The MG Midget donated to Reaseheath Motor Vehicle department

Students to benefit from classic car donation

The MG Midget donated to Reaseheath Motor Vehicle department

The MG Midget donated to Reaseheath Motor Vehicle department

The motor vehicle department have recently been given a lovely 1973 MG Midget, very kindly donated by James and Carol Elliot from Sandbach.

Currently sitting in the motor vehicle workshop, the MG Midget is both full of history and character.

James and Carol Elliot ready to deliver the car to Reaseheath

James and Carol Elliot ready to deliver the car to Reaseheath

The two-seater sports car will be used as a teaching resource for students on our IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) motor vehicle courses. The MG has been dry stored in the James and Carol’s garage for the last 20 years, having previously been re-shelled by them. This car is a great example of how technology has advanced in the last 42 years.

Understandably the couple were sad to see the vehicle go, as it has been part of the family for over 30 years, but are pleased that it’s being put to good use at college.

The vehicle was donated along with a large collection of spare parts, many of which some of the students had never seen before. The little MG Midget has caused quite a stir amongst the students and staff. Everyone is excited to start work on restoring and renovating this great little vehicle.

It will certainly take pride of place in the workshop and be a valuable asset to the college  for many years to come.

Students welcome the MG Midget to Reaseheath motor vehicle workshops

Students welcome the MG Midget to Reaseheath motor vehicle workshops

Heather Silcock, Louis  Smith, Mike Wright,  Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster

Pupils provide drivers with equality of opportunity

Motor vehicle students and key Stage 4 pupils on our motor vehicle schools programme have an exciting chance to help build off road buggies for disabled drivers, thanks to new partnership with charity ‘Speed of Sight’ and kit-car manufacturers Blitzworld.

‘Speed of Sight’ was founded  by Mike Newman, the fastest blind man on the planet on land and water. It gives those who are blind, partially sighted or have other disabilities the chance to experience the thrill of driving at speed. The charity runs popular track days using specially adapted race cars and is now launching off-road experiences. One of their first venues will be Reaseheath’s own off-road track.

The buggies have dual controls, twin steering wheels and hand controls, and several will be built by pupils in our workshops.

Mike Newman, who made a promotional video of the off-road experience at Reaseheath, explained: “Our aim is to allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of motorsports. We are committed to the promotion of opportunity for all and like to focus on what people CAN do, rather than what they can’t do.

“We find that encouraging people with disabilities to take part in sporting or physical activities helps with their self-esteem, social interaction and physical and mental wellbeing. We are delighted with our new partnership with Reaseheath.”

Most recently our Level 2 motor vehicle students have been refurbishing one of Speed of Sight’s kit-cars, successfully solving a running problem with the engine.

Heather Silcock, Louis  Smith, Mike Wright,  Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster

Level 2 motor vehicle students Heather Silcock, Louis Smith, Mike Wright, Clayton Yates, Brendan Stocker joined by Speed of Sight founder Mike Newman and Clarence Wynter-Forster

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High octane action for motor vehicle students

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When the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) announced that they were giving away tickets to Santa Pod Raceway for the National Hot Rod Finals, the Motor Vehicle Team decided that they would organise a trip for the students to attend the world of Top Fuel Dragster racing.

Students from Level 1,2 and 3 IMI Motor Vehicle courses attended the day trip to see cars and motorbikes competing head to head along the ¼ mile long strip. Nearly all of the top fuel cars were completing the course in under 6 seconds, reaching straight line speeds of over 230mph!

The staff took ear plugs for the students as the noise from the engines was deafening. You could feel the ground shaking beneath you as the cars and bikes accelerated from 0-100mph in under two seconds. Students were treated to a pit lane walk and were able to spend the day looking around the vehicles  that were competing and later watched some real high octane race action.

For many students, this was their first experience of Santa Pod and this type of racing. They all came away with some great memories of their first visit to Santa Pod!

Reaseheath Motor Vehicle Team

 

 

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Champion experience for motor vehicle students

IMI Level 2 Motor Vehicle students recently had the opportunity to attend the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Oulton Park.

Held on Saturday June 6, students were invited  to the event as guests of Honda UK and SnapOn Tools, forming part of their ‘Excellence in Education’ programme.

The full experience of corporate hospitality was laid on for both staff and students. One of the highlights of the day was a garage tour, where students we were all kitted up with pit radios and listened to the drivers live as they went into the qualifying round of the competition.

BTCC drivers joined by motor vehicle students

BTCC drivers joined by motor vehicle students

Students had front row seats watching cars whizz into the pits to swap over to hot tyres and had the chance to chat with the pit crew who gave them an insight into their roles whilst the cars were pushed to the limit out on track. It was an immersive experience and a great look at motorsport careers for the students.

Students at the British Touring Car Championship

Students enjoying the day at the British Touring Car Championship

After the qualifying round the students were taken back to the hospitality marquee where they were treated to a full debrief by the team principal took time to talk to the students about how the team started their careers in motorsport. This was followed by a meet and greet with the drivers, Matt Neal and Gordan (Flash) Sheddon. Both drivers were really friendly and more than happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

The students really enjoyed the day and now have a better understanding of how being multi-skilled, talented, and hard-working is key to securing a career at the top-end of motorsport.

Thanks to Honda and SnapOn for such a great day out.

Automotive Team