Horze now sells GPA! We took an interview with Owner, Mr Finquel and Sales consultant, Marie Lesterps to find out what GPA can offer our Horze customers!Finquel explains, “GPA has been the world reference company in protection helmets since the 60’s. For years, GPA has been surrounded by the greatest champions to develop products more and more technical and innovant, in order to meet comfort, design and security needs. Drawing on its know-how and expertise acquired in the car racing world, GPA was the first European manufacturer to put approved riding helmets on the market, even before the standard was made mandatory Europe-wide.”
Origin of GPA
Marie Lesterps told us how it all begain. “Michel Finquel was a racing-car driver during the Sixties. Tired of losing his friends in accidents owing to the lack of adequate physical protection, he decided to design the first fire-resistant driving suits to protect drivers effectively from fire during accidents. Designed under the NAZA brand name, this high-quality safety concept was widely adopted, including by mechanics in the stands.Working in partnership with the designers of the GPA brand, he was closely involved in the design of the famous integral helmet. In spite of the mixed response it received at the time, there is no doubt of the success today of such an innovation for F1 racing, rallies and motorcycling. GPA has supplied the greatest drivers in the world including Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Jacques Laffite and Gilles Villeneuve. After subsequently becoming a keen rider, it was when his daughter took up riding that he decided that she needed top protection, as he had done for his driver friends in the past. From this visionary spirit focussed on safety above all came the GPA brand. With nearly 50 years of experience in safety equipment, GPA is a guarantee of serious and longstanding commitment to safety in sport.”
The role of our rider advisors:
GPA relies on a network of professional riders, each of whom tests the new products and advises the GPA technical teams on how to optimise them. In order to improve our quality approach and contribute to our efforts in research and development, the professional riders intervene in the following areas:
- Choice of textiles and materials
- The fit of the helmet on the head in the different sports
- Ventilation, airing
Before our models appear on the market, the prototypes are tested in real riding situations by the best world-class riders, thus providing a genuine guarantee of satisfaction and reliability for each rider.
GPA has been developing several models through the years. There is a wide range, in order to be able to offer the choice to our client, and also respond to the different demands depending on disciplines. To see which helmets Horze now provide, click here.