Fun, indiscretion and “dad dancing” at the Motor Trader Awards

The Motor Trader awards were attended by a couple of our insiders on Wednesday night, and it certainly seems a good night was had by almost all. The sound of ssshing became quite tiresome as Ray Stubbs tried manfully to control a fairly good natured but large and pretty inebriated crowd. The awards were handed out like confetti and the people who won them all seemed pretty pleased with themselves, and the nearly £10k raised for the BEN charity went down a storm. But the highlight was surely comedian Dave Spikey, as many may know as Peter Kay’s number 2 in phoenix nights. He only did about 30 minutes but crammed in some cracking jokes and although I wasn’t planning on visiting Wigan anytime soon, apparently by saying “gimme 6” when greeting the locals there you will be assured of a warm welcome. Allegedly a number of indiscreet tonsil hockey sessions were witnessed as a few well oiled people took goodwill in the workplace a bit far and there were reports of a good old fashioned punch up over at the Dover Street wine bar where a few of the more tired and emotional among us adjourned for some late night dancing. Speaking of which there were some truly memorable sights to be seen on the Grosvenor House dance floor where we took dancing like your dad to a whole new level. It’s always difficult when the guy to girl ratio is about 3 to 1 and quite often only blokes were left dancing together around abandoned handbags. That was fine (sort of) except the awkward participants didn’t even attempt to look embarrassed about it. As for embarrassment, well, we won’t mention the very senior executive who was “unwell” down his shirt and had to be helped from the venue…must have been something he ate. On a more serious note though the awards are a good excuse for hardworking car dealers to let their hair down and celebrate some fantastic achievements so congratulations to Motor Trader for putting on a great night with excellent food and entertainment. Let’s hope that the motor trade can remain profitable this year because at £21 for a g&t and small glass of chardonnay they’ll need to! The 2010 Motor Trader Award winners (MotorTrader.com) Motor Trade Business Management Award Sponsored by ASE plc Winner Lorraine Hector, Wellington Motor Group (Wellington) Highly commended Kelvin Jones, Gravells (Kidwelly) Most Improved Business Award Sponsored by NIG Winner Holden Group (Norwich) Highly commended Duckworth Land Rover (Lincolnshire) New Dealership of the Year Award Sponsored by AutoProtect (MBI) Winner Glen Henderson Mazda (Ayr) Highly commended Grants Seat (Essex) Customer Care Award Sponsored by Car Care Plan Winner Ford Retail Aftermarket Innovation Award Sponsored by Mobil 1 Winner Peter Vardy (Edinburgh) Highly commended Wokingham Motors (Berkshire) Dealer Marketing Award Sponsored by AutorTrader.co.uk Winner Richmond Hyundai (Hampshire) Online Innovation of the Year Award Sponsored by Specialist Automotive Finance Winner GFORCES - Lead Beast Website of the Year Award Sponsored by Motors.co.uk Winner Marshall Motor Group Highly commended Arbury Motor Group T C Harrison Independent Used Car Retailer of the Year Award Sponsored by Compucars.co.uk Winner Big Motoring World (Kent) Highly commended Phil Whitaker Cars (Slough) Product of the Year Award Sponsored by Motor Trader Winner Manheim Remarketing - Seller Advance Franchised Used Car Retailer of the Year Award Sponsored by VCARS Winner T C Harrison Group Workshop of the Year Award Sponsored by Euro Car Parts Winner Chartwell (Derby) Car Franchise of the Year Sponsored by Mondial Assistance UK Winner Hyundai Motor UK Service Adviser Of The Year Award Sponsored by Castrol Professional Winner Jazz Mann, Chiswick Honda (London) Highly commended Lauren Cross, Cox Motor Group Lancaster (Morecambe) Sales Team of the Year Award Sponsored by MAPFRE Abraxas Winner Phoenix Honda (Paisley) Highly commended Romford Mazda Sales Manager Of The Year Award Sponsored by Dealerweb Winner Mark Murphy, Phoenix Honda (Hyndland) Dealer Principal of the Year Award Sponsored by eBay Motors Winner Amarjit Shokar, Romford Mazda Highly commended Antony Kidger, Copley Land Rover (Halifax) Franchised Dealership of the Year Award Sponsored by Manheim Retail Services Winner Peter Vardy (Motherwell) Highly commended Brayley Honda (St Albans) Dealer Group of the Year Award Sponsored by TOTAL Winner Marshall Motor Group (Cambridge) Outstanding Achievement Award Sponsored by HPI Winners Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Sue Robinson, RMI National Franchised Dealers Association

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