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slashesNGK-backed Maria Costello goes for a double take on the famous Goodwood hill climb

NGK-sponsored Maria Costello MBE is all set for the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed where she will take on the iconic hill climb on two machines.

Fresh from making history by becoming the first female racer to compete in both the sidecar and Lightweight TT races on the same day at the Isle of Man TT she is to take both a motorcycle and sidecar up the hill at the meeting which takes place on July 4-7.

She said: “I’ve been invited to take both my sidecar and the Paton up the hill (not at the same time) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, can’t wait!”

Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a long-time supporter of Maria, known as ‘the Queen of the Bikers’.

Mark Hallam, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager, said: “It will be great for Maria’s fans to see her in action at Goodwood this year and I’m sure she will receive a lot of support when she takes to the hill.”

NGK has a long and highly successful association with all forms of motorsport where its spark plugs have helped the world’s leading teams and competitors to countless victories and titles.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK Spark Plug has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.

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