24th Sep, 2020

Redditch car firm has gone Japanese for World Cup fundraising challenge

Harry Leach 30th Jun, 2018

A REDDITCH car company has got into the World Cup spirit by doing a two day charity rally in a Japanese-inspired Nissan Micra.

The rally, which started in Telford on June 27 – and will end up in Wales – was organised by Gemini Accident Repair at their Christmas party last year.

Colleagues from the UK-wide company decided that each Gemini branch would drive a car which would represent a nation from the World Cup.

The countries were then drawn from a hat.

Gemini Accident Repair in Redditch pulled out Japan – which meant they had the task of finding a cheap car within their £500 budget.

They also needed to have it customised with the Japanese flag to fit the theme.

Colin Rowley, manager at the Arthur Street branch, said: “Unfortunately we didn’t get England but we’re still very happy with the result.

“We got off to a lucky start because we had a 2003 Nissan Micra donated to us by Hogan Brothers, which is an auto-repair shop in Redditch.

“From there we had our apprentices strip the car down, repair it and re-designed the entire outer-body to represent Japan.

“The car looks incredible and I think the rally will be really exciting.

“I’ll be driving the car myself and I can’t wait to start – although I’m not considering it a race.

“Our sole aim was to raise £500 for Autoraise Charity but we have already exceeded that amount.

“We have almost £700 with hopefully more to come.

“The rally will consist of 60 teams, which includes us and other auto-body shops who are also racing for the same charity.”

“After we’ve finished we will then auction the Nissan off and hopefully raise even more money.”

To add to the fun, Colin and his team will be dressed as samurai warriors behind the wheel.

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