On Wednesday 13 September, the Great Western Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club was proud to recognise four apprentices for their contribution to the classic car industry. The award ceremony took place at Fiennes Restorations near Lechlade, where the awardees were supported by their employers and families.
Classic car owners know all too well that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find engineers with the capability to service or restore older vehicles. Without the necessary skills and knowledge being passed on to the next generation it will not be possible to restore or maintain classic cars for future generations to enjoy. Apprentices therefore, need to demonstrate exceptional diagnostic and problem-solving skills along with design and fabrication expertise. These skills apply to all classic car makes.
The RREC Great Western Section devised a program to support and encourage such young apprentice engineers.
The program was led by Russ Herbert, supported by Keith Taylor and John Ball, who formed the interview panel. The assessments recognised that the candidates were at different stages in their apprenticeships, with the Premier and Silver Awards being made to individuals who attained craft status in the year under review. In each case the award winners and their employers were furnished with a certificate commending their success.
The prizes were presented by motoring author Malcolm Tucker, a Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Past-Chairman and current Great Western Section President. The winning apprentices chose their own prizes, which were sponsored by the club.
The encouragement award was presented to Lloyd Saunders from Cotswold Classic Cars. He was assessed early in his apprenticeship, but already demonstrated impressive skills with welding and wiring on Aston Martins and Jaguars.
Silver awards were presented to Rebel Errat-Camp and her co-worker Cameron Stinton, both from South Cerney Engineering.
Rebel has impressive academic qualifications including a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering at Bath University and a BTEC level 3 in Engineering and Public Services, with distinction. She is involved in honing and engine rebuilds and has recently been focusing on white-metaling and line-boring.
Cameron has now completed his apprenticeship and specialises in the rebuilding of cylinder heads.
The premier award went to Samuel McClintock of Fiennes Restorations who, after completing his apprenticeship, is now specialising in the production of replacement parts using 3D modelling. After the presentations Sam demonstrated his selected award of a 3D printer, a prize that was part-funded by Fiennes Restorations.