A MECHANIC from Crymych has been named Wales’ most photogenic car repairer, landing £3,000 and a modelling contract.

Emrys Wilson, 23, is the winner of S4C’s mechanics and modelling competition, Ffasiwn Mecanic. As well as his cash prize, Emrys will model for world-wide clothing brand Dickies; he will be the face of Aston Martin, Vantage car magazine and appear in JD Classic’s car showroom in Mayfair, London.

Emrys says he intends to use his prize money to buy new car equipment but that he has no plans at the moment to venture into the modelling world.

Ffasiwn Mecanic featured a nationwide hunt to find a mechanic who had the potential to transform the image of the car maintenance industry in Wales.

The competition started with 10 mechanics who were set a series of challenges over six weeks, from fixing troublesome motors to strutting their stuff for the cameras. One by one the competitors were sent home, leaving just three to battle it out in the final: Annie Parry, from Croeslon; Dan Griffiths, also from Crymych and Emrys.

In the final episode, the mechanical challenge sorted the Mazdas from the Mercedes; the finalists had their competence tested in every way possible as they changed an air filter and car battery against the clock. In the modelling challenge, they had to re-enact a classic photo of Sean Connery as Jones Bond in front of an Aston Martin.

In the mechanical challenge Emrys was the standout competitor, he knew what he was doing and finished well before the clock ran out.

He also impressed photographer and judge Kristina Banholzer who said he “nailed” the modelling challenge in the final.

"I’m more in shock than anything else,” said Emrys. “It feels great to have been able to complete all the tasks, that I did everything the judges expected of me and that I look good, professionally.

“Before going on to the catwalk in London I was shaking and sweating. Most of all, I’m glad that I succeeded to complete the mechanical tasks as that’s my job! I feel brilliant, but it hasn’t sunk in yet."