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 MicksGarage.com


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

I'm Spending my first week of work experience with MicksGarage.com.

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 MickGarage.com 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 MicksGarage.com 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 MicksGarage.com 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

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Some information about Our Soapbox Race chosen charity

On the 2nd November MicksGarage.com is holding our first charity SoapBox race in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation Here is a small insight into Jack & Jill and why we have chosen to support the charity.

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children up to the age of 4 with brain damage who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. We also provide end of life care.  These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care. The Foundation gives these families the Gift of time, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their other children to the park, a night’s sleep etc.
Jack and Jill needs to raise over €3 million per year to provide these services. Less than 19% of our budget comes from the Government so they rely on innovative fundraising campaigns to reach our target. Please help us to help these families by making a donation or by holding a fundraising event on their behalf.

How Jack & Jill began
On 29 February 1996 Jack Irwin was born – a bonny bouncy baby. Two days later he suffered some invasive trauma in the hospital’s nursery.
While history does not reveal the immediate aftermath of this drama, it is probable that he died and was resuscitated. Certainly from that moment on, Jack could not swallow and was probably blind and deaf. His parent’s dreams were shattered and the heartbreaking task of keeping Jack alive began. 

"The senior pediatrician in the hospital was brutal but honest."

Asked for a route map of care for Jack once he left their intensive care unit, it was made clear that there were simply no services in Ireland available in 1997 to a baby like Jack. He cautioned that Jack’s needs would threaten the marriage and certainly damage the childhood of his healthy brothers and sister. To escape this trap, he advised the only way out was to get him admitted to one of the children’s hospitals. Then and only then would the State have to take responsibility for him.

"Spine chilling advice that resolved Jack’s parents to take action. Never again would any Irish family have to face such a horror"

Jack lived for 22 months – a desperate and painful life. A mix of drugs, physio, postural drainage, seizures, reflux operations, gastronomy and suctioning. The only saving grace was that he was cosy and warm and nursed around the clock by a dedicated band of five nurses and carers from the neighborhood.
His short life showed his parents the ideal way in which little children like Jack can be nursed. From their experience evolved the home respite care that has now been offered to over 1700 children and their families all over Ireland since 1997.
This leads to a situation where the Jack & Jill Foundation not only has to raise funding of up to €2.7 million per annum but must act as advocate for it’s families helping in securing a carer’s allowance, a medical card, correct housing, special equipment or a primary medical certificate.

Why is this the case?
In a rich country like ours, why do our families have to struggle to be granted even the most basic entitlements?
The root problem of this is historic. The State has previously taken the view that children such as those cared for by the Jack & Jill Foundation would die, probably before their second birthday, and therefore were never taken onto the State’s books.
Thankfully this attitude is slowly changing and the Jack & Jill Foundation applauds this.
At all times, we are mindful of the isolation and loneliness that families experience and we pay particular attention to the needs and emotions of the healthy brothers and sisters who can so easily be overlooked.

Read the stories of families that Jack and Jill have helped. MicksGarage.com have created a MyCharity page for our SoapBox Race Fundraiser, please click here and donate.

Thank You
Words by Amy

Friday, 3 October 2014

Smith flies to top 6 trio

Chrome Edition Restart Racing’s Árón Smith secured his best race weekend results of the season at Silverstone last weekend with a trio of top six placing’s that included second in the final race of the day.

Coming into the weekend, Smith was feeling confident behind the wheel of his MicksGarage.com supported Volkswagen Passat CC which immediately showed when proceedings kicked off on Saturday morning as the Irishman set the fourth fastest time in free practice one. A slight setup adjustment for free practice two yielded the same result but Smith felt his earlier setup was just that little bit easier on both car and driver.
Saturday afternoon’s qualifying got underway after a brief delay to facilitate an on track clear up from the previous support race. When Árón did manage to get himself some clear track, he posted what would eventually become the fifth fastest time of the session, placing him fifth on the grid for Sunday’s opening encounter, a season best qualifying position.
Choosing the Dunlop Sport Maxx soft tyre option for race one looked set to be a master stroke for Smith as he started from row three on the grid. Unfortunately however as the lights went out, Smith appeared to struggle off the line and was forced to tuck himself in behind teammate Alain Menu. Now locked in battle with the Swiss former Champion, Árón began to feel the advances of Mercedes driver Adam Morgan. Despite Morgan trying to muscle his way through on a number of occasions, Smith managed to retain his sixth place as Morgan began to fall away as a result of his advances. Now closing the gap back up to teammate Menu, it was too little too late to find a way past as the chequered flag fell.

 Starting race two from sixth, Smith appeared to struggle once again off the line allowing Sam Tordoff to move ahead into sixth. However by the sixth lap Árón’s car appeared to come into itself and he moved past the MG Driver into sixth. Smith quickly followed the move up with a pass up the inside of Rob Collard at Becketts. Now on a charge in fifth, next on his shopping list was former teammate Mat Jackson. Looking for any way past the Ford Focus driver, it was clear that Jackson wasn’t going to make it easy with a number of very questionable defensive manoeuvres throughout the second half of the race. Smith’s progress was abruptly halted when the race was ended on lap 20 under red flags due to a comprehensive off for Rob Collard coming out of Copse.
With the top seven cars reversed for the final race of the weekend, Árón lined up in third place for what looked set to be a thrilling conclusion to the days action. As the warm up lap began, Sam Tordoff’s engine cried enough necessitating a delayed start to clear the pool of oil under his car. When racing did eventually get underway, Smith got a good start to maintain his third place starting position during the opening laps of the race. Quickly however the Safety Car had to be deployed to clear the stricken Audi of Robb Holland. When racing got back under way on lap six, Árón quickly lined up a move on Fabrizio Giovanardi coming into Copse to slot into second before setting about closing the extensive race lead held by Mat Jackson. With the pair now lapping at an equal pace, the gap remained the same right to the chequered flag where Árón crossed the line in second place, his third podium of the season for Team BMR.

 Árón Smith - #40 Chrome Edition Restart Racing Volkswagen Passat CC:
“It was a really good weekend – I was aiming for three top sixes and we achieved that so I’m happy. The last race was great – we’d had the pace all weekend to be at the front so it was really a case of being consistent, getting the points and cracking on with it. It’s great to be up at the front because you don’t get involved in scraps and you can show your true pace. Mat got the jump on us at the restart but from then on we matched him the whole way. With Alain on the podium in race two and all four of our cars in the top ten in race three, I don’t think there’s much more we could ask for! I love Brands Hatch GP, it should suit the car and we should be quick."