Why I Left Motherwell College!

Now apart from the Progress on the C70 or on the Legacy I don’t normally post about my personal life too much but this is something I can’t not post – I’ve left the College for good!, it’s not been an easy situation but it couldn’t be helped.

Now for the last 4 years I’ve been a College student studying Vehicle Mechanics, I done two years in Kilmarnock College and the last two years up in Motherwell College, out of the two colleges I preferred Motherwell solely because they never put anyone down and always pushed their students to do their very best in whatever they done.

For the two years I was in there I studied Level 1 Heavy Vehicle Mechanics on HGV’s and on the course I’ve just finished I was studying Level 2 Light Vehicle Mechanics – Cars to me and you!

I’ve Enjoyed every second of the two years I’ve been there and I’ve met some brilliant people, made some mates plus gotten on with everyone I’ve come across in there which is something I’ve never been able to do before through school or even in my old college neither.

So what is making me leave? well unfortunately I suffer from Epilepsy which is quite severe and have done since 2014 and recently I’ve been suffering from some memory problems due to the fits, now not everyone who has epilepsy suffers from memory problems but there are some people who do and unfortunately I’m one of them and due to the work involved in the 3rd year course and the stresses which come along with that I don’t want to put my health at risk and possibly have another fit so I’ve decided to leave.

The Tutors and all the staff I’ve been involved with are all supportive of my decision to leave and are understandable of the reasons I’m leaving and wish me good luck in the future in whatever I do which has taken a lot of stress off my shoulders.

Now I will definitely miss Motherwell College as it’s been one of the best places I’ve ever had the pleasure of going to. It’s the only educational building I’ve ever been under who have actually pushed me into not just being a better Mechanic but a better person overall so for that reason alone I will definitely miss it, as well as that I’ve also met some brilliant tutors and made some brilliant mates too as mentioned above who I will miss dearly as well.

So what is the next step for me now I’ve left the college?, well for a start off I will have more time on my hands to fix up both the C70 and now the Legacy, I’ll have more time to go to more car meets like Tartan Tarmac and other places plus I would like to turn Forced Induction into a fully fledged business which will then mean I’ll hopefully become a self taught self employed Automotive Journalist which is something I’ve had in plans for ages now and with me leaving the college I can now focus on that more than I currently am.

For anyone who is ever contemplating on going to Motherwell College or even any of the other New College Lanarkshire Campuses I definitely recommend them to anybody as they are absolutely brilliant and have treated me and others with the up-most respect ever, you’ll definitely enjoy it up there!

It’s a shame it’s had to come to this but I feel it’s the best for me to leave and focus on other things in my life and sort my health before I have another fit and it leaves me back at square one all over again.

 

By Alex Jebson

How i fell in love with a Classic Aston Martin!

Now Ever since I was a young boy I’ve always loved Aston Martins, they were just the perfect Marque in my mind – stunning exteriors, marvelous sounding engines and absolutely gorgeous interiors plus being associated with James Bond himself made me fall for them straight away, for me they are definitely my dream Marque with the DB9 being my dream car! 

Now for me, I love the Classic Aston Martins as they are just simply gorgeous with the DB5 taking the top spot – thanks no end to the Bond Films, so when I got the chance to get up close and personal to a 1954 DB2/4 I immediately snapped up the opportunity and thank god I did! 

The DB2/4 was a GT car produced between 1953 till 1957 and was a rival for the Jaguar XK140 and the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing as well as many others from when GT cars were the cars to have, it was based on the DB2 which it replaced but with a few changes here and there which included a wraparound windscreen, larger bumpers and repositioned lights, it was available in three body styles; Saloon, Fixed Head Coupe (FHC for Short) and as a Drop Head Coupe (DHC For Short) 

Early cars were available with a 2.6 litre dual carbureted inline six which produced 125 bhp while later cars were equipped with a 2.9 straight six which upped power to 140 bhp; decent power for the time. It was eventually replaced by the DB MKIII in 1957 which was more of a sports car than a GT Car. 

The DB2/4 in question is for sale with Peter Vardy Heritage in Hillington, Glasgow inside the Car Store – it is a two owner car which has been dry stored for 42 years, it is an early MK1 DB2/4 2.6 litre Saloon and has every single receipt and paperwork you could ever imagine – it even has the original manual and build/spec sheet with it too! 


It is currently up for sale for £240,000 here and has to be the best conditioned car I’ve ever come across – there’s no mark on it whatsoever, everything is like new inside and outside!

Whoever is lucky enough to buy it is going to have a beautiful car and a very rare car too as there’s only 448 examples left on the roads, this is a car i’ll probably never get to see again as it’s so rare!

Price wise it is in a totally different league to modern day exotics and supercars and is also significantly cheaper than other similarly aged Aston Martins – for instance a DB6 for sale will set you back upwards of £350,000 and a DB5 is well over a million pounds these days, so the DB2/4 is a bargain compared to those two vintage Aston’s.

I’d like to personally thank both Craig and Stuart and the rest of the salesmen from Peter Vardy Heritage for letting me come along and take photo’s and for also showing me around the car itself, without their help none of this would’ve happened!

If you ever get a chance to visit the Car Store i’d highly recommend going over to the Heritage Department and having a look at their stock, they have some absolutely unbelievable cars in stock – everything from a Mini Moke to a Ferrari 365 with some you’ll never get to see in the likes of a Museum or a car show, also because they are for sale you can also buy one of them if you have the money which is also an added bonus! 

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson