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MEET THE TEAM

TMA’s award-winning photographer, David ‘Chippy’ Wood, began as a sports photographer for local newspapers before joining legendary motorsport agency, Double Red Photographic, in 1998. There he was one of the official snappers for the British Superbike championship (BSB), World Power Boat Racing championship, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), as well as shooting press launches for Kawasaki and Honda.

 

In 2000, Chippy joined BIKE magazine (Bauer, then EMAP) as staff photographer. Each month the challenges and subjects were varied and, as such, he’s photographed in many different and iconic locations from across the world – from Phillip Island to the Isle of Man. As part of this role, Chip was granted special access to motorcycles early in their development stage, such as the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE, Triumph 675 DAYTONA, Ducati Panigale and many more, long before they had been seen by other motorcycle publications.

 

Chippy is also an experienced interviewer and has flown all over the world combining his race photography and journalism, talking to the fastest riders on the planet. He was the only journalist to interview Valentino Rossi the weekend before first win on the Yamaha M1 at Welkom in 2004. Naturally, he was also there to witness and photograph this historic moment of sporting history.

 

After leaving BIKE in 2013 to go freelance, he has covered the World Superbike championship for leading motorcycle sports agency, Gold & Goose, as well as working for all the motorcycling titles at Bauer Media (BIKE, RiDE, Performance Bikes, Practical Sportsbikes, Classic Bike, MCN Sport, MCN) along with Bennetts/Bike Social, Santander Consumer Finance, Avon Tyres, Harley-Davidson (Europe), Yamaha UK, and KTM (UK and headquarters).

 

Chippy brought his amazing experience, skills and energy to The Motorcycle Agency in 2017 and provides action, portrait, studio and product photography.

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“I worked with Luke for over five years and he always brought a massive amount of creativity and enthusiasm to any topic or project. His ability to look at a challenge from many angles meant he was always able to see multiple opportunities and paths while maintaining a realistic outlook in terms of available time and financial budgets. His energy and experience adds a lot to any team.”

Theresa Gstaltmaier

KTM - Vice President Brand Management

www.ktm.com

Karl has been in the two-wheel business for over 5 years but an enthusiast much longer. After building a successful business importing and wholesaling products to major chains and multiples, he began importing products relating to his passion…bikes! This shift of doing business immersed in his passion led him on a crazy wide working with some of the best dealerships in the country and forging connections with some of the loveliest folk in the industry.


His forte is problem solving through fusing his business development acumen and marketing skills. Karl brings an armoury of exciting tactics and strategies for growing business which allow TMA to offer something really different. Marketing and PR is crucial, BUT the impact is minimised if the client needs support elsewhere. Karl can apprehend these problems and support to avoid them. Karl runs the day-to-day at the agency bringing the expertise and experience of the team and their skills together to ensure to deliver above and beyond the client’s goals. Outside the agency Karl consults for a wide portfolio of businesses and supports a number of small businesses in their growth.

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Luke began his two-wheel career working as a journalist for leading motorcycle magazines Bike and Performance Bikes, having the fortunate opportunity to test motorcycles all over the world and interview some of the industry’s key figures and world’s best racers.

Having ‘jumped the fence’ to a marketing and PR function in 2006, over the past 11 years Luke has represented and worked with a wide variety of companies, brands, race teams, athletes and events, including: KTM, Arai Helmets, Kushitani, R&G, ABUS security, Avon Tyres, HJC, KTM, Pipe Werx, The MCN London Motorcycle Show, Oxford Products, Spada clothing and Yoshimura.

These days he’s splitting his time spearheading KTM’s relentless push on the tarmac sector as PR Manager for Street products for both its Austrian head office and the UK subsidiary.

Outside of work, having peaked in his circuit racing ‘career’ as the 2006 Earlystocks champion and 2005 NG MiniTwins Vice Champion, Luke is now (badly) riding his Gas Gas TXT Pro 300 in local club  trials events and dreaming of eventually getting his Honda CB 250 RS street tracker project on the road. Check out the blog for progress on each of these exploits. 

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Racing for 12 of his tender 22 years, it’s fair to say that Joe has been heavily involved in motorcycling in various degrees throughout most of his life. He continues to show this passion for two wheels through the work that he does at The Motorcycle Agency.

 

Joe’s racing career saw him go from schoolboy Grasstrack champion to racing in the Spanish junior championships against the likes of Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins before returning to the British Superbike championship.

 

Two seasons in the British GP125 class and then a further two in Moto3, Joe narrowly missed out on winning the championship in 2014 and got the opportunity to wildcard at the British Grand Prix that same year. After graduating into the Superstock 600 category, he hung up his racing boots at the end of 2015.

 

The next few years saw Joe at the other side of pit wall manning the tools for Tom Booth-Amos, firstly riding the Neatafan Mahindra and then in his British Motostar championship-winning season aboard the RS Racing KTM.

 

As the youngest member of TMA, he is looking forward to bringing a different perspective and fresh ideas to the table. Now putting his passion for everything two wheels to good use here at The Motorcycle Agency, working on Social Media content across all platforms using Graphic Design and Video editing to make sure that every post is as eye catching as possible for our clients.

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