As a keen motorcyclist, Poly Advisory's John Merrill was always looking to improve his motorcycle and after a visit to the Milan motorcycle show in the late eighties he was left with a problem.
Whilst in Milan he had seen the Ducati 888 endurance racer which featured different bodywork to the standard road going bike, unable to purchase this fairing, he designed his own moulds and manufactured from carbon fibre a replica of the 888 endurance fairing for his own machine.
One motorcycle fairing leads to another, The World of QB Carbon was born.
In 1992 we sponsored Carl Fogarty on his Private 888 Ducati, no one had wanted to know Foggy that year and the cynics were saying he would never make it, but he proved them wrong winning the second race at Donington, the rest as they say is history with Foggy going onto form the relationship with Ducati that would result in four World Superbike titles.
QB Carbon went on to produce a huge range of carbon fibre motorcycle bodywork for both race and road going machines, supplying and supporting many UK and international racing teams including Kawasaki UK, TAS Suzuki, V&M Racing, Phase One Suzuki and GSE Ducati.
Some firms are happy to create replica bodywork, QB Carbon however were always looking to improve the design, looks and performance of their product range and over the year have created many fantastic special motorcycles utilising their products.
Prehaps the most famous being the QB Yamaha R71, Superbike magazine proclaimed "This is the ultimate special, and one which doesn't feature the usual shortcuts and rough edges you usually find on limited-run bespoke bikes. There again this is no normal special, its been done so professionally that Yamaha UK are happy to sell it through one of their dealers with a full two year warranty. That's confidence for you."
In the year 2000 The QB Carbon R71's of V&M Racing and Temple Auto Salvage combined with riders David Jefferies, Michael Rutter and Ian Lougher took all the major honours in road racing including win's at both Irelands North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT.
QB Carbon was one of the first UK firms to embrace the internet, in the late nineties very few people in the UK used the internet to find parts and accessories for their bikes, in the USA and around the world however it was different, as a result QB Carbon became a global company with customers from all the world, including the USA, Europe, Japan and South Africa.
QB Carbon were never far from racing, Poly Advisory's own Alex King contested the British Scooter championship and Aprilia Superteen championship, racing against many future superbike stars including Leon Haslam and Leon Camier.
In 2001 QB Carbon formed the Mechanical Velvet MV Agusta endurance team, with riders Alex King, Max Vincent (brother of GP star Jay), and Gary Haslam (nephew of Rocket Ron Haslam) the team came very close to winning the championship in 2002, recording several 750 class wins and taking the overall win at the Snetterton eight hour round.
Deciding to devote all its time to the pools and drainage industry, Poly Advisory sold QB Carbon to members of its staff, it remains a successful concern producing parts for all the major motorcycle brands, visit it at www.worldofqbcarbon.com
As Poly Advisory's John Merrell says "QB Carbon wasn't just about making motorcycle parts, it was about creating dreams, giving the guy on the street the chance to own the same exotic parts the factory racers use.
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