13 01, 2020

Soybean cars or vegan interiors?


It's generally recognised that Lohner - Porsche produced the first 'hybrid' car in 1898, then in 1906 the very first electric powered car was produced by Mercedes -Benz. In 1941 Henry Ford invested millions of dollars and produced the worlds first 'eco friendly' prototype vehicle, known as the 'Soybean car.' [...]

13 01, 2020

Customers of all shapes and sizes


The Greater London area is a melting pot of cultures; etc., but how do you attract them, and How do you retain them? Well it helps in attracting them if you have a fantastic franchise like Porsche and are based in the greater London area.  It also helps if you [...]

13 01, 2020

Auditors :- The ‘big four’ and the motor trade


With the recent accounting debacles concerning the collapse or near collapse of numerous huge businesses like Carillion, Interserve and Patisserie Valerie, I was reminded of an accounting 'incident' during my time with Porsche. Many years ago I was chatting to a friend, who happened to be an accountant, about the fact [...]

13 01, 2020

Problems fixed and problems created


I was in Fastlane Elstree recently sitting beside a lady who was collecting her car after it had been repaired.  She had a bit of a sorry tail to tell.  Her 6 month old C Class Mercedes - Benz had been damaged along the drivers side in a supermarket car [...]

13 01, 2020

The ‘Brigadier General’: Bluffer in Chief


In the 70's and 80's the 'Brigadier General' ran the biggest and best known used car business in and around London. He client base included MP's, pop stars, city traders, and sometimes even normal mortals like you and me. He didn't call around the local dealerships much himself to buy his used [...]

13 01, 2020

Old Sam


J.E. Coulters was my first place of work and the main Ford dealership in which the bold Constantine Rogan had introduced me to the finer machinations of the motor industry. It was a lively place to work in the mid/ late 1960's, and despite everything that was going on politically [...]