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Students get motor trip of a lifetime

Students from Kylemore College, Ballyfermot went on the trip of a lifetime recnt when they went to the Gaydon Heritage Motor Museum, Jaguar production facility at Castle Bromich and the National Motorbike Museum Birmingham.

The students from Kylemore College had an historical overview of the evolution of the motor car and its impact on the emerging society, industry, economy and environment over the years.

The students also had the opportunity to take part in the Land Rover experience, to test drive the new Land Rover Discovery Td4 on the purpose built test course. This was truly an experience, ABS, Traction control, EPB, controlled acceleration, stability control and transmission working in harmony to tackle what seemed impossible terrain.

This was followed by a visit to the Jaguar production facility at Castle Bromich, the guided tour starts from pressing the panels of the car right through to the finish gate.

All the disciplines of the Industry can be seen in action from mechanical, electrical, bodyshop preparation and finishing. The supply chain management is handled by DHL from order by main dealer, to parts supply for the assembly line, Just in Time (JIT), to delivery of the vehicle to the main dealers worldwide.

The students had the opportunity of viewing the new F- Type Jaguar before its launch in the coming weeks. This car has caused huge excitement for Jaguar and when you see it you can see why.

The final visit was to the National Motorbike Museum at Birmingham, just beside the Airport, with hundreds of motorbikes to see it was an amazing walk through motorbike history. A great day was had by all.

David O’Neill MIMI Chairman of the Leinster members Association of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and James Ward Teacher and Motor Technology course coordinator at Kylelmore College would like to thank First Line Auto Parts for sponsoring this trip.

Kylemore-College-picFrom L to R: David O’Neill MIMI Chairman IMI Leinster, James Ward Teacher & Motor Technology course coordinator Kylemore College, David Tobin, Rebecca Hutton, Fiona Sharkey Teacher, Aaron Grant, Steven Griffin, Darragh Kiernan