Students re-create iconic Harlequin vehicle at Sighthill Campus

A group of Accident Repair Body and Paint Principles students have completed their own interpretation of one of the most famous cars of the 90s.

The students, who learn their trade at the College’s Sighthill Campus, have spent months restoring a Volkswagen Golf to its former glory while taking a step back in time, making it look like the famous Harlequin Polo by the same manufacturer in 1993. (Full image gallery below)

Body Repair students started the course by assessing the requirements of the job before carrying out the repairs safely, using industry recognised techniques to a very high standard. The students followed the correct OEM repair methods in the removal and refitment of all the non-permanently fixed body panels, completing the job with a complete functionality check of the vehicle.

Paint students were initially given the car fully stripped down with the panels removed from the car. Together they devised a plan on how the respray of the car would be completed and decide upon the colour scheme. Each student painted at least one panel before sending them back to the panel shop for rebuilding, before receiving the assembled car for flattening and a final polish.

Accident Repair (Paint Principles) student Rhona Marr-Wheatley said: “It’s been brilliant to have been involved in restoring this golf and making our very own Harlequin. I sprayed the front bumper and painted the wing panels.”

The 22-year-old added: “I’ve always wanted to paint, from a young age, but painting on cars never seemed like a career choice until much later and now I love it. I’ve loved every minute of my course and now my aim is to secure an apprenticeship in a paint workshop in Edinburgh.”

48-year-old Sergio Puente, originally from Mexico, studies Accident Repair (Body Principles). He started the course due to his love for working in the automotive industry, despite having a masters degree in Internet Business.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the class on the Harlequin Golf, it’s been great fun working on this with my classmates. My job was to repair the bonnet in the body shop and other parts along with other students in the class.

“I love working with cars and other types of vehicles – the part I lover the most is fixing them up, so coming to this course made sense as I was an entry back into an industry I had been away for a long time.”