AA Announces its Top Recovery Patrol

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Motorcycle enthusiast Alan Price from Bristol is hitting top gear after being crowned Recovery Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA’s recovery patrols – at the recent AA Employee Awards.

I was stunned but very proud to carry the flag for the AA recovery patrols.

In his new role, he will spend the next 12 months representing the UK’s biggest motoring organisation within the motor industry and before the media.

The judging began in January with local managers nominating recovery 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 51-year-old, who is married with two children, has had a varied career with the AA starting out as an AA roadside patrol in 1977. He worked his way up the ranks before working for the AA’s European operation in France. After working for a contractor for three years, he was keen to return to the road and rejoined the AA as a recovery patrol.

He’s made some memorable rescues in his time at the AA: getting the singer Duffy to a venue after a breakdown nearly threatened her first gig after getting to number one; rescuing a lottery winner; recovering Del Boy’s Reliant van; and, most importantly, meeting his future wife at the roadside in 1980 – she broke down on the way to work.

He’s interested in most team sports, particularly rugby and cricket, enjoys military history and still speaks fluent French from his time working over there. A keen motorcyclist, his dream bike would be a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra.

Alan says: “I was stunned but very proud to carry the flag for the AA recovery patrols. I’ve worked in various parts of the AA but always loved working as a patrol – you get to help different people every day and see many parts of our wonderful country.”

Steve Dewey, AA Road Operations Director, says: “Alan’s had a long and fantastic career with the AA, so this award caps this off nicely. He’s ‘yellow-blooded’ and typifies the dedication to service and professionalism that our patrols pride themselves on.”

In a double success for the South-west, the new AA Patrol of the Year is 34-year-old Paul Leather from Weston-super-Mare. Paul, and his fellow roadside patrols, drive normal patrol vans while Alan, and the other recovery patrols, rescue vehicles that can’t be fixed at the roadside. They drive flat-bed recovery trucks and spend the longest time on the road with AA breakdown cover members.

High-resolution photographs of Alan are available by calling 01256 492886. He is also available for interview and days out with him on the road can be arranged.


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