but I feel it is well worth the money because of the exhilaration you get from rallying. Also the people you meet. Although you are all competing against each other there is a certain kind of camaraderie in rallying in as much as if you are stuck for a certain part and you are struggling and someone else has got it even though they are competing invariably they will help you out. It’s not a case of we can’t help you out; people are always willing to assist you I have found.”

Rob Weir is returning from injuries he suffered at the Woodpecker stages rally in 2013. He has been told by his medical team that he cannot drive however he has said seeing his son Ross Co-drive and being in the fortunate position to fund and be team Principal of Weir Rallying UK gives him the same amount of pleasure.

What does Rob think will happen for Weir Rallying UK?

“What I would hope for Barbados one that Dave and Ross get enjoyment out of competing in the event in the car and a class win.”

With a combined experience of over 100 car rally’s under their belts some dating back to the 1970’s and a rallying champion winner of the Wydean rally behind the wheel these guys are revved up and ready to go.

Ross Weir co-driver said: “ I’m really looking forward to Barbados this will now be my fifth time at Sol Rally Barbados. It’s my first time back co-driving after a two-year break. As I have been concentrating on growing the family business. What I am particularly looking forward to is it’s my fifth event in my fifth different vehicle I’m doing it in. It’s my first time in a Mark II and having seen the car I’m buzzing to see the reaction not just from the locals but also from the competitors. I genuinely think it’s the nicest Mark II on the rallying circuit with its build quality and attention to detail. I’m grateful to my father and the companies for the support. It’s been exciting to have been able to add input to the design and details of the car.”

Dave Jenkins the driver said: “ I’m actually getting more and more excited now the car is finished all the hard work is done. We are ready for our first test session and shakedown of the car and then we prepare for Sol Rally Barbados. To be honest I’ve been so busy in the garage I haven’t had much time to think about it, after driving for so many years it’s almost second nature for me. However, this is my first ever Sol Rally Barbados so it’s a new adventure for me to enjoy.”

To follow their journey and support the team you can follow Weir Rallying UK across the social media via the quick links on their landing page :


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