Scan & Win - Farécla G Plus Polishing Machine Giveaway at Stand K56
Coming to Advanced Engineering?
Be sure to visit Stand K56 - see the exhibits, learn about Farécla polishing and meet the team.
One lucky person at the end of the show will win a Farécla G Plus Polishing Machine and a set of compounds suitable for the job at hand - entry is simple - all you need to do is scan your badge at the front of the stand.
The winner will be drawn at random and contacted at the end of the show.
FareclaBPC 2019 | Award Ceremony 30.10.19
Farécla are pleased to announce that on Wed 30.10.19 @ 12:30pm there will be an award ceremony for the Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition winner – Poppy Merrin-Gregory (22) of Bedford College VTC at Stand K56
was declared the winner live on Farécla’s facebook on October 2nd by PPG’s UK Technical Manager and Chairman of Judges Chris Pennell (joined by Premier Bodywork’s Matthew Baldry – Gold Medalist in the IMI World Skills UK Nationals 2018, Automotive Refinishing and Tom French – Brand Manager & Graphic Designer at Farécla).
The competition judges will be presenting Poppy with a cheque for £1000, a Farécla polishing machine and a complete set of Farécla polishes including the NEW Farécla G360 Super Fast System on Stand K56 at 12:30 on Wed 30.10.19
FareclaBPC 2019 | ...and the Winner is!
With great excitement today (Wednesday 2 October) at 12:30pm PPG’s UK Technical Manager and Chairman of Judges for the 2019 Farécla Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition, Chris Pennell, revealed the winning bonnet by Poppy Merrin-Gregory from Bedford College VTC.
Poppy is sponsored by Anthony Scott, Head of Motor Vehicle.
The unveiling was made live on Farécla’s Facebook page and is available for catch-up.
Premier Bodywork’s Matthew Baldry – Gold Medalist in the IMI World Skills UK Nationals 2018, Automotive Refinishing – revealed the runner up: Alex Campbell from Dick Lovett, Bristol (sponsored by Tom Appleford, Painter Trainer).
All Grand Finalists have won a cash prize and the NEW Farécla G360 Super Fast System with Alex winning £500 and Poppy winning £1,000 plus a Farécla G Plus Polishing Machine.
The winning bonnet will be on display at the Farécla stand at Advanced Engineering 2019 (K56), Birmingham NEC on 30th October.
Farécla closed its broadcast by thanking everyone who took part and for all their hard work and effort – all involved salute their commitment to improving their knowledge and skills and wish them a bright future in the industry.
Congratulations also to the finalists:
Lewis Foreman from Alpha Rapid Repair, Kent
Vlad Iliev from Barnfield College, Luton
Ben Witford from Apollo Motor Group, Portsmouth
Picture: (L-R) Grand Prize winning bonnet by Poppy Merrin-Gregory from Bedford College VTC next to judges Matthew Baldry, Chris Pennell and Tom French next to the runner up bonnet by Alex Campbell from Dick Lovett, Bristol.
FareclaBPC 2019 | Meet the Judges
This year’s judges are:
Chris himself began his career as a 16 year old apprentice in a bodyshop and worked as a multi-skilled technician before progressing to Paint shop manager in charge of 6 refinishers. He then moved to PPG working in the quality department linked to manufacturing and product development, and after one year moved into refinishing sales in the training department, where after 15 months, he was promoted to UK and Ireland Training Manager. In 2015 he was promoted to PPG Technical Manager.
“There are three mains areas I will be looking for regarding the entries,” said Chris. “Firstly, planning and preparation. What inspired the design and what background work went into the preparation? Secondly, flair and design, the look and feel of the bonnet, the artistic content, use of colour and creativity, and thirdly, the technical execution, detail of the design, overall finish and effect.”
Matthew is a talented painter who won a Gold medal in the national IMI Skill Auto competition last year for Refinishing. His car bonnet in the finals, a tribute to WW1 soldiers, was amazing and now hangs pride of place in the Royal Engineers Museum at Chatham Barracks.
As well as a love of cars, Matthew has managed to combine his love of painting in his career. Both his father and grandfather specialised in the bodyshop industry as a panel beater and painter.
"Prior to joining the trade I did Fine Art at college, so as well as technical application I will be also judging on people’s interpretation of the brief and imagination in their design. Custom work is all about precision.”
Tom French, Graphic Design and Brand Manager for Farécla. “I am looking forward to the talent that will be displayed in the Grand Final,” said Tom. “Based on last year’s entrants, I’m always impressed by the quality of work; the five finalists selected for the Grand Final are to be congratulated on getting this far in the competition.”
FareclaBPC 2019 | Grand Finalist - Ben Witford
Ben Witford, at 17, is the youngest of all the finalists, but his talent for car painting is already shining through at Apollo in Portsmouth.
Ben joined the bodyshop industry after being encouraged by his school to attend an Open Day that the Apollo Motor Group, had organised. “I like painting and my school said that Apollo were looking for apprentices,” said Ben. “I went to the Open Day and really enjoyed it, so I applied for an apprenticeship with Apollo, and it went from there.”
Ben is in his first year of apprenticeship and is really enjoying the trade and says how supportive his employer is. His love of motorbikes was the inspiration for his car bonnet design in the competition. “It’s a vintage motor bike, and rather than just put the Farécla logo on, I thought I would make their G3 polish, the petrol tank.”
It took Ben about two weeks to do, and unfortunately, once completed when he took it into work it got scratched so he had to spend more time to do an invisible repair, which again shows his skill.
When asked what he would do with the £1,000 first prize money if he were to win, Ben said: “I’d put money towards a new car or motorbike and probably take my missus shopping – I like to keep her happy!”
FareclaBPC 2019 | Grand Finalist - Vlad Iliev
Vlad is 19 years old and a level 2 paint technician apprentice at Barnfield College, Luton.
“I got into car painting after deciding to follow my dream which is to restore cars,” said Vlad. “I transferred myself from a mechanical course to body and paint. I had learned a lot about the mechanical side of cars from my Saturday job as a mechanic at a local garage. I’ve been doing car refinishing for 2 years now and I am truly enjoying it.”
Vlad said that he got the inspiration for his car bonnet design in the competition from his girlfriend’s cat, which “everybody loves”. “Having decided on incorporating a cat into the design, I did a couple of designs to try to show the secrecy of the cat. My intention was to show the mystery of cats and their character.”
“If I win first prize I am going to invest the money in materials and a spray gun for my future projects and designs and really learn how to use different types of special effect paint and pinstriping. I really enjoyed the process of designing the car bonnet and the satisfaction it gave me.”
FareclaBPC 2019 | Grand Finalist - Alex Campbell
Alex was a contestant in the Farécla competition last year and won the prize for best multi-media submission, which consisted of over 30 videos and several photos showcasing the making of his bonnet. “I enjoyed the competition last year, so this year I thought I would have another go,” said Alex. He is 20 years old and in the third year of his apprenticeship. His father is also a car refinisher, so Alex knew a bit about the industry before joining it.
Alex spent a lot of time thinking about the execution of his design. “I thought I would look a bit more into the company so I included the United Kingdom flag because they are a UK company, but replaced red, white and blue with the Farécla colours and included a spraygun spraying out the logo,” said Alex.
“If I won the top prize I don’t know, I haven’t really thought about that, but I would definitely buy my mentor and manager a drink.”
FareclaBPC 2019 | Grand Finalist - Lewis Foreman
Lewis is a painter at Alpha Rapid Repair in Kent who was encouraged to enter the Farécla competition by his tutor at the Remit college he attends. Lewis will complete Level 2 of his apprenticeship at the end of October.
“I was so happy when I was told I was a finalist, I couldn’t believe it,” said Lewis. “My company is really delighted for me to get through to the final five. For my design I chose the spraygun because I wanted it to represent the competition itself and it was a way of featuring Farécla corporate colours as well.”
Lewis says he really likes the industry and if he wins the £1,000 first prize he is going to buy himself a new spraygun.
FareclaBPC 2019 | Grand Finalist - Poppy Merrin-Gregory
Poppy is one of five finalists in the Farécla Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting competition. She is 22 years old and has been at Bedford College for two years.
“I originally applied to be a mechanic because that is what I thought I wanted to do and they said we don’t have any spaces for a mechanic but we have a place in the bodyshop if you are willing to try it,” said Poppy. “I am so glad I did because I actually prefer it to being a mechanic. It is a much more satisfying job.”
Poppy took her inspiration for her intricate design from the fact that Farécla HQ is based in Ware and she knew that the crest for Hertfordshire is a deer. “I wanted to incorporate different skills within the bonnet as one so I had the marbling and fine-lining and the airbrush skills.”
Asked what she would do with the money if she won first prize, she said that first of all she would buy each of her mentors a bottle of Jack Daniels and take her parents out for a meal because they have been very supportive.
“And the rest of the prize money… I need to spend money on my car,” she said.