Sheffield Homeless Centre On Road to Success Thanks to Mike Brewer Motors

Sheffield dealership and service centre Mike Brewer Motors helps spread some Christmas cheer by donating over £8,000 to St Wilfrid’s Centre.

The Centre, who have been supporting the homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded of Sheffield for the last 24 years, were delighted with the donation, from Bramall Lane neighbours Mike Brewer Motors. TV presenter Mike Brewer was in America, filming the next season of Wheeler Dealers; so colleague John Tustin was on hand to deliver the cheque.

He said:

“This is the first time we have been able to make such a sizeable donation, and we were keen to donate to a charity that works locally. When we visited, we were amazed at the amount of help they provide to those who need it, and all without any government funding. The fact that they are continuing to look for ways to do more is inspirational. We’re very proud to help – especially at this time of year – a charity that not only provides such great services, but does so from right across the street from our site!”

St Wilfrid's Centre


Kevin Bradley, Director at St Wilfrid’s Centre added:

“It is fantastic to be chosen to receive such a valuable donation, and we are very grateful to Mike Brewer Motors. This money will enable us to improve the services that we offer to vulnerable people in Sheffield.”

Mike Brewer Motors

Rawlinsons Complete Bangers For Ben 2014

Our friends at Rawlinson Automotive Ltd successfully complete the “Bangers For BEN 2014” charity rally!

Directors Jonathan and Sue Rawlinson of Rawlinson Automotive Limited based in Bury St. Edmunds, successfully completed the Bangers For BEN 2014 “Italian Job” charity rally in October!

Organised by Car Dealer Magazine, they, along with 37 other entrants and two AA support vehicles departed from Dover on October 11th headed for Turin. The backdrop for many of the scenes in the film The Italian Job, including those at the old Fiat factory.

This year the motoring-lover’s route included Mulhouse, (site of the Automobile Museum), Stelvio Pass (one of the world’s great driving roads and second highest Alpine pass) before visiting the Fiat factory roof seen in the great British comedy.


Bangers For BEN

All the cars that took part in the rally had to be worth no more than £750, and they were then auctioned on our return to the UK with all the proceeds going directly to BEN. Jonathan and Sue purchased a very fine  1999 French ‘lux-barge’ Renault Safrane, and successfully completed the rally!

Rawlinsons Automotive Ltd Bangers For BEN

“We have covered all our costs so that all the money raised through sponsorship will go directly to BEN.  Whilst I am sure BEN is a charity that you will know, it supports individuals and families who have worked within the industry and who need any sort of help either financial or hands-on either short or long term.” – Jonathan Rawlinson.

We proudly donated £50 to commend their efforts, and they have presently raised around £1,200! The overall “Bangers For BEN 2014” fundraising total generated by all the participants has so far exceed an amazing £36,000!

To make a donation, please use the link below or text with your phone!


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Batting For BEN

During the warm month of October, I ventured to the beautiful grounds of Doddington Hall near Lincoln, to attend a seminar on Cyber Crime.

Hosted by the experienced and ever-knowledgeable SCS Technology Solutions, the seminar was very informative and well organised. It was also quite scary to learn about the vast numbers of coding bugs and evil scripts presently wriggling through web!

At the end of the seminar, as a reward for completing our visitor surveys, a few prizes were awarded at random to those who attended. I somehow managed to win a new cricket bat, signed by cricketing legend Alec Stewart! Now my knowledge of cricket isn’t as good as some, but I knew of Alec Stewart and was very chuffed to have won!

Whilst networking afterwards, I began chatting to a very nice lady called Wendy who works for Lincolnshire based Fox (Owmby) Limited. With me standing there holding a cricket bat, it became a very central topic of conversation, and it turned out that Wendy’s husband was a big cricket fan and part of a local cricket club!

I decided to offer the cricket bat to Wendy as a gift to her husband. She was very happy with this idea, and said the signed bat would be well received by his cricket club. She kindly offered to make a £50 donation to a charity of my choosing for the prize, and being in the motor trade, I naturally thought BEN would be the obvious choice!

Wendy Bean, Fox (Owmby) Limited

“I am sure my husband will appreciate this present very much, so thank you.  Alec Stewart was born the same year as my husband and he would have followed Alec’s career.  Alec was captain of the England cricket team at one point and he is the most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches.”

From cyber crime to cricket bats, it was a very interesting morning, and a pleasure to meet Wendy from Fox (Owmby) Limited.

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Rising Sales Of Alternatively Fuelled Cars In 2014

Figures from the SMMT reveal a strong rise in “eco friendly” alternatively fuelled cars in the UK throughout 2014.

Whether you like, dislike, or simply shy away from alternatively fuelled cars, they are selling like hot cakes. 2014 has seen a boom in sales with a rise of over 50% over the previous year. Registrations by October 2014 have already passed the 12,000 unit total of 2013.

“Petrol-electric hybrid cars have long been the most popular choice for AFV buyers, but other variants are gaining in popularity. Registrations of pure electric cars have more than doubled over last year, while those of plug-in hybrid and range-extended models look set to quadruple by the end of 2014.”

The SMMT advise the key to this surge in sales of alternatively fuelled cars, is a constantly increasing range of vehicle models available. In 2011 buyers were restricted to just six plug-in models, however now there are 20 to choose from including coupés and SUVs.

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October 2014 New Car Sales Surge

Surge in sales during October and November 2014 pushes new car registrations past the two million mark.

Figures by the SMMT reveal October 2014 has seen a surge in new car sales with 179,714 units sold, and 172,327 sold in November. This has pushed the new car sales for the year beyond the two million mark! The last time we hit this milestone was back in 2007, just before the downturn where over 2.4 million new cars were sold.

What is more impressive, is that this 14.2% surge in new car sales in October and 8.0% in November, mean this is the 33rd consecutive month of growth.

This month and indeed this year has also seen an enthusiastic demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles, with the market up more than 50% in both month and year-to-date.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said,

“The October new car market outperformed expectations, with registrations showing the strongest growth in a month since March’s 18% rise. With economic confidence still rising, customers continue to benefit from attractive financial packages on exciting new models.”

“We still expect the overall market to level off as we head towards 2015, but the exception to that rule will be alternatively-fuelled vehicles, demand for which will continue to accelerate.”


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Driving Licence Changes

Say goodbye to the old Paper Counterpart Driving Licence as changes take effect in 2015.

If you’re like me, then chances are you know where your photocard driving licence is. Maybe it’s in your purse, or your wallet? Maybe it’s in the kitchen drawer next to the random pens and supermarket carrier bags that someone insists on collecting?! We seem to know where that important little card is!

Now. Where is your paper counterpart driving licence?

You know, that official looking “greeny” document you received in the post with your shiny new photocard licence? Perhaps you put it in that big unorganised folder with the car receipts and paperwork? Well fear not my fellow drivers! Soon you will no longer need to dig out that paper counterpart driving licence!

“As of 2015 the DVLA will no longer be issuing paper counterpart driving licences. Meaning all those who currently have one, including myself, can dispose of them going forward.”

From 1st January 2015 you can safely destroy your paper counterpart driving licence (if you can find it of course), and just continue with your photocard licence.


What this means for you

  • You do not need to take any action, just keep your current photocard driving licence.
  • If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won’t affect you, and you should keep your licence.
  • The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
  • Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving licence will not change.
  • When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart of the driving licence, those drivers who already have a counterpart may destroy it.
  • You can change your address details online.

For further information, please visit the website.




Most Stolen Cars Revealed

BMW X5 tops the pile as Tracker publishes a list of the UK’s most stolen cars.

Vehicle recovery experts Tracker have identified the leading six “most stolen cars” fitted with its devices during 2013 in the UK. Sitting in pole position as the most stolen car fitted with a tracker is the BMW X5. This is followed closely by Mercedes C-Class, and the Audi S4.

Sitting in 4th place is the Land Rover Defender, followed by the Porsche 911, and the Range Rover Sport to complete the top 6.

Adrian Davenport, police liaison officer for Tracker, said: “It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £90,000.”

“The average value of the cars we recovered in 2013 was just £23,600, down on the year before. This proves that you don’t have to be a luxury car owner to be at risk from thieves looking to make a quick profit.”


Stolen Prestige Cars Bound For Overseas

In similar news, The Telegraph recently reported a large number of luxury cars destined to be smuggled overseas, has been recovered by National Crime Agency (NCA), the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, and the UK Border Force.

The authorities targeted shipping containers and trucks at ports in Hull, Immingham, Grangemouth, London Gateway, Felixstowe, Tilbury and Southampton.

A total of 44 vehicles including models from BMW, Range Rover, Audi, and Porsche were seized and recovered. Also included in the hoard were some high-value commercial vehicles such as Scania trucks, and a Komatsu excavator machine.

The total value of the vehicles seized has been placed at more than £1.2 million.


What are the top 10 most stolen cars?

The figures and news above refer to the prestige and luxury vehicles currently on UK roads, but what about more mainstream vehicles? What are “the most stolen cars” in the UK overall?

Even though vehicle theft is in decline in the UK, there are still around 100,000 cars stolen every year according to the website Honest John. With most vehicles boasting advanced security systems, it is nearly impossible for thieves to take a car by brute force. Therefore, “theft of keys” is now the most common way to steal a car. Only around half of all the cars stolen in the UK are ever recovered.

According to Honest John, here are the top ten most stolen cars in the UK during 2013:

  1. Vauxhall Astra
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Volkswagen Golf
  4. Vauxhall Corsa
  5. BMW 3 Series
  6. Ford Focus
  7. Ford Mondeo
  8. Honda Civic
  9. BMW X5
  10. Land Rover Defender


Most Stolen Cars Article Sources
Honest John
Car Buyer
The Telegraph