FIVE MIN­UTES WITH…

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We take time out to chat with Kurt at Nevlock.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Kurt John­son. I’m Sales Man­ager at en­gine com­po­nent sup­ply spe­cial­ist, Nevlock.

Pleased to meet you, Kurt! When was Nevlock es­tab­lished?

Sev­en­teen years ago. The com­pany is widely known for pro­vid­ing all types of in­ter­nal en­gine com­po­nen­try for many dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, marine and air­craft.

How long have you been em­ployed by the business?

I joined Nevlock twelve years ago. I owned an Astra G GSi and recog­nised a gap in the mar­ket for a re­tailer of gen­uine Vauxhall spares at low cost. Back then, there were few al­ter­na­tives to main deal­ers when it came to the pur­chase of parts, and the independent com­pa­nies which were ad­ver­tis­ing gen­uine GM items were charg­ing a mas­sive pre­mium, mak­ing their of­fer­ings only marginally cheaper than buy­ing di­rect from Vauxhall. Nevlock quickly ex­panded its port­fo­lio to in­clude OEM GM ser­vice and main­te­nance parts. This as­pect of the business now ac­counts for a large per­cent­age of its to­tal op­er­at­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Does Nevlock sell tun­ing parts?

Un­til re­cently, we’ve fo­cused only on the sup­ply of stan­dard items, be they GM-branded or the same equip­ment from OEM sup­pli­ers, in­clud­ing Mahle, El­ring, Febi and Vic­tor Reinz. De­mand for per­for­mance parts from our cus­tomer base, how­ever, has en­cour­aged us to de­velop a line of Nevlock-branded tun­ing prod­ucts, in­clud­ing in­ter­cool­ers, top hats, con­nect­ing rods and our soon-to-bere­leased sil­i­cone hose kits for Z20LET and Z20LEH en­gines.

How many peo­ple work with you at Nevlock?

We’re a team of eigh­teen cov­er­ing a wide range of roles from ac­count­ing to de­liv­ery du­ties. There are five ded­i­cated ware­house op­er­a­tives and a match­ing num­ber of us tak­ing care of sales en­quiries, which come to us di­rect by tele­phone or through our pop­u­lar eBay store. Ad­di­tion­ally, I re­ceive a sur­pris­ingly high num­ber of or­ders through Face­book mes­sen­ger!

How has the business changed over the years?

Nevlock’s pro­file has been greatly im­proved thanks to vis­i­bil­ity at PVS, where we have a trade stand each year. We also work closely with a high num­ber of own­ers clubs, in­clud­ing Z20LET Lovers. The last three years have been a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful pe­riod of growth for the business, pre­dom­i­nantly due to in­creased de­mand from own­ers of Astra G GSis and Astra H VXRs chas­ing what’s per­ceived to be in­creas­ingly ac­ces­si­ble high power from their per­for­mance Vaux­halls. Re­li­a­bil­ity is key when hunt­ing down big bhp. Thank­fully, Nevlock can sup­ply all the parts re­quired for an en­gine re­build.

What are the big­gest chal­lenges Nevlock faces when it comes to work­ing within the Vauxhall scene?

Com­pe­ti­tion. To be­gin with, we had what felt like free reign to of­fer gen­uine parts at hugely dis­counted prices, but there’s now a num­ber of com­pa­nies at­tempt­ing to repli­cate what we do. The key to our on­go­ing suc­cess is to stay in­volved with the scene, lis­ten to what own­ers want and con­tinue to sat­isfy their de­mands with great prod­ucts at low cost.

Which per­for­mance Vauxhall of­fers the best bang for our buck?

It has to be the Astra H VXR. Peo­ple still go mad for the model, not least of all due to the bot­tom fall­ing out of sale prices. These cars make good power for not a lot of money, but find­ing a re­ally good VXR to use as the start­ing point for a build is prov­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. While it’s great to see them avail­able with­out break­ing the bank, the flip­side is that many Astra VXRs are suf­fer­ing ne­glect at the hands of own­ers who aren’t car­ry­ing out ser­vic­ing or main­te­nance work as dili­gently as they should be.

The next big thing?

A tough ques­tion to an­swer, but I’d say a con­tin­u­a­tion of the quest for higher, more re­li­able horse­power from Z20LET and Z20LEH en­gines. Can we fol­low Nevlock on­line?

Per­for­mance Vauxhall read­ers are in­vited to visit the Nevlock Per­for­mance Face­book page.

“Nevlock can sup­ply all the parts re­quired for an en­gine re­build”

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