Meet the 'family'! A few snippets of info about everyone who works here at the shop.
Andrew Wood - Proprietor
Started the business in 1981, at the tender age of 18.
Test rides new and serviced machines, overseeing the various departments, and developing systems to ensure safety and efficiency. Also walks 'security' Alsatians Elle & Sara (now 13 years old) in the morning before work.
Predominently oversees day to day dealing with Ducati since 1989 and Triumph since 1992. One of the original Triumph dealers from the start of the new Hinckley operation, lives in Abergele with Aillie, Elle & Sara.
Owns a Suzuki X7 (bought when he was 17), Katana 1000, a CRF 250, XR 200 and an ST4S. Partner to Aillie for the last 22 years, now turned 50 and feeling it!
Aillie Hardman - Proprietor
Brought in to add glamour to the shop. Intellectual, articulate, but can't spell. Spends a lot of the time telling Andrew where he's going wrong, after 32 years of running the shop. Partner to Andrew.
Just retired a career as a sky-diver, occasionally comes into work.
Owns a Monster 900, which she has done 25,000 miles on and a CRF230 off road bike, entered global Enduro Africa in 2007, 2008 and rode an Enfield around North india in 2010 (don't ask about the Rotang Pass!). Was a British Team 8 way Skydiving member (all ladies) who have been placed 4th in the World Championship standings.
Previously owned bikes include an XV535 and a V75T Guzzi (no ones perfect), saved from the Runcorn, widnes area. Lives with Andrew in Abergele for the last 22 years - apparently needs a gold medal!
Phil Edwards - Technician
Phil 'Eddie' Edwards converted from the Dark Side as a Master Technician in the car industry to become a motorcycle technician and is much happier in his new role. He is slightly vertically challenged but makes up for it with his big character and fits in well in the workshop. He rides a BMW R1200GS, has been factory trained in Italiy (Ducati) and Hinckley (Triumph). He has a full MOT license for all types of vehicles. No kids (Only dogs)
Dave Ellender - Sales
Worked with Andrew in 1994 and 1995 in the Rhuddlan road shop, then went on too look after plas newydd for the National Trust, moved onto the car world as sales and then back into motorcycle sales with us rejoining in 2014 Has multiple bikes and cars. Recently relocated from Anglesey to Abergele.
Mike Frith - Technician
Joined us in early 2011 after 8 years with Honda and KTM. Being a motorcycle technician since leaving school, he's been through Honda's Apprenticeship scheme and gained multiple qualifications since; most recently with factory training at Bologna (Italy) with Ducati and Hinckley with Triumph. Also has a full MOT licence to test class 1 and 2 vehicles.
Raced a CBR600RR at Supersport level, with couple of trophies to prove. Now races a KTM 250 EXC in Enduros and rides a ZX-10R on the road. Lives in Abergele, but is no longer un-hitched - sorry girls!
Has held a few open evenings showing our customers the electronics and laptop systems we use to update their machines, and the technology involved.
Sheryl Grant - Clothing
Sheryl is not a morning person, but loves her coffee! Maintains the Clothing section of our eBay shop.
Now fulltime in the Clothing department, responsible for uploading all our new products onto various websites and dealing with our suppliers. Lives in the centre of Abergele, along with Ronon the labrador and two cats - doesn't ride a bike...
Another Darts player!
Greg Gurgul - Technician
Our newest Technician, Greg has joined us from the car world where he was a master technician.
Has a young family and is currently tackling various projects of his own including a boat and a bobber.
Alan Hackett - Sales
The newest addition to the sales team, having joined us in February 2016.
Alan is firmly wedged in the 1970s and is busy collecting Suzuki inline fours from that era! Currently he has a GS850 & a GS750, and he likes to quote that 'they are the original GS!' whenever anyone mentions the BMW versions!
Currently the proud owner of a new Tiger 800 XRT. Lives in Llandudno,.
Clive Holland - Test Rider & Sales Support
Clive has returned from the classic car & motorcycle trade to once again take care of our road testing duties and a myriad of IT and sales related tasks to help free up our sales team. An avid Yamaha fan, he owns a small collection of 80s and 90s machines.
Alan Hunter - Parts
Alan not only comes from the car world but has been right through it!
Runs our Parts department, and is responsible for our eBay Parts and Accessory shop.
Married to Cheryl who has a ZX6R, has a Triumph Daytona 955 himself, lives in Abergele and sometimes pedals to work across the local park. A very proud grandad!
Donna Jones - Accounts & Clothing
Controls purchase invoices, warranty credits, and a whole host of whatever I leave her to type, works hard managing all of the paper work.
Lives in Llandudno, but originally from Doncaster, the accents still there. She’s also threatened to do her bike test!
Has daughter called Megan, and lives with her partner Claude, and is not about to perish from over-excersion!
Will Mollatt - Service Manager
Recently married and a complusive GSXR1000 owner, although he is currently between bikes! Orgainses our workshop diary and warranty claims.
Anna Revell - Sales
Anna came to us from the car world to initially help provide us with maternity cover in the Clothing department. She then became employed fulltime in Clothing and in 2008 moved into the Vehicle Sales department initially to help out, but in 2011 Anna joined the department as a fulltime Saleswoman. Has two children, Agatha and Harry and lives in Buckley, rides a Honda CBR600F.
Denzel Simon - Technician
One of our first intake of apprentices in 2012. Now working full time here in our workshop after 4 years of training at college and Triumph. Yet to do his motorcycle test. Lives in prestatyn with his partner.
Helen Thomas - Accounts
After 39 years at the HMRC office, Helen has joined us in the Account department to look after reports and projects.
Lives in Llangernyw on a small-holding, with Chickens, Ducks, Quail and horses.
Joe Tideswell - Technician
One of our first intake of apprentices in 2012. Responsible for new vehicle arrivals, pre delivery inspections and a whole host of services. Lives with his partner in Rhos-on-sea, has a Honda CBF125.
Sara - Security
Elle (now in doggie heaven) & Sara were born on 16th June '03, both girls, one long and one short haired.
They can never replace Cally & Cleo, at present they're pretty mischievous and have their own strong individual characters!
They are well known amongst our customers and espcially the customer's kids who insist on 'saying hello', and they remember anyone who brings biscuits/food into the shop for them!
Getting stubborn like Aillie as they get older, I think they get that from her.