Star mechanic from Grangemouth is rising sun bound

Subaru UK Technician of the Year Elliot Byers
Subaru UK Technician of the Year Elliot Byers

A top technician has the drive to become the best of the best when he takes on the world’s most skilful car mechanics in Japan.

Elliot Byers (23) will be leaving Grangemouth for the land of the rising sun in November after winning Subaru’s UK Technician of the Year title and coming second in the European competition.

The former St Mungo’s High School pupil works at Ian Grieve in Camelon as a master technician for Jeep and Chrysler and is a factory trained mechanic for Subaru.

He said: “I’ve been into cars ever since I passed my test and since I started working at Ian Grieve my interest has grown.

“The pressure was really on me for the UK competition and then at the European contest in Belgium.

“Now I’ve qualified for the world championships where no one from outside Japan has ever won.

“Subaru will be sending me a special car closer to the time so I can practise on it. I will need to know every possible thing that could go wrong with the car and be able to fix it within a time limit.”

The talented young mechanic has done his garage proud and more than repaid the faith they showed when they took him on as an 18-year-old apprentice.

Adam Grieve, sales director, said: “Elliot missed out in 2014, but he qualified this year and won the whole competition down in Birmingham.

“That’s a fantastic achievement, but now his performance in Belgium means he has qualified for the World Championships in Japan.

“To have taken Elliot fresh out of school, invested in him as an apprentice and seen him reach this level is hugely fulfilling for us.

“He has a chance to be the first western technician to take the world title.”