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Painters assemble: The National Paint Champion to be crowned at Automechanika Birmingham

14 Dec 2022

Automechanika Birmingham has revealed that it will host the National Paint Championships, with the winner being announced in a live ceremony at the show on 7th June 2023.

Paint Championships

With the Championships being completely free to enter, automotive painters will be tasked with designing the most impressive car shell to showcase their classic paint technique, in a bid to be crowned National Paint Champion.

The designs will be on display during the course of the show from 6th – 8th June, and a professional jury will decide on their favourite design live on stage at the show.

And there’s more, as the general public is invited to vote for their favourite motif, as participants go head-to-head to battle it out for the People's Choice Award.

Announced at the bodyshop Awards 2023, hosted by bodyshop magazine on 12th October, the Championships are set to be highly competitive, with the most experienced painters looking to take on the exciting challenge to put their work on the map and showcase their skills.

All participants must submit a design in line with the theme of ‘Mobility Royale,’ and Automechanika Birmingham is encouraging those interested to enter and get their creative juices flowing to be in with a chance of coming up with the winning design.

Alex Jones, marketing director of Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “Bodyshop professionals are a key part of the automotive industry and it’s great to be hosting what’s set to be a fun-filled and highly anticipated Championships at Automechanika Birmingham.

“This is such an exciting project to be part of and we can’t wait to see the creative designs that participants will produce. The Championships not only provide them with the perfect opportunity to showcase the fabulous work these professional painters do day in, day out, but it also enables us to celebrate their talents to the wider aftermarket.”

The design must be executed to the highest standards but not exceed 50 hours in total to produce. The car shell will be exhibited and judged at Automechanika Birmingham from 6 – 8th June 2023.

Entering is simple; all they have to do is click this link and submit their interest via the easy-to-complete form.

When participants enter, they will automatically be included in both categories: The National Paint Champion and the People's Choice.

For all media enquiries, contact Impression Communications, PR agency on behalf of Messe Frankfurt UK:

Mark Field + 44 (0) 7825 410998


Background information on Messe Frankfurt


Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2,500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately €250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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* preliminary figures 2020