Training provider Martec is celebrating the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla by challenging students to respray a Mini Cooper with the Union Jack.  

The Body Refinishing students at Martec tackled the challenge head on, learning about the monarchy and the Union Jack flag, whilst putting their qualification into practice.  

Tutor David Day worked with the students to correctly mask, fine line and spray the Mini ready to take it on a tour of local car garages in Stoke.  

Student Tom Valentine commented: “When Dave told me we were going to spray a Mini with the Union Jack flag I didn’t expect to learn so much more than spraying. Dave taught us the correct way to fly the flag and that the flag is not symmetrical. I really enjoyed masking the flag.” 



In addition to the usual course content, students were able to learn about British values and the history of our monarchy. Whilst spraying is a large part of their course, the Coronation also gave them the unique learning opportunity to understand the intricate detail that is involved in correctly applying the flag.  

Dave commented: “This has been a really enjoyable team effort that all the students have worked on together, showing their different abilities. It’s been great to chat to the students about the King and Queen’s Coronation as well as our British history.” 

Student Oaklan Holdcroft added: “I found fine lining really interesting as it was a task I previously found quite challenging. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved as a team working together.  I’m looking forward to seeing it at all the different garages.”  

While Lewis Rixon said: “I’ve really enjoyed the task, it’s help improved my knowledge of paint processes and rectification.” 

Martec’s Royal Mini will be showcased around the city and surrounding areas for the next two weeks and the training provider is launching a social media challenge to “Find the Martec Mini” during the country’s period of celebration. 

First stop for the Martec Mini is BS Marson & Sons on Keele Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme.