We are backed by 100 years of motoring knowledge

If you are following us on our social media platforms you might have noticed our #100for100 hashtag and be wondering what it is all about. It’s all part of a wider celebration that we are having this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Retail Motor Industry Federation. Still confused? Allow us to explain…..

The Retail Motor Industry Federation is a leading automotive trade body in the UK, representing garages, bodyshops, motorcycle dealers and number plate dealers who provide sales and services to motorists and businesses across the UK. What’s this got to do with you? Well, without going into too much detail, within the Retail Motor Industry is the Independent Garage Association – the organisation that first launched Trust My Garage three years ago.

This means that our garages, and the services they provide, are backed by one of the oldest automotive trade bodies in the UK. We have 100 years’ of automotive experience behind everything we do. That’s huge! It means that we know the garage trade inside out and when it comes to raising the standards of independent garages, for the benefit of you, the motorist, we know what steps we need to take to make visiting an independent garage a more pleasurable experience.


And already we have signed up over 2,000 independent garages throughout the UK that have the same vision as us – to provide the very best service each and every time. Our recent application for code status reinforces our commitment to you and is an important part of our drive to raise standards across the entire independent garage sector.

One hundred years is a long time and to have this level of backing brings you even greater reassurance when you visit an independent garage for an MOT, service or repair. Just to put into perspective the experience and knowledge of the industry that we are backed by, we have been tweeting 100 things that are 100 years old this year. Get ready for a trip down memory lane as we reveal the full list below:

100. Grand Central Terminal – still one of the busiest train stations in America

99. The Radio Society of Great Britain

98. Crosswords – people started trying to work out number 15 down 100 years ago!

97. Benjamin Britten

96. The British Ecological Society

95. The Chelsea Flower Show – still going strong after 100 years

94. The Aston Martin Lagonda – still serviced by many of our members today

93. It is 100 years since the first car exceeded 100 mph – the Vauxhall 30-98!

92. Moreton Hall School in Shropshire

91. The death of Emily Wilding Davidson – the famous suffragette died 100 years old

90. Nela Pook in Cleveland

89. Rita Conway from Newcastle, much to her own surprise! http://ow.ly/pUv67

88. The Woolworth building – one of the oldest skyscrapers in the US

87. The Apollo theatre in New York

86. Also in New York – the Hotel McAlpin

85. Canberra, the capital of Australia

84. The 1913 Herschell-Spillman Antique Carousel

83. Blue Bunny Ice Cream and Parlor Museum in America

82. The city of Armstrong

81. Indian cinema

80. Bowlers Journal magazine – still a popular sporting publication

79.  The Mini factory – a car that has come a long way over the course of 100 years

78. The very first parcel post deliveries

77. Jack Johnson, world heavyweight boxing champion was on the run from the law 100 years ago

76. The Alva automobile

75. The Ford Motor Company installed its first ever moving assembly line 100 years ago

74. The Tour de France

73. Coventry Transport – still providing a bus service today

72. Barrie Country Club

71. The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors

70. Washington State Park

69. Seminole Country Club in America

68. The science museum in London

67. Richard Nixon – the famous US president was born 100 years ago. His memory still lives on

66. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

65. King’s College Hospital in Southwark

64. The bra! The first modern brassiere to receive a patent was invented in 1913

63. Windscreen wipers – they were made standard on all motor cars in 1913

62. Geological time scale – the first geologic time scale was proposed 100 years ago

61. Brillo pads – You’ll find no stains on our member garages!

60. Stainless steel

59. Home rule for Ireland – accepted by the British House of Commons 100 years ago

58. The first four engine aircraft was built and flown in 1913

57. Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Join in with them on Twitter using #Hellmanns100

56. Income tax in America – it was first introduced to the US in 1913

55. T-shirts – the first ever basic white t-shirt was first made available to those in the US Navy in 1013

54. Southend High School for Girls

53. Hertford College’s Bridge of Sighs in Oxford

52. Thomas Moore Toymaster store in Exeter

51. British educational psychology – the subject was first taught in London in 1913

50. Twickenham film studios

49. The Scotch Whisky Association

48. Vanity Fair magazine

47. 191 British motorists – just ask the Daily Mail http://ow.ly/pUGxG

46. Eiji Toyota – the man responsible for shaping the modern day Toyota company, sadly died last month

45. The art-deco Scala cinema in Nottingham

44. Shooting rifle the Eddystone M1917

43. Charlie Chaplin’s film career – he first signed a film contract 100 years ago

42. Prada – the first dress shop opened in 1913

41. Picasso – the famous artist first displayed his work in an exhibition in New York 100 years ago

40. The Dublin Lockout – trams stopped in Dublin 100 years ago as staff went on strike requesting more money

39. Steak and stout pie – the popular favourite was first made in Cornwall 100 years ago

38. Film classification started in 1913 with the British Board of Film Censors starting up

37. The Uruguayan Air Force

36. The American Soccer Federation

35. Fertiliser – it was first produced in Germany in 1913

34. The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of America

33. Camel cigarettes

32. HMS Queen Elizabeth – the famous oil-fired battleship was created in 1913. It was scrapped in 1948

31. The German Life Saving Society

30. The Lincoln Highway in America

29. Albanian independence

28. Unemployment and maternity benefits – they were first introduced in 1913!

27. Birmingham Repertory Theatre

26. Highbury – the famous previous home of Arsenal Football Club was constructed in 1913

25. Potato crisps – they were first manufactured commercially by Carter’s Crisps of London 100 years ago.

24. Sons and Lovers – the first great novel from DH Lawrence

23. Elevators – the first public elevator opened in 1913

22. The Michelin guide to the British Isles

21. Avant Garde – the first Avant Garde art show opened in America 100 years ago

20. The Palace Theatre on Broadway

19. China’s first ever parliament

18. The zip – first patented in 1913

17. Peace Palace in the Netherlands

16. PSV Eindhoven football club

15. Loop the loop – the very first airplane looped the loop 100 years ago

14. Movie serials – the very first was ‘The Adventures of Kathlyn’. Today, drama serials are popular on television all over the world

13. The demountable tire carrying rim – a major invention in the tyre industry

12. National Institute of Arts and Letters in America

11. Cracker Jack box prizes – the popular American snack introduced prizes in its packaging 100 years ago

10. Mapperley Plains Primary School in Nottingham

9. The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

8. The US Presidential public speech

7. British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe – who is still alive today!

6. The Pygmy hippopotamus – the animal was first identified in 1913!

5. The Harvard University Press

4. Cheadle Primary School in Staffordshire

3. Bromsgrove Unionist Group in the West Midlands

2. Parachutes

1. The Retail Motor Industry Federation

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TRUST MY GARAGE (TMG) is a scheme developed for independent garages by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) to recognise the high standards of independent garages throughout the UK.

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