Date: 10th November 2017

A £4m state-of the-art training hub has been officially opened today, with bosses urging other manufacturers to step forward to help improve the skills in the local workforce. The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), which is run by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall, In-Comm Training and Salop Design & Engineering, was unveiled in front of 250 people with many delegates receiving their first glimpse of the 36,000 sq ft facility. Peter Neumark, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC, said: "I am immensely proud that CMC is one of the four founding stakeholders in the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology. T ...

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Date: 18th October 2017

CMC’s 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE, unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours has been shortlisted for Restoration of the Year at the Octane Awards 2017. This XK120 features unique bodywork by famed Italian design house Pininfarina. It was first delivered to Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Max Hoffman in 1954, an Austrian-born, New York-based importer of luxury European automobiles into the United States, who inspired the production and refinement of several vehicles. It is believed that Hoffman inspired Pininfarina to reinterpret the shapes of the XK and then unveiled it at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. There is little trace of the car’s h ...

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Date: 9th October 2017

Under the new rules announced in September 2017, vehicles built up to 1977 will no longer be subject to the annual roadworthiness check-up from 20 May 2018. The rolling exemption will continue each year in line with exemption from road tax. This means that, for example, all Jaguar E-Types, which were originally built between 1961 and 1975, will not need to be tested from next year. The measure is being introduced despite a government consultation on the proposed changes held earlier this year that showed more respondents were against the idea than in favour of it (1130 v 899). In response to concerns around safety, the Department for Transport said that cars more than 40 years old are often ...

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Date: 20th September 2017

Jake Berry, the Government’s secretary for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, visited the £4 million Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) to see how it can help to improve skills in the local workforce. Located at the Stanmore Industrial Estate in Bridgnorth, just steps away from CMC’s workshops, the MCMT is supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and led by a consortium of companies, including CMC, Grainger & Worrall, Salop Design & Engineering and training provider In-Comm. The centre took in its first apprentices last week and will provide a high-tech environment for young people to learn from engineering experts on the lat ...

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Date: 19th September 2017

E-Type Chassis No. 15, restored by CMC to original specification, won the ‘Best of British’ class at the prestigious Salon Privé Concour’s d’Elegance 2017. Held on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough and his family, the Concours d’Elegance is the country’s oldest and most exclusive classic car competition and is globally recognised as one of the key events on the international concours circuit. Now in its 12th consecutive year, it attracts some of the rarest and most exquisite cars ever produced. Owner Chris Ballard said: “Chassis No.15 competed against some very interesting c ...

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