Bike-mad Liam Delves from Stechford has joined Signarama Birmingham South in Solihull as an apprentice.
The 16-year-old finished fourth in last year’s Hel Performance Motorstar British Championship and has his sights set on becoming the 2017 champion in this British Superbike Championship class for up and coming superbike racers.
Competing at such a high level doesn’t come cheap which is why Liam got a job with the Hobbs Moat Road based signs centre to help fund his £40,000 – a – year hobby.
In addition to giving him on-the-job training Signarama Birmingham South owners Tracy and Jeremy Andrews are also fully supportive of his racing schedule. The British Superbikes Championship calendar is on the office wall and they will be giving him time off on Thursdays and Fridays during the season to attend races all over the UK and in Holland.
Said Liam: “I am really enjoying working here particularly the graphic design side of sign making. It’s very satisfying to be able to see a job right through from design to production and then handing the finished item to the customer.
“It’s not every boss who would give an employee 20 days off to take part in sport and I am very grateful to Signarama for being so flexible. I’ve been racing bikes since I was five and my burning ambition is to win the British Super Bike Championship.
“My grandad used to sit me on his bike when I was tiny and I got my first battery powered moto bike when I was three. It kept running out of battery though and I would cry. Mum and Dad got fed up of carrying me and the bike home so I soon progressed to a motorised version.”
In addition to giving Liam a generous holiday entitlement Signarama is also producing the decals for the bike free of charge for him. The sign centre has supplied decals for cars taking part on the Le Mans 24 Race in the past but this will be their first foray into making motorbike graphics.
Director Tracy Andrews explained: “My husband Jeremy is also a mad keen biker which is probably one of the main reasons we took Liam on! We advertised for a production assistant and Liam applied for the position. He already had a Saturday job working in a print shop so had some experience in design and production. He’s settled in well and is a quick learner.
“We are impressed by Liam’s drive and determination to become champion and want to support him as much as we can. As producing vehicle graphics is one of the services we provide it makes sense for us to do Liam’s new decals as he needs them.
Although I’m not at all into bikes I know Jeremy and the rest of the team here will be going to cheer Liam on at races held locally.”