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Top Technician of 2007

Norwich mechanic Clive Atthowe has been named the UK’s best mechanic after winning the Top Technician 2007 competition.

Atthowe took first prize in the nationwide contest during an awards ceremony at the GEA/Aftermarket Technical Workshop conference on June 11 at the Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Atthowe runs the Clive Atthowe Tuning garage in Norwich and was joined on the winner’s podium by joint runners-up Elliot Waters and David Wagstaff.

He was awarded a tax free prize fund of £2,000 and a range of prizes from sponsors Bosch and Vauxhall Trade Club.

Finalists in the competition had to complete a series of question papers and practical assessments set by independent judge, Ian Gillgrass, training development manager of the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Atthowe achieved the highest score in the competition’s live finals, held as part of the Automotive Trade Show at the NEC in Birmingham, where he competed against 12 of the country’s best technicians in a series of practical tests.

“The competition encourages people to make sure they’re up-to-date with their skills and knowledge. I’ve always had good training.

“I can’t see how, as a garage, you can have a good future unless you put time into training,” said Atthowe.

(Left to right): Elliot Waters, Clive Atthowe and David Wagstaff

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