Friday, 31 October 2014

Soapbox Race Day Schedule


The Soapbox Race Day is near & everyone’s invited!

In case you haven’t heard, a soapbox is a gravity powered homemade ‘cart’ which must navigate a predefined downhill course, against the clock. The MicksGarage Soapbox Race will have up to 50 soapboxes all competing for the fastest time of the day.

This is a charity event in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. All donations are welcome and are deeply appreciated, to donate click here.

Event Format & General Info

Date: Sunday 2nd November 2014
Time: 11.00 – 4.00pm (competitors need to arrive by 9am)
Location: Shanks Mare Pub, DerryPatrick Co. Meath. (35 mins from Dublin City)
Google Maps: Google Maps Location
GPS Co-ords: 53.4955871,-6.6849522

The Event Schedule is as follows:

9.00 – 10.00 Scrutiny & Sign – On

11.00 – 12.00 Road Closure & Practice Runs

12.00 – 13.00 Time Trial Challenge Run 1

13.00 - 14.00 Time Trial Challenge Run 2

14.00 – 15.00 Time Trial Challenge Run 3

15.00 – 16.00 Knockout Challenge

17.00 – 17.30 Road Reopens & Prizes

18.00 Raffle

*These times could be subject to change depending how things go!

All the entrants must be at the location before 9am. There will be ample parking available at the location and one of our parking attendants will guide you on the day.

After the scrutiny checks and team briefings have finished and the road has been closed, entrants will make their way to the starting line for some practice runs. The main races will start at 12.

These are the main awards that are up for grabs on the day:
  1. Time Trial Challenge
  2. Team Spirit Award
  3.  Knockout Challenge x 2
  4.  Least Effort Award
  5. Ingenuity Award
 The raffle prizes are:
  1. Kylemore Karting Voucher for €50
  2. Supertooth Hands Free Kit
  3. AutoGlym Vallet Case
  4. Weekend Pass for the Royal Tara Golf Club
  5. Party Mad Voucher for €50
  6. Draper 24L Air Compressor & 5 Piece Air Tool Kit
  7. Car Care Bucket
  8. No H2o gift pack
  9. Shanks Mare Voucher
  10. Draper Socket Set

If you’re feeling peckish on the day, the fantastic Shanksmare Pub are running a special menu for us on the day!

Our aim is for everyone involved to have a fun-filled day and raise as much money as possible for this great charity. If successful we hope to make the Soapbox Race an annual event!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

So Just How Much is Irish Water Going to Charge Me to Wash My Car?

Unless you've been living with your head in the sand you'll have been hearing and seeing the ongoing fiasco that is Irish Water. It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Perhaps I'm just jealous I don't work for an organisation that appears to have a bonus scheme rewarding ineptitude. 

But let me get back to the matter at hand, lets get down to the nitty gritty of it... How much is it going to cost me to wash my car now that we're paying for water?
Garden Hose
The Irish Water website lists metered charges for water supplied at €2.44 per m³, (I'd link to the website only I'd be fearful that I'd somehow contribute to another nonsensical bonus for them hitting website traffic targets!). 1m³ = 1 cubic metre = 1,000 litres.

From looking online I'm taking the figure of 100 gallons for a 10 minute car wash using a standard garden hose. In new money that's 0.37m³ which totals 0.90cent. Ok so there's no need to smash open the piggy bank just yet!

So how often do you wash your car? Is it part of your weekend ritual? Once a week? Once a month? Well firstly lets take the once a week washer, that's 52 weeks of the year x .90cent = €46.80 so we'll call it €50 because lets be honest, sometimes it took you 11 minutes, and there was also that time you got distracted talking to your neighbour (bitching about water charges no less) and let the hose run, tut tut. 

Then there's the once a month washer, so that's 12 x .90cent = €10.80, but that's not fair because you take 15 minutes to wash your car due to a build up of 4 weeks of motorway dirt on your car! So that's now 0.56m³ of water which costs €1.36 x 12 which is €16.39.

Then there's the rest of us, the ones that are either too lazy and too busy to wash our cars so we'll pay the €8-€10 in our local petrol station to get the car washed. I don't need to do the maths for you here to see that washing your own car at home may very well save you money in the long run and won't break the bank, but who has the time? Plus Irish weather is not a car washers friend.

There's lots of ways to be smarter about water usage now that we're being charged for it, the use of water butts collecting rain water, using a bucket and sponge to wash your car instead of the hose or using a hose with a nozzle that can stop the flow of water when it's not being used. MicksGarage would like to help you use water wisely so we have a number of cleaning products to help you on your way from buckets and sponges to No H2O.

The views in this post are purely my own and do not reflect the views of MicksGarage. I also take no responsibility for the sums or equations therein, they are merely an estimate to satisfy my curiosity.

Written by Lisa, That's What She Said!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Engine Room Show: Episode 90

In this week's (long-awaited) episode, we discuss the wonders of the Paris Motor Show, Humphreys' sore ankles and Moore's new car!

You can see more stuff from Dave MooreDave Humphreys & Steven Cooper by checking out The Engine Room Show Facebook page, Twitter and their very own website which you can find over here. They also do random things on YouTube!

Words by John Smyth, MicksGarage Marketing Guru!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Work Experience With


I'm Alan Grogan a fourth year student from Gaelcholaiste in Carlow.

I'm Spending my first week of work experience with

Monday: On Monday morning I woke up at 6:30 to catch the 7:40 train. I'm living with my brother Paul in Sallins. I arrived at Park West Train Station and made my way to MicksGarage HQ. When I arrived I was a bit early and I pressed the bell and was meet by Michele and he brought me into customer service to wait for Rob who I was in contact with in relation with the work experience. When Rob Arrived he brought me up to Gillian Who works In The Human Resources side of the company. Gillian took me around the place introducing me to everyone.I felt like the pope shaking everybody's hand and everyone was so nice and made me feel so welcome.
At it has a very relaxed mood to the place which is key and keeps the stress levels down.So I spent the rest of Monday in with Gillian Scanning and Sorting Invoices.
And I Left at 5:30 to catch the 6:00 Train Back to Sallins.

Tuesday: Tuesday I spent the day down in the warehouse with Danny And the lads
My Job was packaging all the products that are bought on the internet.
In Total I packaged 126 products and thought that I did really well but the lads were at 300, but wasn't bad for My first go.

Wednesday: Wednesday was with Gilllian Sorting and Scanning Invoices and I got a real insight
into the behind the scenes work that Ciaran, Mick, Gillian and everyone at does
to deliver Their products on time and up to high quality

Thursday: Thursday I spent the day with Rob and the guys at Marketing. Rob showed me the Facebook account and inputting pictures of cars into the website and research.

Friday: Friday I spent finding out what all the guys were doing in the marketing department .I looked at stock management, Design and Ebay, Amazon.At 4 we had a quiz which Lisa set up it, Dingbats were the chosen subject and I'm delighted to announce the Junior Winner was Myself.

I would like to thank everybody at for making me feel very welcome and teaching me a lot about marketing,Packaging,Administration and the hard work that has to be put in to make money in this world.


 MicksGarage.Com Logo in Reception
MicksGarage HQ



Mick Air Freshener Deals, Offers That Make Scents!

All the offers have Free Delivery and they are on for this weekend only!

We didn't want Mick to be lonely while being delivered, so we bundled him with some special offers on great products like our best selling Gummi Pflege Rubber Care and more. See them all here.

This is the offer we didn't tell Mick about; You can buy 1 Mick Air Freshener for €0.99/£0.84 cent with free delivery. You really have no excuses? 

If you think can handle it, you can buy 3 for €2.69/£2.29. That’s one for your car, one for the toilet & one for your dog. For hard-core fans there’s a pack of 10 for €5.99/£5.09! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Toyota recalls 1.67 million Vehicles

Toyota have issued 3 new recalls which covers a total of 1.67 million vehicles. The largest of the recalls is in Japan. The problem is with the brake systems of certain Majesta, Noah and Voxy models. It is also reported that in some cases the issue could cause degrading of the brake performance.

The second recall is in the United States for Lexus models between the years 2005 to 2010. The issue with these models is a faulty fuel delivery pipe that could increase the risk of a fire.

The third recall is in Japan and involves the Corolla Rumion and Auris models with a faulty evaporative emission control unit.

In all cases, Toyota has reported that they are not aware of any incidents, fatalities or accidents due to the issues found.

Words by Niall

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A Long Awaited Update on Schumacher

Jean Todt, FIA president and friend of Michael Schumacher has released a long awaited update on his friends condition. Todt visited the Schumacher family in their home in Switzerland and reported that he will be able to live "a relatively normal life within a short period of time". He also stressed that we should be grateful that “he is living" and "that his family is close to him”. He also added that his friend should be left to recover in private.  

Michael Schumacher was in an induced coma for 189 days after his tragic accident in the French Alps last Christmas, he now resides in his home in Switzerland with around the clock care which is estimated to be costing £100,000 a month.

I look forward to hearing more positive news in the near future. As always, we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Words by Niall