Old NW car dealers

Old NW car dealers

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Nolar Dog

8,786 posts

159 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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sider said:
Also, not a franchise, but does anyone remember Fast Lane Sports cars in Standish?


Anyone remember when Aidan Piers were quite big too??
I remember both of those very very well indeed.
Also Warrender in Bolton. Anyone remember him?

He was probably the most popular place at the time to buy an Impreza or Mitsu Evo.

I also remember Red Rose car centre on the A6(?) just through Blackrod.
Used to buy a few RS Turbos and Cosworths out of there.

It was similar to BOC in that the place was made up of about half a dozen dealers all under one roof.
Used to love bombing up there on a Sunday afternoon.

sider

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2,049 posts

185 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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Also near Blackrod - Deeway Sports Cars.

plasticpig

12,284 posts

189 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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sider said:
Also, another local name were Dimma, at Weaverham; now Adamsons Sports and Performance.

Anyone remember when Aidan Piers were quite big too??
I remeber Aidan Piers very well. My brother was one of the owners.

sider

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2,049 posts

185 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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I think Aidan Piers are still going - but in a very very small capacity.

I saw a car for sale with them on Auto trader, around this time last year.

plasticpig

12,284 posts

189 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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sider said:
I think Aidan Piers are still going - but in a very very small capacity.

I saw a car for sale with them on Auto trader, around this time last year.
They are. But my brother isnt involved any more. They advertise on Ebay.

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/aidanpiers_W0QQ_nk...

RetroWheels

3,371 posts

235 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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Anyone remember Bluebird Engineering in Chester ?
They used to deal in Range Rovers (c 1980's), they specialised in converting new (export)3 door models into "Custom Vans" .
This was when the 5 door models were being offered by Land Rover - not sure if you could even buy a 3 door from a main dealer at the time.
They also carried out rebuilds on Rangeys, where customers could spec diesel engines and non standard paint etc.
They used to have a big advert in the Automart - always a really good place to visit.

the prescotts

375 posts

157 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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5 wh said:
sider said:
There are all the old names associated with Peugeot and Robins & Day - i.e.:

- Glanden Motors, Preston
- Birtwistle, Nortwich
- Tom Garner Motors, Manchester (noticed that had gone the other day!!)

I also remember when MTB Jeep used to be a SEAT dealer, and when Bauer Millet were at their old place on Peter Street.
Glanden Motors had the worst radio ads ever(usually on Red Rose Radio)
That would be "Paul Rodgers from Glanden Motors" He used to have a healthy budget for his radio advertising in the early 90's and it shows just how effective it used to be.

mollytherocker

14,348 posts

173 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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sider said:
Also, not a franchise, but does anyone remember Fast Lane Sports cars in Standish?

The 2 owners went their separate ways, one to become Ron Hodgson Specialist Cars, on the other side of Wigan and now at Up Holland; whilst the other moved to Bolton and became Warrender, then relocated to Blackburn, eventually going under and relaunching as SP Motorsport i think, before moving back to Langtree Garage where FLSC were in Standish, and setting up Wicked Kit, again before going under. Not seen much of them for a couple of years since going under.

Also, another local name were Dimma, at Weaverham; now Adamsons Sports and Performance.

Anyone remember when Aidan Piers were quite big too??
I remember Fast Lane Cars fondly and yes it did used to be a Ford franchise! Probably up till about 1990? I remember there being a new RS200 in there for 50k! And a mint Mk1 RS2000 in orange with a yellow stripe for about 8k which we thought daft money at the time! I used to go in there on the way home from school as a kid and take the brochures!

Happy days.

MTR

ad551

1,502 posts

177 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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*Kosta* said:
Stan Palmer still exist in Carlisle as a Scooby agent smile

I think CG Ford still exist, as do the Lloyd group

Edited by *Kosta* on Sunday 8th March 20:54
Stan Palmers are still around.

Lloyds are doing really well, with loads of franchises now.

CG Ford went around 5 or 6 years ago I think, at least the garage in Carlisle is now run by the GK Group.

ray_von

2,736 posts

216 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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Nolar Dog said:
Also Warrender in Bolton. Anyone remember him?

He was probably the most popular place at the time to buy an Impreza or Mitsu Evo.

It was similar to BOC in that the place was made up of about half a dozen dealers all under one roof.
Used to love bombing up there on a Sunday afternoon.
I remember Warrender, pre internet days, buying Top Marques they always seemed to be the place for that sort of car.
BOC, that rings a bell for me. I bought a Clio Williams 1 from Bury Performance Cars, who I think were part of the group?
Was it Tottington Road or something like that. I remember the salesman was David Carradice, if that rings any bells. He told me he had sold a Williams to a certain Ryan Giggs, how times change can't see him in a Clio now hehe

ETA I'm from the north east so I may have the road wrong!

Edited by ray_von on Monday 9th March 13:23

*Kosta*

911 posts

167 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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ad551 said:
*Kosta* said:
Stan Palmer still exist in Carlisle as a Scooby agent smile

I think CG Ford still exist, as do the Lloyd group

Edited by *Kosta* on Sunday 8th March 20:54
Stan Palmers are still around.

Lloyds are doing really well, with loads of franchises now.

CG Ford went around 5 or 6 years ago I think, at least the garage in Carlisle is now run by the GK Group.
Ah crap i remember now! I shoudlve known really as GK Penrith pissed me off on a few occassions lol

nurburgring1

617 posts

164 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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Gathurst Service Station, Shevington ( now demolished ).... Vauxhall and before that Toyota

Foster Motors, Standish ( Now a Pizza Takeaway ).... VW

Timberlakes, Wigan ( now demolished ).... Austin Rover



darronwall

1,730 posts

160 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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brooklands in chorley,early90s sellers of all sorts of fancy stuff

john7

258 posts

180 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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Timberlakes in Wigan was where I bought my first car - a secondhand 1965 Mini 850. Timberlakes later became Baldwins, which, if I'm not mistaken is where Ron (Hodgson) started his career in car sales. I think he then set up Coppull Motors selling sports & specialist cars which, as pointed out, he is still doing in Up Holland.

sider

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2,049 posts

185 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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And he does so very well.

I went to Ron's place yesterday looking at a Vectra VXR but he was close (on a sunday!!!)

sider

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2,049 posts

185 months

Monday 9th March 2009
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SGL was quite a big name too.

Station Garage Leyland - i think it stood for. The one in Chorley was a big Rover franchise when Rover went under. I think it's a motorhome place now.

AFG - anybody remember them too?? My mate had an old E reg Polo until not long ago that had an AFG Motors sticker in the window.

Another name in the NW in the late 90's/early 00's was Virgin Cars at Salford - the big place that has been every type of car supermarket going! That was quite an experience there - soo many new cars under one roof!! You could easily get a sit in some exotica (ish!) there. I remember going drooling over a Clio V6 as an 18 yr old oik, and when spotted by the salesman, immediately jumped into the Toyota Yaris parked next to it to which he didn't seem as worried about!

nurburgring1

617 posts

164 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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Westmoorland Motors, Wigan.... VW Audi I think, later to become Corkills.

nurburgring1

617 posts

164 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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sider said:
Also, not a franchise, but does anyone remember Fast Lane Sports cars in Standish?

The 2 owners went their separate ways, one to become Ron Hodgson Specialist Cars, on the other side of Wigan and now at Up Holland; whilst the other moved to Bolton and became Warrender, then relocated to Blackburn, eventually going under and relaunching as SP Motorsport i think, before moving back to Langtree Garage where FLSC were in Standish, and setting up Wicked Kit, again before going under. Not seen much of them for a couple of years since going under.

Also, another local name were Dimma, at Weaverham; now Adamsons Sports and Performance.

Anyone remember when Aidan Piers were quite big too??
As has already been said, Ron Hodgson selling cars in Upholland. His business partner, Steve Pillips, does something with Landrovers, import/export? not sure exactly.

NTEL

5,049 posts

204 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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This is going back a bit. BOC near Piccadilly. They had a telly advert jingle.....BOC better people to buy from, BOC its the Earles Court of the North!

mollytherocker

14,348 posts

173 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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nurburgring1 said:
Gathurst Service Station, Shevington ( now demolished ).... Vauxhall and before that Toyota

Foster Motors, Standish ( Now a Pizza Takeaway ).... VW

Timberlakes, Wigan ( now demolished ).... Austin Rover
Fosters! Holy cr@p Bob that is going back a bit! That must of closed about 1985? All the buildings are still there too!

MTR