MotorMartin has long been of the opinion that those people working in the car industry must have a healthy enthusiasm for their products and motoring in general. After all, it’s the passion of these people that should be finding itself in the DNA of every car that they have designed. Fortunately for the revitalised MG brand, the folk down at Longbridge have this very problem with their own staff.
“Their love of the job doesn’t just stop at the end of the day.”
Mg Motor UK have shared with MotorMartin the following, staff from MG’s Technical Centre, SMTC, which is based at the company’s Longbridge site in Birmingham, recently hosted a vehicle showcase event to profile the team’s engineering expertise and show off their ‘pet projects’, all in aid of charity and having a good time!
From classic cars and hot rods to a variety of motorbikes, the Vehicles of Interest Day saw a number of projects displayed – each lovingly customised and restored by staff at the SMTC in their spare time. Each owner completed an overview fact sheet to share key details about their beloved vehicle, as well as explaining engineering modifications and performance upgrades.
Following the showcase, vehicles were taken to the Curborough Sprint Course in Lichfield for an ‘out-of-hours’ race club. As well as taking their own projects around the course, a number of race-prepared MG3 and MG6 models were also made available for staff to drive.
Throughout the event, a collection was taken for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to the hearts of many staff members at the SMTC. The funds raised will be presented to the charity later this year, alongside proceeds from a number of other events planned over the coming months.
Richard McAlister, Vice Director – Electrical at the SMTC, commented to MotorMartin that: “Every year, we organise a number of teambuilding events to bring staff closer together and develop a strong working culture.”
“As highly trained engineers, a number of our team build, refurbish and modify vehicles in their spare time – their love of the job doesn’t just stop at the end of the day! The Vehicles of Interest day was, therefore, a great teambuilding initiative and feedback following the event has been excellent.”
As an integral part of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited – the parent company of MG Motor – SMTC is responsible for key phases of the engineering, research, design and development programmes for all new MG products worldwide.
Another string then to be added to MG Motor UK’s bow. Congratulations on having such passionate staff working at engineering, research, design and development programmes for forthcoming all new MG models.
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