Car repair students at Newcastle College have done themselves proud after raising over £3000 by restoring a classic car in aid of charity.
After months of hard work, the 1960s Rover 100 was sent to auction, where it raised £3150 for BEN – the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund.
Tutor Rod Reed, who lectures in accident repair, devised the challenge earlier this year after a representative from BEN visited Newcastle College’s Automotive Centre to explain the important role the charity plays when workers from the industry are suffering hardship.
Level 2 students studying the Diploma in Vehicle Accident Body Repair Principles restored the bodywork and kept a photo diary of the work carried out, including everything from sanding off the paintwork, welding broken parts, administering filler and repainting it.
Rod said: “It has been a great project for the students because it has covered the curriculum of the course and they have been fully engaged 100 percent of the time. It’s been a huge learning curve for them.
“The students have been able to put all of the theory they have learned into practice and have really enjoyed bringing this old car back to life. It’s a beautiful vehicle now. I’m very proud of what they have achieved.”
Student Bethany Pattie, 18, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has now moved on to the Level 3 course.
She said: “We were all excited about the project because we had never done anything like it before, and we really wanted to raise money for BEN.
“Working on a car of this age, we did have challenges along the way, but it gave us knowledge of how cars were built in different eras and how to solve a range of problems.
“We have had a mind-blowing experience. I think we have all learned a lot about ourselves, as well as each other. Seeing the Rover in its glory, all gleaming and shiny, is a wonderful feeling.”
During the auction the students were mentioned and applauded for their efforts.