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Builder turned bike dealer sells up to retire

Wildmans Motorcycles of Boston, Lincs, has been put for sale by owner Peter McDowell who is retiring. The 64-year-old has run the business with his wife Lisa since 2007.

The dealership, housed in a splendid double-bay-windowed brick building in the Spilsby town centre conservation area, was established as A. E. Wildman and Son in 1926. It is advertised as “Lincolnshire’s longest-established motorcycle business”.

The dealership sells SYM motorcycles and scooters but mostly second-hand bikes – a total of 100 a year, says McDowell.

“We do between 500 and 600 MOTs a year. We have got an excellent customer base and it’s well known throughout Lincolnshire. We have organised and sponsored Spilsby Bike Night every May since 2009. It’s in aid of air ambulance and it attracts thousands of people, probably 1500 bikes come into the town for the night.”

The sale is of the premises, at £330,000, and the business, including website, which is negotiable. There is a workshop and the Triumph Café. There are two employees, Alan Fixter, a mechanic of 36 years’ experience, and an apprentice, Chris Blake.

The business was founded in 1926 by Ted Wildman, who was an AJS/Matchless dealer but also did Ariel, BSA and most of the British bikes. He died in 1969 when his son John took over. He carried on until he retired in 2005 when the business was briefly owned by Mike Powell. He was about to close it down when McDowell, who had been a builder for 36 years, decided to step in.

McDowell’s interest in bikes goes back to his youth. He was into trials bikes from the age of 12 and was the founder of the North Derbyshire Trials Club in 1980. “It is still going to this day, 36 years later,” said McDowell.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in the trade, met a lot of people. It’s been good.”

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