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special award for tippetts for 60 years' service to honda

Tippetts Motors, which has been a Honda dealer for 60 years, has been presented with the first ever Presidents Award for long service by the Japanese manufacturer. The dealership began selling Honda in 1959 when it became the second British Honda dealer and remains the only original solus dealer in the country.

The company itself has been trading for the past century, since Walter Tippett first opened for business in 1919.

In a Facebook post, Mark Alexander, pictured, wrote: “The journey began with my father Phil Alexander and Jack Wheeler followed by my brother Richard Alexander and myself and of late my wife Sue Alexander … We would like to thank the Honda family and all our loyal customers for their continued support. We also thank our loyal staff members past and present.”

After its foundation in 1919, Tippetts started repairing cars on Arlington Road, Surbiton. In 1937 the firm moved to its present location on Ewell Road. By then the main focus of the business had shifted to motorcycles and a steady supply of AJS and Matchless machines passed through the doors.

As the Second World War ended, Tippetts took on Phil Alexander and Jack Wheeler, founder Walter Tippett died, and in 1959 Tippetts Motors (Surbiton) Ltd was launched as a limited company. A stroke of luck in helping Honda to retain the Maudes Trophy – a motorcycle endurance test established in 1923 – resulted in the offer of the Honda franchise.

 

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