AA Patrol of the year

Stewart is the AA's 'Topp' Patrol

21 April 2009

AA motorbike patrol Stewart Topp from Sutton, London, is revving up for a year in the spotlight after being crowned Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA's roadside patrols – at the recent AA Annual Awards.

AA Patrol of the year Stewart Topp with his award In his new role, he will spend the next 12 months as the 'public face' of the company, representing the UK's biggest motoring organisation within the motor industry and before the media.

The judging began in January with local managers nominating patrols who were then interviewed and whittled down to a final five. In February, the finalists were put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests, panel interview and mock live TV interviews near the AA's training centre in Leicestershire.

The 35-year-old, who joined the AA 13 years ago, holds the honour of being the first ever AA patrol to use an electric patrol vehicle – a Vectrix electric scooter. His other memorable experiences include driving an old AA Land Rover along The Mall at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, rescuing a tropical lizard found among foliage a member had purchased at a flower market and assisting the police following the 7/7 bombings.

As well as his love of motorbikes, he has an interest in boats, live theatre and travel. His dream wheels are a Buell Lightning motorcycle or an Aston Martin Vanquish.

Stewart says: "It is an absolute honour to be awarded Patrol of the Year, especially as a motorbike patrol. I'm very proud to be one of the prestigious few to have ever achieved this accolade and it's definitely the pinnacle of my career in the motor trade."

Steve Dewey, AA Road Operations Director, says: "All our patrols pride themselves on delivering excellent service, so to beat around 3,000 others is some achievement. Stewart's professionalism, performance and customer care at the roadside impressed the judges, so it's great to be able to recognise this, but he's also been a big advocate of getting patrols back on bikes, which has proved a great success."

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24 April 2009