Farécla Bonnet Painting Competition (2019) - Poppy Awarded at Advanced Engineering 2019

Poppy Merrin-Gregory in front of her winning bonnet design

Award Ceremony

Poppy Merrin-Gregory (22) from Bedford College Vehicle Technical Centre and Winner of the 2019 Farécla Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition was presented her prize by Matthew Baldry (Gold Medalist in the IMI World Skills UK Nationals 2018, Automotive Refinishing) on the Farécla stand at the Advanced Engineering Show 2019 (Stand K56).

Farécla hosted an award ceremony on Wednesday 30 October at 12:30pm to present Poppy with a cheque for £1000, a Farécla G Plus Polishing Machine and the complete G360 Super Fast System in front of show attendees, press and her mentors and family.

Poppy's bonnet was on display throughout the two-day show at the highlight of a series of exhibits that had been polished with Farécla compounds.

Also on display in the feature area was Elliot Campbell's MINI bonnet - winner of the 1st Apprentice and Student Bonnet Painting Competition in 2018.

Matthew Baldry awarding Poppy Merrin-Gregory a cheque for £1000 in front of her winning bonnet design
Poppy Merrin-Gregory and her mentors in front of her winning bonnet design

Closing Comments

David-John Cousins (Sales & Marketing Content Coordinator for Farécla) commented:

"This concludes our second bonnet painting competition and once again, everyone involved has been stunned by the hard work and quality of finish these young apprentices and students have achieved.

"Poppy's bonnet has captured the attention of attendees throughout the show as the centrepiece of our stand, showcasing many techniques so well executed that many were shocked to discover it was done by a student!

"We cannot thank everyone who took part throughout the course of the competition enough for their participation – we hope to continue our efforts to support the budding talent in our industry and hope to produce re-cap content to celebrate the efforts of our entrants in this years contest."