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Swap Gear 2017 Winners

12th April 2017

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Competition

Hello and welcome to Alex's Blog. Today is the day that the SIX, yes you read that correctly, SIX winners of the Swap Gear Competition are announced!

We had an amazing response to this competition - thank you to everyone who entered - we really did have a hard job choosing only 6 winners. In fact we had such an amazing response that I can't see this being a one-off competition so keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for something similar. There were some people who were very close to winning but only just missed out so definitely enter again next time if you didn't win this time.

Anyway! All the arguing in the office is over and after much deliberation the 6 winners are as follows:

First up David Latham-Heath. He was a very worthy winner in sheer nominations alone! He definitely got the most nominations out of everyone entered and we couldn't ignore that fact. He was also a well-deserved winner as his leathers have seen better days as you can see!

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner David Latham-Heath in Gretna Green

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner David Latham-Heath on his bike

These are only three of the many pictures and nominations we received (but I'd have to do a whole David Latham-Heath blog if we showed them all!)

His friend Phil Brindley wrote: "My friend David Latham-Heath wears his second hand set all year round I think he deserves some new gear thanks to his front forks needing a rebuild/refurb new leathers are out of the question."

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner David Latham-Heath Midlands R1 Owners Club MemberSarah Latham-Heath wrote "I would like to nominate my wonderful husband David Latham-Heath he adores his family and never leaves the house to go on his bike without his leathers on, they have definitely seen better days and I would love nothing more than to buy him new leathers but he always says " family comes first I can get new leathers later" he such a loving husband and dad and this would be amazing for him! Thank you! Xxxxxx"

Well David Latham-Heath you have won a Frank Thomas FTL500 leather jacket worth £149.99.


Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Black Jacket front view
Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Black Jacket front view

Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Black Jacket side view
Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Black Jacket side view

Our second winner is Phil Gardner who nominated himself with an extremely well worn leather jacket.

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner Phil Gardner in his old leather jacket

Phil said:

"Here is me in a rather old Frank Thomas leather jacket that I've had for almost 10 years. It has seen many miles, has kept me safe and has survived a small crash. Both sleeve zips and one of the pocket zips are broken, but considering its age it has done very well. Hopefully a replacement will do just as good a job."

Phil has also won himself the Frank Thomas FTL500 leather jacket worth £149.99. Congratulations to you!

Our third winner, these are in no particular order, is Tony Lester.

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner Tony Lester in his 'ladies jeans'

His wife Tracey said:

"This is my long suffering Husband Tony Lester, as you can see he's wearing his Frank Thomas Textiles which I bought for him. Unfortunately when I bought them I accidentally got Ladies bottoms which is why his legs look weird bless him. He wears them so I don't feel bad about buying them so you would be doing me a huge favour if you could swap his lady riders for some guy gear lol please make his day thanks the loving wife Tracey."

Tracey, you don't have to feel the guilt anymore. A pair of Frank Thomas Dusk textile trousers worth £89.99 are coming your husbands way. You're welcome.


Frank Thomas Dusk Black Trousers front view
Frank Thomas Dusk Black Trousers front view

Frank Thomas Dusk Black Trousers side view
Frank Thomas Dusk Black Trousers side view

David Shepherd is our fourth winner. He has nominated himself for the following jacket:

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner David Shepherd's eleven year old jacket

He says:

"I'm nominating me because I've had this jacket 11 years and it's no longer waterproof it's even been in an accident and served me well but I think it's high time I got a new one."

Well we agree David Shephard! A Frank Thomas Tornado textile Jacket worth £79.99 (in your choice of colour) is yours!


Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Red


Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Red


Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and White
Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and White

Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black
Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black

Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Blue
Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Blue

Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Yellow
Frank Thomas Tornado Jacket in Black and Yellow

Our fifth winner is Giles Thorlby.

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner Giles Thorlby's well worn gloves

Giles wrote:

"My trusty (and first) set of gloves, Frank Thomas Aqua gloves and only 29 years young. The lining might be shot and they let water in, but I can't let them go. Maybe if I win I can retire them and hang them on the wall in the man cave."

Giles, get your nail and hammer ready to mount your gloves to the wall as a pair of Frank Thomas FT02 Cat 2 waterproof gloves (worth £89.99) are coming your way.


Frank Thomas FT-02 Cat 2 Black Gloves Back
Frank Thomas FT-02 Cat2 Black Gloves Back

Frank Thomas FT-02 Cat 2 Black Gloves Grip
Frank Thomas FT-02 Cat2 Black Gloves Grip

Last, but most certainly not least, is Jonathan "Chewy" Chapell.

Frank Thomas Swap Gear Winner Jonathan Chapell's well loved boots

Jonathan said:

"My boots. I love them, I wear them every day to commute in rain or shine but they've seen better days, the soles are coming away and theres no grip left"

We could see that Jonathan, so we are replacing these for you with a pair of Frank Thomas Qualifer GP Boots (in a colour of your choice) these are worth £129.99.


Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and Red
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and Red

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and White
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and White

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and Blue
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black and Blue

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Boots in Black

Congratulations to all six of our winners and again a huge thank you to all that entered. This competition really was a close run contest so keep your eyes out in future blogs and on our Facebook and Twitter for similar competitions.

Until next time, stay safe.

Alex