Skillauto nears chequered flag

The finals of the annual Skillauto competition will get off to a roaring start - thanks to support from McLaren.

Published:  24 October, 2012

The F1 and supercar maker has invited the UK's top young automotive technicians 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.

Among the finalists is apprentice technician Daniel Medlar of Clive Atthowe Tuning in Norwich. Earlier this year technician Dan Wright from the same garage came second in Aftermarket's Top Technician contest while garage owner Clive Atthowe has won the same competition in the past.

Also in the final is apprentice tech Matthew McKeown, from  Pat Kirk Ltd in County Omagh. This family-run independent garage is notable because it owns and controls five separate local VM franchises.


Related Articles

  • Our pick of news in 2012 

  • Type Approval Roadshow 

    THE SOCIETY of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is going on the road next year to host a series of workshops that will help businesses get to grips with European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.

  • Seized cars saved 

    A DEAL between the Metropolitan Police and finance body HPI will see uninsured cars in London that have been seized by police returned to their rightful owners - namely the finance companies that lent money on them.  Previously the vehicles would have either been sold at auction, or crushed.

  • Govt. reject mandatory Code for MOT centres 

    THE GOVERNMENT will not force new MOT stations to join an OFT-backed code, nor will it require existing ones to do so. This is according to the Department for Transport's response to a recommendation published in a report from a focus group known as The Motorists Forum.

  • Training centre opens 

    THE DUKE of York opened Bosch's new multi-million pound training centre in Uxbridge on Wednesday, 12 December. The new Service Training Centre (STC) has been built to satisfy demand for the firm's automotive training courses from the UK aftermarket industry.


Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from Aftermarket Magazine.


Where should the next Automechanika show be held?


©DFA Media 1999-2018