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