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6 April 2003

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6 April 2003




                Europcar gets Volkswagen technicians
                to take their first steps in motor racing

Europcar is supporting a new initiative to take Volkswagen technicians out of
their workshops and give them the chance to work alongside fellow professionals
in motor sport. The scheme went ‘live’ last weekend (5/6 April) at the
Rockingham Motor Speedway where four qualified mechanics were recruited to
work on Volkswagen Racing UK’s cars in the first two rounds of the Volkswagen
Racing Cup competition.


Europcar was strongly represented at the two-day meeting, with Volkswagen
Racing’s competition Beetle RSi resplendent in the company’s corporate livery.
More than that, taking the wheel to compete in the double-header event was
Europcar Fleet Director Michael McInerney.


Europcar is sponsoring two technicians to work alongside the race team on the
Europcar Beetle at each of the season’s six meetings. The first pair to enjoy the
experience were Gareth Stephenson, from Lincoln Volkswagen, and David Mott,
from Heron Newark.


“It’s a great experience to see what the job is like for real,” said Gareth, 23, who
completed his Volkswagen apprenticeship two years ago. “I’ve always had an
interest in motor sport and after this weekend I’d certainly like to do more if I had
the chance.”


A different team of technicians will be recruited for each meeting, drawn from
Volkswagen dealerships within the region local to the circuit. By the end of the
season, more than 12 will have had the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the
pit lane and paddock and make a real contribution to the success of the
Volkswagen Racing team. At the end of the year a prize will also be awarded to
the technician who has shown the greatest promise.


The motor sport initiative is an industry ‘first’. All of the 400 Volkswagen’s
qualified technicians were directly contacted by mail with details of the scheme.
Volkswagen Racing and Europcar believe the scheme will do much to encourage
men and women to develop their technical skills and demonstrate to young
people considering their career options the kind of opportunities the motoring
industry can offer.


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Notes to Editors: -

Europcar, the car rental company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen
A.G., the largest car manufacturer in Europe and number three worldwide with its
Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.
With 2685 world-wide locations in 123 countries and a fleet of more than 120,000
vehicles, Europcar is one of the world’s leading car rental companies. Founded in
Paris in 1949, Europcar boasts greater airport coverage in Europe than any other
car rental company and is the world’s largest car rental company of European
origin.
Europcar is one of the UK’s leading car rental companies, with a fleet of around
15,000 vehicles and a network of 125 stations.
Europcar UK provides rental choice from 1 hour to 1 year, with or without a
driver, for work or play. We provide a large selection of vehicle makes and
models from small economy models and sporty convertibles to large family cars,
minibuses and luxurious sedans, as well as vans.
Europcar, you rent a lot more than a car.
For further information please contact: -


Sophie Ammann
Public Relations
Europcar UK
Tel: + 44 (0) 1923 811298
Fax: + 44 (0) 1923 811296
Mob: + 44 (0) 7771 972 803
http://www.europcar.co.uk

								
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