Duffy Motors celebrated a key milestone earlier this month and, to celebrate, the team organised an away weekend watching Formula 1 action at Silverstone.

July marks ten years since Lee Atkinson bought Duffy Motors. The gaffer arranged the British Grand Prix trip to thank all the staff who have helped transform the garage into what it is today.

Duffy’s Weekend Away at Silverstone - Duffy Motors
Thanks for ten years of hard work – Lee treated the team and their families to a weekend at Silverstone

The action-packed race was eventually won by Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel. British driver Lewis Hamilton fought back to second after a first-lap collision with Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Crucially, the second-place finish gave Hamilton important points as he tries to stay in touch with Vettel in the driver’s championship. The German leads Hamilton by eight points going into this weekend’s action in Hockenheim.

Not everything ran smoothly for the Duffy team. They missed a good chunk of the action after arriving late on the first day, some of the apprentices got sunburnt and Russ managed to lose his ticket before qualifying!

Fortunately, another company owner treating his employees found the ticket and got it back to Russ in time for the actual race.

Duffy Motors has been trading for more than 50 years and is one of the largest independent service centres and MOT stations in Manchester.

After starting in Salford, the company moved to its current railway arch location off Deansgate in the 1980s.

Lee took charge of the garage in 2008 and has made some important changes that have propelled the company to new heights.

He subscribed the company to the Good Garage Scheme, which helps customers determine which garages they can trust.

Duffy Motors has won a 99%+ rating on the Good Garage Scheme and is one of the the top-rated garages in Greater Manchester.

Duffy’s Weekend Away at Silverstone - Duffy Motors
Not everything went Duffy Motors’ way. Apprentices got sunburnt and Russ lost his ticket.