FMI News

Martin Austin 1945 - 2020

The Fellowship is very sad to announce the passing of Past President Martin Austin. Martin was a wonderful friend to many people in the industry and will be hugely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.


85th Annual General Meeting

The planned 85th Annual General Meeting should have taken place prior to the Midlands Lunch on April 15th. Both were cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


Covid-19 Coronavirus update

Over the last few weeks; given the rapid development of the Covid-19 virus situation, the Events Working Group of the Fellowship have been actively monitoring the state of affairs and has now taken the difficult decision to cancel the Midlands Luncheon for 2020, originally scheduled for 15th April 2020. Full details will be contained in a forthcoming newsletter in respect of the AGM.




Geoffrey Atkinson OBE 1939 - 2020

We are very sad to notify Fellows that Geoffrey Atkinson OBE sadly passed away peacefully at home on 14th January 2020 surrounded by his wife and family after a short illness. Geoffrey was well known throughout the Fellowship and from his time as Chief Executive of BEN. We send our condolences to his wife Tina and his three children Kate, Tim and Mike, his stepdaughter Kirsty and his nine grandchildren.  A full obituary covering Geoffrey's interesting life is attached

 His funeral takes place on the 14th February 2020 at 12 noon.  For details please contact brian@sprattyman.com


Norman Dewis 1920 - 2019

The FELLOWSHIP of the Motor Industry joins with the motor racing world and the wider motor industry in mourning the passing of Norman Dewis OBE, a good friend of the FELLOWSHIP, at the age of 98.

Fellows who were present the last time that Norman gave a talk to the FELLOWSHIP will never forget his extraordinary recall of his 51-year career in the British Motor Industry.

Norman started his career in the motor industry in 1934 at the age of 14 when he walked into the Humber plant and asked for a job. After a year, he moved to Armstrong Siddley where he started an apprenticeship at the age of 15.


BEN Ball - 11 December 2019 - Roundhouse London

  • After 70 years at the Grosvenor House, Ben announces that Ben Ball 2019 will be held at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden on 11th December
  • Ben is inviting the automotive industry to book tickets now for their Christmas Ball
  • Take advantage of the early bird booking discount - 10% until 31st May

​See the attached Press Release for further details


Past Chairman & Honorary Secretary Clive Timms passes away

It is with considerable sadness that we write to advise Fellows that Clive Timms sadly passed away last night, Friday 21 December 2018, having fought a courageous battle with Motor Neurone Disease, (MND).

Clive was well known to Fellows as a past Chairman of the FELLOWSHIP and more recently its Honorary Secretary. He was a real gentleman and a wonderful friend to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His common sense approach to his roles within the FELLOWSHIP were always valued and respected and he will be hugely missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him.


Mike Garton becomes President of the Healey Drivers Club

‘Mike Garton, the Fellowships past Chairman, has just been enrolled as President of the Healey Drivers Club following the departure of Peter Healey from the post.

The Healey Drivers Club is the oldest club for the Healey cars being built by Donald Healey at Warwick. Founded in 1955 the club has always had a member of the Healey family as its President until Mike's recent appointment.


Fellowshp Committee Member attempts Cross Channel Relay Swim for BEN

Fellowship Committee Member Paul Barrett  has been persuaded to take part in a Cross-Channel Relay Swim. He's not really not sure how he agreed to this and whether he was totally sober at the time however as the fittest member of the committee he was the obvious choice!

 They say that growing old is compulsory but growing up is optional and Paul has obviously decided that he still needs another challenge in life to stay young. He is doing this to raise money for BEN, the automotive industry charity and any support that Fellows can provide in the form of sponsorship would be hugely appreciated.