Dave Gregory, editor of Professional Recovery magazine, told the audience that this year’s recipient had spent a lifetime in the garage and recovery industry.
The demonstration team comprised recovery operators from FMG, McCallisters (who demonstrated their skills with snatch bags) Egertons, On Time, the Mansfield Group, Lantern Worldwide and Saunders.
The company had already introduced a night-time MoT testing service at its dealership in Whitley, Coventry. And starting this week (1st October), this has been extended to cover its headquarters in Aston, Birmingham, and its Willenhall, Wolverhampton branch. The move means customers will no longer have to take their commercial vehicles off the road to get them tested during the day, when they could be out earning.
McLaren F1 has shown their support for the UK’s top young automotive technicians by inviting the winners of the 2012 Skillauto competition to visit McLaren’s Technology centre in Surrey. The Skillauto competition, organised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is the national competition which seeks to find the best young technicians in the fields of mechanical repair, car body repair and car painting through a knockout competition.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced a series of nationwide events to promote awareness of careers in the retail automotive industry to education professionals. A key objective of the programme is to challenge perceptions of the industry and its need to attract high calibre students. Skills are a crucial issue for the motor industry and it is essential that the sector attracts bright, enthusiastic and self-motivated young people that are suitably qualified in numeracy, literacy, science and ICT.
This year’s Show Sponsors, Singers Asset Finance, have brought their biggest sales team ever to the Tow Show.
Their MD, Simon Findlay told Towby Times: ‘Under our new ownership of Shawbrook Bank, we have been able to extend our services to the recovery industry. We have always worked hard with recovery operators over the years and I think they appreciate our support.
Once again the All Industry Display Team led by John Coupland was a huge success playing in front of the galleried audience to full houses on both days. FMG once again sponsored the event and helped John put together the vehicles for the demonstration.