Martyn Raybould

Martyn Raybould

The Motoring sector adds 5.5 Billion to the UK economy. Apprenticeships are available now!

  • StarterMotor supports young men and women who are interested in careers in motoring, they are also an official SVA working partner
  • The motoring industry contributes £5.5bn to the economy, according to the FBHVC
  • Apprentices at The Classic Car Drive In Weekend at Bicester Heritage (18th-20th September)
Formal training forms the basis of lifelong careers in Car and Classic Car maintenance

During these unusual times, the rate of employment is unfortunately suffering, leaving young adults unsure about which career path to take. The Heritage Skills Academy (based on the site of The Classic Car Drive In Weekend in Bicester) is currently training 80 male and female apprentices to take up jobs within the motoring sector. The industry contributes a whopping £5.5bn to the economy*, and now more than ever, it is crucial to continue to build and champion budding petrol heads to pave their way in the industry and harness new skills for life.

Startermotor is an official partner to the SVA

The Classic Car Drive In Weekend, an innovative new Classic Car event redesigned for these challenging times, has today announced its support and commitment to the industry by appointing StarterMotor as its official charity partner.  The charity provides vehicles to education facilities, apprenticeship schemes and local colleges, to help provide resources for students to learn from, but also to use in competitions events and shows. The young motoring enthusiasts are given an introduction into a career in many different fields from engineering and sales, to event management and auctioneering. Spectacular projects on display over the three-day event will include the fully prepared and restored Austin 10, and a very special Humber Sports rebuild in association with the Coachmakers and Bonhams MPH.

At the event, StarterMotor will be working with the talented apprentices from the Heritage Skills Academy, who will be presenting their StarterMotor projects, and actively encouraging parents and students to look at the Classic industry as a viable and valuable career opportunity. The Classic Car Drive In Weekend is also offering local schools and colleges the opportunity to bring their students to the Classic Car show element of the event free of charge on the first day of the show (18th September) to actively encourage more young people to get involved and get a taste of the industry.

On the partnership, Bas Bungish, Event Director of The Classic Car Drive In Weekend said: “The work that StarterMotor does to nurture new talent and support local young apprentices is outstanding, we are delighted that The Classic Car Drive In Weekend can provide a platform to showcase all the incredible work that the young men and women have put into restoring these classic cars. Our event is a great opportunity for young people, whether they have just left university and they are looking for the next step, or deciding which career path to take, to come along and see what a job in motoring could be like. We would love to see the next generation of young people driving, maintaining and enjoying historic cars as much as we all do!”

The Classic Car Drive In Weekend welcomes buyers, collectors and petrol-heads to the ultimate, covid-compliant, socially-distanced outdoor classic car event and Drive In cinema. The exciting event will be celebrating classic cars in all their glory on display, on track, on sale and on the silver screen. Movie buffs can drive in, park up and choose from a selection of films at the UK’s first Drive In cinema dedicated to all things cars. Films on offer include cult classic The Italian Job, Racing Legends on the big screen Senna and Rush; along with power fueled blockbusters Baby DriverLe Mans 66 and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Visitors to the three-day event will also have the opportunity to see over 500 stunning Classic cars on display from Britain’s leading car clubs, top dealers, a live auction courtesy of Bonhams MPH, classic car parades and track demonstrations, and hundreds of cars available to buy from leading retailers. In addition, The Technical Site at Bicester Heritage will be open with some of its resident specialists on hand to chat to visitors about all things cars – not only that, there will be a host of exhibitors, traders and classic car restorers to make this event unmissable for automotive enthusiasts. 

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