Innovation MotorCARe Centres of Excellence

 

Innovation Group MotorCARe Press Release

When the above Press Release was published we decided that it called for a little celebration!
Below are our management team celebrating that AW Repair Group are Innovation MotorCARe Centres of Excellence.

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Customisations

AW Repair Group’s Land Rover approved Lincolnshire branch had a brand new 64 plate Range Rover Sport through our doors last week for some special customer stylising.

With the full panoramic glass roof to negotiate we painted the roof and pillars gloss black complementing the original Corris Grey finish. Corris Grey colour coding was also added to the lower door mouldings and front bumper corners.

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A day in the life of Pudsey Bear

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For Children in Need 2014 we invited Pudsey down to AW HQ for a fun filled day!

From arriving the ladies loved him! Although the weather took a turn for the worse, he stuck in there and was estimating using Audamobile, bonding, prepping panels, spraying, polishing and even had time for a coffee and some calls!

Here’s what he got up to …

Lincolnshire Police Interceptors with LRSP

Popular TV series Police Interceptors have been filming the work of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) for episodes to be screened in the New Year.

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And as a close partnership of LRSP, AW Repair Group was delighted to go along to see the film crews in action.

Infact AW’s Jade Johnson took part in filmed demonstrations of LRSP’s road safety programme.

Writes Jade:

Firstly we were put into their state of the art skid training vehicle and with the flip of a switch the suspension changes and throws you into a 360 spin! The skid training vehicle simulates driving on ice, slippery roads and aquaplaning. During the training we learnt how to handle tricky situations and build our driving skills, in a fun and friendly way.

Next we experienced a car crash in LRSP’s crash car simulator, which really hit a nerve and really makes you think what you would do in that situation. We got to take the trusty Peugeot 205 GTi for a spin, which AW Repair Group repainted for LRSP in March 2013, which was great fun! Finally, we took to the PlayStation for a timed challenge against each other.

Whilst we were having fun on these exercises we were in a controlled environment and it’s easy to forget that this could really happen to you when you are least expecting it. But I would really recommend the driving training courses that LRSP offer, it’s a skill that will stay with you for life and something we wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn without the fantastic work by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s team.IMG_2914

As well as driver training courses LRSP deliver their hard hitting 2Fast2Soon production to schools around the region.

Gliding Evening with Porsche Club GB

Niel GliderTwo of AW Repair Group’s vehicle damage assessors have been flying high with Porsche Club GB this week.

The club’s annual visit to Trent Valley Gliding Club saw members swop their wheels for wings and Lincolnshire branch VDA Niel Harmston went along to join the fun.

Coincidentally his VDA colleague Dave Bieniasz is an avid glider and member of Trent Valley Club and was happy to share his passion with both Niel and Porsche club members.

Commented Niel: “Following the winch launch we reached approximately 1200ft. After release from the winch, Dave demonstrated the flying controls and explained how the glider can stay airborne using lift from thermals. We even took over the controls and flew for a short while!”

Check out Trent Valley Gliding Club at Kirton-in-Lindsey

The Bodyshop Event 2014

The Bodyshop Magazine Annual Awards returned to the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, last week.

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Managing Director, Andrew Walsh was invited to attend the 2014 event with Audatex, the global computerised estimating system provider. And the AW Repair Group was represented further by 6 team members who enjoyed champagne and a 3-course meal.

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The theme of the 2014 Bodyshop Event was Superheroes so, quite aptly, we were supplied with eye masks and venue staff were in full superhero costumes. The after dinner entertainment included a magician and a live band.

 

Last time the bodyshop awards were at the The Celtic Manor Resort was in 2004, where our apprentice Simon Bailey was up for ‘Young Panel Technician of the Year’. Simon is still a member of our AW family and is a highly skilled technician with specialism in repairing Porsche vehicles.

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Congratulations to all winners at this year’s event, we’re already looking forward to 2015!

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AW enjoy race day at the Williams F1 Conference Centre!

AW Repair Group’s management were treated to a rare glimpse into world behind the scenes of Formula 1 as invited guests to the home of Williams Racing, Grove, Oxfordshire to watch the recent Grand Prix.

Lincolnshire branch manager Steve Hoe is a self confessed F1 fanatic and shares his experience with us here….

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of AW Repair Group; James, Ian, Andrew and myself to thank PPG Paint Supplies for the invite and thank Simon Boulter, our area manager for making our ‘money can’t buy’ experience one never to be forgotten.

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When I first arrived at the Williams Conference Centre the first thing I saw was their sculptured hedge – I couldn’t quite believe it, it put my perfectly pruned garden to shame! I then walked into the Centre where I found a suspended F1 car, all I could think was ‘wow!’

 

Throughout the day there were F1 activities to take part in, proudly I did quite well with all of them!

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Firstly was the F1 simulator which is seated in an FW22 which was actually driven in 2000 by Jenson Button + Ralf Schumacher! The simulator is in the trophy room, so you could browse over all of the trophies won and all of the helmets from the drivers.(Ian Pearson, General Manager, Denaby – pictured right)

 

 

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I was chuffed to beat the MD & the other managers on the giant 4 lane scalextric with F1 cars and my winning streak continued with the next two more energetic activities…

 

 

 

 

Batak Challenge

 

The Batak challenge, used to improve reaction, hand-eye coordination and stamina. Eight LED numbered targets are put under the control of a dedicated microcomputer.  The goal is to touch as many of the illuminated lights as possible in a set time, a typical F1 driver gets 70-80 in a minute, I managed 41…still higher than the others!

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Last but not least – The PitStop Challenge, a real-life experience being under pressure of an actual Formula One Pit Stop. We managed it in the end and what a laugh we had.

 

 

We were then escorted in to the conference room where the Williams chief engineer talked about the race, how they formulated their strategy with pitstop times, lane distance, track distance and various other timings. We also had a live link with Felipe Massa who was talking about his predictions of the race – which turned out to be pretty spot on!

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The race was then on, the atmosphere was buzzing, it was like we were track-side! William’s Massa came 3rd in the race, however Lewis Hamilton was the winner, but what a race.

Following the race we enjoyed a three-course meal at the centre. The food was lovely plus we got a little something to take home – a master cylinder valve in a glass cube. Only 1000 were made so we got our limited edition number with it! A great keepsake for an F1 nut like me!

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As we were leaving, I managed to find the wrong door – however it lead me into the collection room displaying all F1 cars through the years. That was really special and something I really enjoyed. I’m certainly glad I took that wrong turn!

 

Click here for a quick look at the Williams Conference Centre.

Steve Hoe
General Manager

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Sleaford Oktoberfest 2014

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Once again AW Repair Group has been proud to sponsor the Sleaford Oktoberfest with 2014 being bigger and better!

The event was held on 19th and 20th September at Boston Road Recreational Ground, Sleaford, where a large marquee and fair ground rides filled the park land.

 

 

With 40 beers and 18 ciders to choose from –  there would certainly have been a few sore heads on Saturday and Sunday! IMG_2245

The Friday night kicked off at 5pm, live music started at 6pm with bands including The Bliss and The Freefall – both very popular with the crowds.

Saturday opened at 11am with family fun including arts and crafts, bouncy castles and a performance from Sleaford Gymnastics Club. This was shortly followed by 1940s style singer, Sarah Jane and the live music continued until the amazing Ultra 90s hit the stage at 10pm!

We’re already looking forward to next year!!

Sleaford Historic Car and Motorcycle Show 2014

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AW Repair Group’s Lincolnshire branch was delighted to again support the annual Sleaford Historic Car and Motorcycle show. We sponsored Class C, which was vehicles dated from 1965 to 1972.

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The 2014 show took place on Saturday 6th September in the Sleaford Council Office car park. Although it was a fresh morning, we got set up early and were able to watch (and hear!) some of the historic cars and motorcycles arrive. The crowds entered and with them bought the sun!

We would like to congratulate all of the winners in their class, however all cars and motorcycles on display were stunning.

The 2014 Historic Car and Motorcycle Show is the 22nd in a line stretching back to the early 1990’s since when the event has variously been called the Vintage Vehicle Rally, the Sleaford Classic Car Show and from 2000 onwards, the Sleaford Historic Car & Motorcycle Show!

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Props + Pistons with Porsche Club GB

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Porsche Carrera cup champion Tim Harvey joined AW Repair Group and Lincolnshire Region Porsche Club members at the annual Props and Pistons event on bank holiday Monday.

 

The event, organised by Bush Tyres, is held at East Kirkby aviation centre and is a fantastic blend of aviation and automobile history & enthusiasts.

 

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Before the weather took a turn for the worse we got our event shelter set up ready for the Spitfire fly-past, which was enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

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‘Just Jane’ the NX611 Lancaster is based at East Kirkby, so it was lovely to see the taxi runs she was doing up and down the runway. “Just Jane” was built by Austin Motors at Longbridge near Birmingham, in April 1945. Given the serial number NX611, she was one of the first 150 B Mk VII Avro Lancasters destined as part of the RAF’s Tiger Force in the Far East. In 1964, the French presented her to the Historical Aircraft Preservation Society and flew her to her new home in Sydney where she was overhauled before being flown back to Britain. It took nine days to complete the 12,000 mile journey back to her homeland- seventy flying hours- landing at Biggin Hill on 13 May, 1965.

There were in excess of 20 cars of members of the Porsche Club who attended with us, arriving early to get their spot on the stand. Luckily on arrival the sun was shining so they were able to detail their cars so they were spotless.

 

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Lincolnshire branch manager, Steve Hoe with IMG_1999Tim Harvey, the 1992 British Touring Car Champion and the 2008 and 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion. Tim Harvey won sixteen races in the British Touring Car Championship between 1987 and 1995, but competed in the series until 2002. He was also the winner of the invitational Guia Race of Macau touring car event, in 1989.

 

Lincolnshire Porsche club members below with Tim Harvey

 

 

 

Below are some of the cars on display from the Porschesday

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