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George Petch retires and recalls days before red tape

Dealer George Petch, 73, has retired after 42 years in the bike industry.

He has sold his solus Honda and Suzuki franchises (GP Honda and GP Suzuki) to car retail and investment businessmen Shaun Kamis of Hull.

The premises, which stand side-by-side in Brighowgate, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, will be run on Kamis’s behalf by Kawasaki and Yamaha dealer Rob Stewart of Robspeed Motorcycles, Grimsby. Thus Stewart now represents the Big Four Japanese manufacturers in the area. The franchises will continue to trade as GP Honda and GP Suzuki, and it is hoped that George Petch’s staff of seven will be kept on. 

Petch is now looking forward to spending time with his wife Anne and indulging his interest in steam and model railways. A keen touring motorcyclist, he has had to give this pleasure up due to a medical condition, but he can still enjoy wind-in-the-hair travel thanks to driving a sports car.

“I have really enjoyed the business and had some super trips with Honda, BMW and Suzuki,” said Petch, “but I am now at an age when I ought to retire, and it’s no fun any longer because of the paperwork and legislation. 

“Overall, though, it has been good, especially in 2004 when we were on a roll. All the staff were well known locally and the business was going well. It had taken 20 years to get there, but it was very satisfying.”

More in the next issue of BDN.

Picture: Grimsby Telegraph

 

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