A ‘Dream Drive’ Come True

A ‘Dream Drive’ Come True

In March and April The Parts Alliance and Delphi ran the Dream Drive promotion. During the two month promotion customers could win a multitude of prizes, including six once in a lifetime road trips along the iconic Route 66 in America.

We caught up with the six lucky winners of the amazing road trip, to find out more about their garages, their reaction to winning the star prize and where they’re most looking forward to visiting when they travel stateside.

Lorna Marshall of G L Marshall, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Tell us a bit about your business …
My husband and I opened our garage in 1990. We employ eight
members of staff, including our son who works here as a
mechanic. We pride ourselves on providing high quality work
for our loyal customer base. We offer repairs, diagnostics, air
conditioning and MOTs on all makes of cars and LCVs.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
We were away when the winning scratch card was found. When
we came back to work, we were greeted with the great news that
we’d won! We’d been scratching the cards throughout March
and April in hope but we never really expected to win the trip,
so it was a tremendous surprise.

What sights and places are you most looking forward to visiting?
We’re hoping to visit as many as possible. I’m sure the Grand
Canyon will be awe-inspiring and it’s high on our list.

When are you going on the road trip?
We haven’t decided yet – possibly September this year.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
My husband Graham will be driving, so I’m keen to see the
differences between the states as we travel through them. We
can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere of America.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
We’re committed to high quality, which is reflected in our choice
of braking brand. As a garage owner you want the peace of
mind that the parts you’re fitting are good quality and that
customers won’t have issues with them. We never have any
problems with Delphi.

Lorna Marshall of G L Marshall, Huntly,
Aberdeenshire
Customer of Dingbro Elgin

Steve Patch of W & M Stevens, High Wycombe, Hertfordshire

Tell us a bit about your business …
We’re over 60 years old and offer servicing, repairs and MOTs.
My grandmother opened the garage in the early 1950s, initially
repairing motorbikes. In the early 1970s my father and uncle
started working here, with me following in their footsteps in
1993. My dad is now 70 and he’s still involved in the day-to-day
running of the garage.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
I’m sure like all the other winners, I was shocked! We’d had a
gloomy few months as one of the brothers that started the garage
had recently passed away. Winning the road trip lifted the
morale around the family.

What sights and places are you most looking forward to visiting?
I really like muscle cars, so I’m looking forward to Cadillac
Ranch. Eating authentic America steaks sounds very appealing
too. For my partner, Chicago, Lake Michigan and Las Vegas will
be highlights.

When are you going on the road trip?
Late spring or early summer next year; to give us plenty of time
to plan the trip.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
I’m looking forward to the long open roads and sheer scale of
the place. The roads in the UK are so busy, so I can’t wait to
drive for miles and miles without seeing another car.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
Reliability, quality and price. We’ve been fitting Delphi for
a long time and never have any issues with them.

Steve Patch of W & M Stevens,
High Wycombe, Hertfordshire

Customer of Allparts High Wycombe

Dave Bailey of Major Motors, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Tell us a bit about your business …
My father started our garage in the 1970s and I joined him a
decade later in the mid-80s. We have ten staff and although Dad
has now retired, both my wife and sister work in the office here,
so it’s very much a family business. Whilst most of our customers
are local, some travel from Manchester, Birmingham and even
London, so I guess we’re doing something right.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
Complete disbelief to be honest. You always hope you might
win, but never really think it’s going to be you.

What sights and places are you most looking forward to visiting?
Since winning I’ve been watching a DVD of Billy Connelly
travelling along Route 66 to find out more about the trip.
Naturally I’m looking forward to the main attractions such as
Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Equally, driving through the
old towns and past the old railway lines will be an experience.

When are you going on the road trip?
It’s our 25th wedding anniversary next May, so we’re going
then. We plan to be in Las Vegas on the day of our anniversary.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
The stunning scenery and freedom of the open road will be
incredible. We’re going to start in Los Angeles, so I can drive the
Mustang Convertible.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
It’s a really good product at the right price. We simply don’t get
any complaints from customers after fitting Delphi brakes.

Dave Bailey of Major Motors,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Customer of CES Stoke

Adam Rogers of A1 Motorist Centre, Broadstairs, Kent

Tell us a bit about your business …
I opened the garage 10 years ago. There’s now 15 members of
staff here, working on all makes and models. I’ve got five repair
ramps, an MoT bay and an alignment centre. We offer
performance tuning too.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
One word – ‘gobsmacked’! To be honest I was totally taken
aback and it’s taken a little while to sink in that I’ll actually be
driving along Route 66.

What sights and places are you most looking forward to visiting?
The Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater and Cadillac Ranch are
‘must do’s’. It would be rude not to stand on the corner in
Winslow, Arizona as well. It’s a line from The Eagles classic
‘Take It Easy’ and I’m sure any Eagles fan would do the same.

When are you going on the road trip?
We haven’t decided yet.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
I’m sure it’s going to be breathtaking. We’re looking forward
to seeing all the old diners and we plan to stay on the old
‘historic’ Route 66 as much as possible.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
We only ever fit Delphi braking. The phrase ‘fit and forget’ really
does apply to Delphi brake pads and discs.

Adam Rogers of A1 Motorist Centre,
Broadstairs, Kent

Customer of SC Motor Factors Thanet

Adrian Pilling of A & A Autocare, Chorley, Lancashire

Tell us a bit about your business …
I’ve been working in the industry for 36 years, so I’ve seen a
lot of change in that time. I bought the garage two days before
Christmas in 2005. My wife and sister, (who are both called
Mandy!) and three mechanics work here. We offer Class I, II and
IV MoTs, plus servicing and repairs on all makes and models.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
I thought it was a wind-up! I phoned up the Chorley branch and
was totally amazed when they confirmed I’d genuinely won.
Route 66 was on my bucket list and whilst my mates are pleased
I’ve won, they’re a little jealous too.

What sights and places are you most looking forward
to visiting?
We’ll be travelling the traditional way, starting in Chicago,
going from east to west. We’re still planning the trip but
The Grand Canyon is a must.

When are you going on the road trip?
It’s our 25th wedding anniversary next year, so we’re going in
June 2018. We wanted a special holiday to celebrate and
driving along Route 66 will certainly be special. My wife is
really excited about the trip.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
Hopefully it’ll be just like you see on TV. I’m imagining long
stretches of open road, in a convertible, with the sun
behind us.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
I’ve been fitting Delphi for years, including their engine
management range and diesel components, and throughout all
that time their parts have been spot on. I want great quality at
competitive prices, which I get from Delphi.

Adrian Pilling of A & A Autocare,
Chorley, Lancashire

Customer of BBC
Superfactors Chorley

Gordon Mitchell of Lowermill Garage, Glasgow

Tell us a bit about your business …
It’s a well-established garage that’s been trading for over
50 years. The garage was opened by friends of my parents
and then 20 years ago I became the owner. We’re your typical
garage offering servicing, MoTs, general repairs and diagnostics.

What was your reaction when your scratch card revealed the
Route 66 prize?
I was totally surprised and so was the branch manager at
Dingbro. He thought I was joking with him until he received my
photo of the winning scratch card.

What sights and places are you most looking forward
to visiting?
A friend of mine has done the same trip, so I’ll be taking his
advice on what to see. I’m sure the big cities of Chicago and
Los Angeles will be great places. I’ve always wanted to visit
Las Vegas, so I’m looking forward to spending a few
days there.

When are you going on the road trip?
It’ll be next year, possibly in May.

What do you think it will be like driving along the open roads
of Route 66?
I’ve been told that whilst the distances are long, the lack of traffic
means you cover them quite quickly. The stretches of open road
should give plenty of opportunity to marvel at the surroundings.

Why do you choose to fit Delphi braking?
They’re a leading brand and nine times out of ten we fit Delphi
brakes. I know I’m getting OE quality brakes and no hassles
after fitting.

Gordon Mitchell of Lowermill
Garage, Glasgow

Customer of Dingbro East Kilbride