NEWS: 25/04/2019 - Citroen C1 Cup in association with the SMTA   |   24/04/2019 - Douglas Robertson Obituary   |   04/04/2019 - Auto Skills Scotland Competition Winners   |   28/03/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced   |   26/03/2019 - MOT Seminars record attendance for 2019!   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 11/06/2019 - The Garage Inspector - Financial understanding for the garage business   |   07/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2019   |   


Citroen C1 Cup in association with the SMTA
25 Apr 2019

The opening round of the Scottish Motor Racing Championships saw the inaugural races of the new Citroen C1 Cup take place on Sunday 7 April at Knockhill. Despite some rather challenging weather conditions, there was some fantastic action with over 100 cars entered in total and 10 different race winners across the 16 races.

There were 11 cars on the grid and 9 of these were driven by complete newcomers to car racing, which is exactly what the championship was intended to do. The entrants included two College car teams, with Edinburgh College fielding a car for Tom Denham and West College Scotland fielding a car for Glenn Alcock.  Newcomers Ryan Smith and Finlay Brunton monopolised the top two steps of the podium in both races, taking a win and 2nd place finish each. The 2 races were competitive with both races seeing groups of 3 to 4 cars scrapping away throughout the race. Third in race 1 was Steven Morrison, and in race 2 it was Ross Dunn.

It looks like we could be welcoming more of these little cars to the grid for round 2, in May! 

Douglas Robertson Obituary
24 Apr 2019

Douglas Robertson former Chief Executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association died on the 16th of April at St John’s Hospital in Livingston surrounded by his family.

Douglas joined the SMTA in 1997 as Finance Director and became Chief Executive of the Association in 1999 until his retirement from that role in 2015 and at his time of death Douglas was a Director on the SMTA Board.  Douglas played a pivotal part in the development of the SMTA in his 16 years as Chief Executive and during his time in charge of the organisation he worked with seven Presidents.  His challenge was to match the ambitions of each President with the ability of the business to meet the expectations of the membership whilst maintaining a sustainable working relationship with governments in Westminster and Holyrood, ensuring sustainability for the future was by no means an easy task!

The current SMTA President, Graham Greenwood commented “Douglas always brought his own style of guidance and commentary to the daily operation of the Association and we are most grateful for his years of service at SMTA.  The thoughts of all those associated with the SMTA are with his wife Susan and family at this very difficult time”.

Auto Skills Scotland Competition Winners
04 Apr 2019

The 2019 Auto Skills Scotland competition, sponsored by SMTA, took place recently with apprentices and students from across the country taking part in the live practical events in Automotive Technology at GTG Training in Glasgow and Body Repair New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus.

After a keenly fought contest where the competitors demonstrated their skills and knowledge in a variety of repair processes, the worthy winners emerged.

Harry Chaundy from Arnold Clark took top place in Automotive Technology and Sam Meheux, also from Arnold Clark won the Body Repair competition. Harry and Sam will now progress to the WorldSkills UK National competition run by the IMI under the Skill Auto banner.

SMTA Annual Dinner - Guest Speaker Announced
28 Mar 2019

We are delighted to advise that our guest speaker at our Annual Dinner is Bonita Norris!

Bonita is an inspirational guest speaker and is the world’s youngest person to climb Everest and she’s also the youngest person to reach the North Pole!  Bonita will inspire and captivate you at our event as she tells us her stories of her adventures!

Visit our events page to find out more about our Annual Dinner and how to book your ticket!


MOT Seminars record attendance for 2019!
26 Mar 2019

SMTA members attended in record numbers to our five MOT seminars across the country in March.  Just over 700 people attended our seminars this year in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. We would like to thank Dingbro and Yuasa Batteries for their support.

2018 C.A.R Star Awards

The SMTA Annual Dinner and C.A.R. Star Awards event turned out to be yet another fantastic evening! Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other like-minded folk from the Scottish motor trade but it’s also where they celebrated the amazing work their members do for their local community and charities close to their hearts.

We had ten category winners, including our ‘Buttons 4 Ben’ design competition winner and the very first ever Auto Skills Scotland winner! The winners are all shown below.

The Garage (Whitburn) Ltd

Adam Purves Mitsubishi

Allied Vehicles Group

Dicksons of Inverness

John Clark Motor Group

Special Recognition Award

Gerry Facenna

Winner of the first Auto Skills Scotland event

Stuart Cochrane

Design competition winner

New College Lanarkshire


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