Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition (2018)

Bonnet Painting Competition (2018)

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Why a Bonnet Painting Competition?

With apprenticeships and young talent higher up the agenda nationally and specifically within bodyshops and the automotive industry – Farécla launched the Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition in March 2018 to celebrate and reward the excellence that exists within our industry’s current crop of young painters and increase awareness of the automotive refinish sector to the prospective next generation in a fun, engaging manner.

Having seen painted bonnets on display when Farécla visited technical colleges – bonnet painting seemed like a natural fit!

Download “2018 Farécla Bonnet Painting Competition Re-Cap” PDF



Formally launched during National Apprenticeship Week; the entry form and competition rules were uploaded to the Farécla website.

With a £1000 Grand Prize for the bonnet that best captured the brand look of Farécla (black with a hint of yellow) word soon spread with bodyshops and colleges registering to take part!

To assist entrants with the creation of their bonnet, Farécla sent a free product pack containing Farécla polishes, applicators and flexible paint cups to each bodyshop/college taking part. Entry packs were prepared throughout April and dispatched shortly thereafter.

The full judging panel for the Grand Final (due to take place in October) was announced throughout May.

Farécla exhibited with an example bonnet at the Body Repair Industry Apprentice Awards (BRIAA) in Coventry in June 2018.

Deadline for Entry Forms: 6th July 2018
Deadline for Bonnet Photo (+ Video) Submission: 1st August 2018



The Semi-Final

Having shortlisted the submitted bonnets in August 2018 – the Farécla website displayed the 10 Semi-Finalists to the public for the first time within the competition with the option to vote for your favourite – over 1600 votes were registered in the first 24 hours!

The five Grand Finalists were announced in mid-September.


The Grand Final

The Final Five bonnets were brought to Farécla HQ where they were examined by:

George Sneddon (AkzoNobel) – Global OEM Technical Program Manager
Daryl Head (Nationwide CRC) – World Skills Silver Medalist (Abu Dhabi 2017)
Tom French (Farécla) – Graphic Design & Brand Manager

The result was broadcast live on Farécla’s Facebook page on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 and has since been viewed by over 3,700 people! An enhanced re-cap version of the livestream can be viewed on YouTube


The Results

2018 Winner:  Elliot Campbell (The Figaro Shop, Didcot)
2018 Runner-Up: Agnieszka Szenfeld (Motofix, High Wycombe)
2018 Grand Finalists: Kieran Purton (The Colchester Institute), Rhiannon Murfin (Motofix, Exeter), Charlie Clark (Apollo Motor Group, Dover)
Best Multimedia Submission: Alex Campbell (Dick Lovett, Cribbs Causeway)


The Award Ceremony

The Bonnet Painting Competition Winner, Elliot Campbell (The Figaro Shop, Didcot), was invited with his sponsor and his father to the Farécla stand at the Advanced Engineering show at the Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 31st October 2018 to receive his prize of £1000, a polishing machine and the NEW G360 Super Fast System.

Elliot’s bonnet was on display throughout the show as the centrepiece of the Farécla stand and garnered a lot of attention.


2019 Competition


Following the success of the 2018 competition – Farécla are pleased to confirm the search is on to find the most talented UK-based apprentice and/or student painter with the return of the Farécla Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition 2019 (#FareclaBPC)




Farécla would like to thank the participants and everyone who was involved in the Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition 2018.

It would not have been a success without you!

The skills and hard work displayed by all our entrants across bodyshops and colleges was phenomenal and has showcased the young talent within the automotive refinish industry.

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