Ashford Garage races to support BEN with motorcycle donation

Award-winning Bosch Car Service garage, D&D Autos, has shown its support to BEN, making a significant donation following an auction at an event hosted by the automotive charity.

Having attended the annual event, Matthew Pestridge of D&D Autos decided to dig deep and back the charity by bidding on – and ultimately winning – a Suzuki motorcycle listed as a key lot at the evening’s auction. Having now taken delivery of the GSX-R600 bike, the garage has finalised its donation to BEN, totalling a figure in the region of £11,000.

“As a garage we have long been aware of BEN, but this is definitely our biggest involvement with the charity to date,” said Matthew Pestridge Director at D&D Autos. “I attended the awards as part of the Bosch Car Service Forum, and having seen the great work the charity does I decided to get involved and support what is a very worthy cause.”

The donation follows what has been a busy period for the garage, a highlight of which was being named as Business of the Year in the 2015 Kent Invicta Chamber Awards. As a well-known employer of apprentices and shirt sponsor of local football team, Ashford United FC, the garage is an active member of its community.

Provided to BEN for the auction by Suzuki, the GSX-R600 has a lightweight chassis featuring a compact wheelbase and race-developed suspension. It was developed to celebrate the manufacturer competing in the premier class of racing, and delivers a real-world demonstration of Suzuki’s race-proven technology.

BEN is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry and their family dependents. The organisation’s annual ball takes place every December at Grosvenor House in London, offering world-class entertainment while showcasing the progress BEN has made and how it continues to support the automotive industry.

D&D Autos of Orbital Park, Ashford, is a member of the Bosch Car Service national network of garages, comprising of 500 members in the UK and Ireland, a Bosch programme to provide motorists with a high quality and technically competent alternative to main dealer car servicing and repair, for all vehicle makes and models. All Bosch Car Service garages work to a Code of Practice approved by the Trading Standards Institute.

Customers interested in booking an appointment with D&D Autos should contact the team on 01233 504765, or visit

Above: Matthew Pestridge of D&D Autos with the bike


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