Car crazy apprentice Craig is flying high
By KIREN THANDI
A LIFELONG love for cars has Craig Townley of Coffs Harbour Toyota packing his bags for a trip - though this one will be in an aeroplane, not a car.
The 18-year-old apprentice is off to the other side of the world after winning $4000 as first prize in the Toyota Australia Technician Society.
"I feel great," Craig said about his win.
It will be the fourth-year apprentice's first trip overseas.
Craig, who has been crazy about cars since he sat on his dad's lap and got his hands on the steering wheel as a five-year-old, won the prize after completing a number of quizzes about all things cars - though a bit of luck was on his side, as the final winner was via a random draw.
While he had initially thought about attending the Frankfurt Motor Show, the world's largest motor show, in September, Craig is now also considering a trip to Canada at the end of the year to hit the ski slopes and see some friends.
Craig's employers couldn't be happier for him, saying that he deserved the win.
"It couldn't have gone to a more deserving apprentice," said the fixed operations manager at Coffs Harbour Toyota, Gaven Wear.
"From day one Craig has proved to not only have a great attention to detail, but a dedication to deliver the best quality work to our customers."
Craig has also been recognised by Mercedes-benz and won an Encouragement Award from the MercedesBenz Accelerated Apprenticeship Program.
Craig attends training in Sydney every three months as part of his program and has achieved 100 per cent in his exams, from a class average of 87 per cent.