Student wins national motor industry competition

Claire Mcfarlane, a Perth College UHI motor vehicle student from Dunfermline has won an industry ‘bonnet spraying’ competition in Glasgow earlier this month - the only female who made it to the final.

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Claire with her bonnet design

Norman Brunton, lecturer said: “Claire always enjoyed the design work she did in class and had a big input in the class project car last year so was an obvious choice to enter for the competition. We encourage the students to be creative, whilst also developing the essential hand skills needed in the industry.”

Claire, studying for her level 5/6 Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles, added: “All the bonnets were amazing and to be in the top four was a great feeling, especially being the only female!

“I never thought I would have get as far as I have, and to win was an amazing achievement for myself and Perth College UHI. The folk at college are great and I have learned a great deal from them, they have brought out the best of my abilities and given me a great opportunity to learn and qualify in a trade that I will enjoy.”

The competition was run by the Scottish Motor Trade Association in association with the Institute of the Motor Industry. The design brief requested participants’ design should have a distinctively Scottish theme and demonstrate the skills, abilities and techniques gained during training.

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