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Mar 20, 2001

Engel Says He Is Still Waiting For Refund On Returned Dymag Wheels

Former racer Allan Engel said March 19 that he is still waiting for a refund on Dymag wheels that didn't fit his Moto Guzzi and were returned to Andrew Wright's Superbike Racing after months of haggling.

Wright originally claimed that the wheels did fit and could not be returned because they were a special order. After a letter from Engel explaining his plight was published in Roadracing World, Wright eventually admitted that the wheels did not fit Engel's specific U.S.-market Moto Guzzi model and agreed to take back the wheels and refund Engel's money. But when Engel returned the wheels, Wright then refused the shipment.

Months later, according to Engel, Wright finally accepted the returned wheels. But as of March 19, Engel said he did not have his promised refund, this on an initial order placed over a year ago.

In a March 19 e-mail to Roadracing World, Engel wrote:

"Here's the latest. About two months ago I returned the wheels and Superbike Racing accepted them. Andrew (Wright) said a refund would be forthcoming following his return from the International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. I called about a week ago whereby he tells me that following the Chicago show he had to fly to Italy and that now his accountant/money person was on holiday and when she returned they would cut me a check. He promised that he would send the check out last Friday and that he would call me that day to confirm the check was on the way. He never called--I telephoned him today but he was out. I asked that he return my call. Hitherto he has not returned my calls or sent a refund."

Wright has consistently denied that any of Engel's problems are his (Wright's) fault and that publication of Engel's claims is an unfair persecution of Superbike Racing and Wright himself. Wright has also consistently claimed that he is an honest businessman who has been victimized and misled on wheel delivery dates and, in Engel's case, on model fitment, by U.K.-based Dymag, and that he (Wright) has been unfairly portrayed by Roadracing World. Wright has also claimed that customer complaints sent to Roadracing World are untrue or unfair, and that his (Wright's) personal honesty and fairness is proven by the people he and Superbike Racing are associated with.

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