AA patrolman Mark Spowage from Sheffield is hoping to be crowned the public face of the UK’s biggest motoring organisation at an awards ceremony next week.
Judging for AA Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA’s roadside patrols – began in February with regional heats across the UK. In March, the five finalists were put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests.
Mark, aged 39, who lives with his partner and two children, started out as an apprentice mechanic at Sheffield Council before joining the AA 14 years ago.
He’s worked on all manner of vehicles, the most memorable being a Ferrari F50 GT, and he once helped rescue a 6ft snake wedged in the boot lining of a Peugeot.
His dream car is a split-screen Volkswagen camper van or a 1956 Ford Popular.
Mark said: “It’s great to be recognised for doing the job I love. It’s very satisfying helping others in difficult situations, fixing the problem and getting them on their way.”
Mark’s area manager Audie Russell said: “It takes a lot of skill, perseverance and tact to be an AA patrol, so to beat 3,000 others to get to the final is a real achievement.”
The awards take place on May 10 in South Wales.