Sunday, February 17, 2019

Moto Baldet of Northampton - Triumph Car Dealers 58A

Moto Baldet Ltd are the feature business in this short post about a Standard Triumph car dealer in Northampton.  This is a follow up to my earlier post: Douglas Garage of Northampton - Triumph Car Dealers 58

Probably better known as a microcar and scooter dealer.  Run by Andre Baldet from a garage at Westonia Garage, Weston Flavell, Northmpton.  Moto Baldet also sold cars and for a time were a Standard Triumph dealer.  Whilst they held the Lotus franchise they produced a special edition Elan, the Silver Streak.

Easter bonnet

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review of May 1963: Over 60 bonnet wearers entered for the Annual Easter Bonnet Parade held on Easter Monday at The Racecourse, Northampton.

The parade is sponsored by the Moto Baldet Group of Garages (Standard Triumph dealers) who provide the trophies and organization staff; additional prizes were presented by the Westone Hotel, John London Salon and Eric Ager Studio.

Winner of the cup for The Best Easter Bonnet was Miss Gillian Briggs who had celebrated her 16th birthday the day before the parade.

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If you have any more information or recollections about Moto Baldet or any other Northampton area Standard Triumph dealer such as photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Horners of Manchester - Triumph Car Dealers 74E

This short post is about F Horner & Son Ltd a Standard Triumph car dealer in Manchester.
F Horner & Son Ltd, Manchester advert from What Car magazine July 1977
F Horner & Son Ltd, Manchester advert from What Car magazine July 1977

The original Horners business was established in 1922 as an Austin dealership.  Over the years, F Horner & Son became a landmark on Bury New Road. The Horners family sold out in 1986.  They also had a Vespa and Lambretta dealership on Ayres Road, Old Traffold.

Horners

Horners, which was hard hit by the collapse of Rover in 2005 went on to operate Mitsubishi and Skoda franchises on Bury New Road, Manchester, and on Queensway Rochdale.  Horners Motor Group went bust in April 2010. 

After the business failed two of the senior technicians Philip Rowland and David Gamble together with Deborah Rowland (finance and accounts) formed Horners Auto Repair Centre Ltd.in Swinton.

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If you have any more information or recollections about Horners of Manchester or any other Standard or Triumph dealer in Manchester such as photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to a list of Manchester area Standard Triumph dealers

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:both images from my own collection.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Hollingdrake of Stockport - Triumph car dealer 79

Hollingdrake of Stockport are the feature business in this post about Standard Triumph car dealers in the Stockport area.

Hollingdrake which started as foundry imported La Buire cars from France early in its history.  Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd exhibited La Buire cars at Olympia motor show in 1909. The group had many interested but as demand for cars increased they expanded that side of the business by building, selling and servicing cars.
Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd Triumph Dolomite Sprint advert from Motor 23 June 1973
Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd Triumph Dolomite Sprint advert from Motor 23 June 1973

Some old press adverts





Death of Mr E N Hodgkinson

Mr E N Hodgkinson director of Hollingdrake of Stockport
Mr E N Hodgkinson director of Hollingdrake of Stockport
The death of Mr E N Hodgkinson was reported in the Standard Triumph Review June 1959:
It is with regret that we record the death of Mr E N Hodgkinson, a joint founder and former Chairman and Managing Director of The Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd, Stockport, who have been Standard
Distributors for more than half-acentury.

Mr. Hodgkinson was 83 years of age. His two sons are directors of The Hollingdrake Automobile Co. Ltd; Mr R P Hodgkinson is Managing Director and Mr. E A Hodgkinson is the Group Service Director.

Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd - Town Hall Square

Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square
When Heron group bought the group they rebranded the building as a Heron business for a period before reverting to using the Hollingdrake name again.
Heron Stockport
Heron Stockport
Later the same building was used by H R Owen and sold Lamborghini cars.  H R Owen moved out to new premises after their lease came to an end in 2014.
Lamborghini Manchester
Lamborghini Manchester
The building has been demolished to make way for a new development on the site.
H R Owen, Town Hall Square, Stockport
H R Owen, Town Hall Square, Stockport

Recovery Truck

Hollingdrake Recovery Lorry
Hollingdrake Recovery Lorry
A Dodge recovery lorry from circa 1938 sign written as being from Hollingdrake of Stockport.

Show and Service Week promotion

Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with week long Show and Service promotions.  These were held by the firm at their Bell Street premises: 22 to 26 July 1963.

Subsidiaries and other sites

Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd main site was at Town Hall Square, Stockport.  They had premises in Manchester and Prestbury.

Browetts of Leicester were at one point in their history a Hollingdrake company.

You can read about C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd who were a another company that was a part of the Hollingdrake group from at least 1958 and possibly earlier.

Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd, Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay.

Paramont Garages Ltd of Manchester

Triumph car dealers in Stockport

April 1951
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square,
Smiths of Stockport Ltd, Wellington Road South,

October 1955:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, - phone 4464 - Distributor
Drakeson Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road South, - phone 4249

1959:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, - phone 4464 - Distributor
Drakeson Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road South, - phone 4249
Lane End Motor Co Ltd, 201/207 Welington Road South, - phone 4642/3
Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd, Hopes Carr, Waterloo Road, - phone 4118

Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd was incorporated 7 May 1947, it appears to have ceased trading some time ago. The registrar of companies applied to wind up the company from 26 April 1999 but as at todays date it is still reported active.

August 1961:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, - phone 4464 - Distributor
Clifton Garage (Cheadle Heath) Ltd, 283 Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, - phone Gatley 7414
Drakeson Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road South, - phone 4249
Lane End Motor Co Ltd, 201/207 Welington Road South, - phone 4642/3
Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd, Hopes Carr, Waterloo Road, - phone 4118

February 1965:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, - phone 4464 - Distributor
Drakeson Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road South, - phone 4249
Performance Motors, 283 Stockport Road, Cheadle Heath, - phone Gatley 7414
Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd, Hopes Carr, Waterloo Road, - phone 4118 

September 1968, March 1970:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, - phone 4464 - Distributor
Central Garage (Reddish) Ltd, 181 Gorton Road, - phone Heaton Moor 2853
Drakeson Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road South, - phone 4249
Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd, Hopes Carr, Waterloo Road, - phone 4118

March 1972, March 1974, May 1975:
Hollingdrake Automobilc Co Ltd, Town Hall Square, SK1 3NQ - phone 061-480-4464 - Distributor
Yates Garage (Stockport) Ltd, Hopes Carr, Waterloo Road, SK1 3BQ - phone 061-480-4118

Austin Rover dealers June 1984:
Lex Mead, Wellington Road North, SK4  2PD
The Stockport Motor House Ltd, 35 Buxton Road, SK2 6LZ

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If you have any more information or recollections about Hollingdrake of Stockport, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to Browetts of Leicester who were at one point in their history a Hollingdrake company

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Dodge recovery lorryphoto by vg92 on flckr; the old press adverts were posted on the historyworld website in their advert museum;

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

K J Motors Ltd and Loxleys of Bromley and Orpington - Triumph car dealer 78

This blog post is about business that has been known by two different names K J Motors Ltd and Loxleys of Bromley and Orpington.

Loxleys of Bromley and Orpington - Triumph car dealer were first established in Bromley in 1919.

Bromley is both a town and London brough. Orpington is now a town in the London brough of Bromley. Before the creation of Greater London in 1965, Orpington was in the county of Kent.
The business held many different franchises over the years. In 1957 as can seen from these adverts they were selling Vauxhall, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rover and Standard Triumph cars.
K J Motors Ltd 1957 advert 01
K J Motors Ltd 1957 advert 01

K J Motors Ltd 1957 advert 02
K J Motors Ltd 1957 advert 02

Principally based in Bromley and Orpington the business has had several branches over the years. 
K J Motors forecourt
K J Motors forecour Vauxhall and Standard Triumph dealership, Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent.

Owen Wilson Jones

Wilson Jones at Brooklands 1925
Wilson Jones at Brooklands 1925
Owen Wilson Jones was the founder owner and Managing Director of K J Motors.  During the 1920's he raced a Salmon car at hill climbs and speed trails.  He also raced at Brooklands.  He competed in the 200 mile race race at Brooklands in 1924 and broke several class records.
Owen Wilson Jones
Owen Wilson Jones

Brochure

K J Motors Ltd dealer address sticker on a Triumph 2000 brochure
K J Motors Ltd dealer address sticker on a Triumph 2000 brochure

Triumph car dealers in Bromley and Orpington

Key fobs

K J Loxleys key fob
K J Loxleys key fob

Loxleys key fob
Loxleys key fob

Business cards


St Christophers badge


Standard  Triumph training day

This photo was posted by Patrick Uden to the K J Motors facebook group.  Frank Uden is sitting 2nd left at a Standard Triumph Training day in 1955.

Land Rover service


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If you have any more information or recollections about K J Motors Ltd or Loxleys of Bromley and Orpington, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to post about  Carrs AutoSales Ltd of Croydon

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: K J Motors Ltd dealer address sticker on a Triumph 2000 brochure from eBay advert; K J Motors forecourt + business cards + key fobs +1957 Advert + St Christophers badges  photos by Chaz Wells; Owen Wilson Jones photo from https://richdolman.wordpress.com; Key fobs