The UK's top three technicians revealed

Steve Smith of Charles Clark Toyota in Wolverhampton, John Tinham of John Tinham Motor Engineer in Chelmsford and Stuart White of Complete Car Maintenance in Surrey have triumphed over nine other technicians in the finals of Top Technician 2010 at the Honda Institute in Slough.

The final three will now attend an awards ceremony held on the Top Technician stand at Workshop 2010, at the NEC in Birmingham next month. The winner will be revealed by industry expert and Daily Telegraph motoring columnist Honest John on stand 4-230 on the last day of the show, Thursday 15th April. The winner of Top Technician will receive a cheque for £2,500 and several attractive prizes. The total prize fund's value will be over £13,000.

Visitors to the Top Technician stand will also get practical repair advice and tips from the industry's top experts during fifteen minute presentations which will run each day of the show. The line-up of speakers includes Aftermarket magazine writers James Dillon, Frank Massey and business expert Neil Pattemore, also ATA's Ian Gillgrass, former Top Technician winner Mark Banks and finalist Stuart White.

Blue Print, Comma, Delphi, Euro Car Parts, Lemforder, Motor Codes (and the editorial team at Aftermarket) will have representatives providing advice and on the stand in addition to providing technical presentations. Also, if you think you could identify pretty much anything on a car then come along and have a go at our quiz, each day someone will win a Creative Zen MP3 player.

Top Technician 2010 is sponsored by Blue Print, Comma Oil & Chemicals, Delphi, Euro Car Parts, Lemforder and Motor Codes. The competition's technical partner is ATA and Dickies is the official supplier of work wear for Top Technician 2010.

The show is free to entry for the general public, but registration is required at: www.workshopshow.co.uk for a ticket and a showguide.

About Top Technician
The annual competition Top Technician was created in 2003 to recognise and reward the best vehicle technicians in the United Kingdom at a time when the national press were highlighting the few bad eggs and tarring all technicians with the same brush.

Top Tech has become a highly respected competition among technicians, the automotive media and increasingly, the general public. Trouble shooting on modern passenger cars is a highly skilled and technical job. The tens of thousands of professional technicians who keep millions of motorists safe on the road do a job they should quite rightly be proud of. We encourage the technicians to enter the competition directly through monthly editorial in leading trade magazine Aftermarket (30,151 ABC controlled circulation) and other trade and consumer titles. We also ask motorists to nominate their local workshop using advertising and editorial opportunities.

The competition enables technicians to compare their knowledge and skills with technicians from across the UK and benchmark their competence against National Occupational Standards measured in the Institute of the Motor Industry's (IMI's) Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme (www.automotivetechnician.org.uk). Chief Judge Ian Gillgrass of the IMI, who created ATA, designs and manages all the assessments within the competition.

Top Technician opens for entries each October and entrants have until early January to complete an online test, consisting of multi-choice and open questions. The highest-scorers are marked by Chief Judge Ian Gillgrass of the IMI to attain who makes the top 24 invited to regional heats. The top 24 are then put through their paces in March with a day packed full of practical assessments, consisting of various tasks a technician is expected to undertake in today's workshop. The top 12 entrants from these heats then attend the finals, which this year took place at the Honda Institute in Slough. The final 3 are invited to an awards ceremony where the Top Technician is announced and rewarded.

The winner of Top Technician receives over £10,000's in prizes, including £2,500 cash, driving experiences, holiday vouchers and garage equipment. Most technicians however, list recognition, personal achievement, the chance to learn more and the title of ‘Top Technician' as their main reasons for entering the competition rather than the prize fund. Last year's winner Richard Perriman has been keeping Hampshire drivers' cars running at Martin Pilley Services in New Milton for the last 27 years. Richard's bosses Peter and Nigel Perry are delighted at the positive impact the Top Technician victory has had on business. "The two partners were both over the moon," said Richard. "It's such a prestigious thing for the business. Even getting into the final three meant I was in the local paper and got cards from our customers. People came into the garage and asked if I'd be working on their cars."

We would like to build upon the awareness we have achieved with Top Technician and make it a familiar benchmark of excellence amongst the motoring public.

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