A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BUSINESS: FROM ‘PAL & PANTHER’ TO ‘MOTORCYCLE PIT STOP’

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Pic by: Murray Barnard

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BUSINESS:

FROM ‘PAL & PANTHER’ TO ‘MOTORCYCLE PIT STOP’

1929
The business was established by Cyril Collins under the name ‘Pal & Panther Cycles and Motorcycles’, which later incorporated Lawnmowers.
1952
Jim Howe started working at Pal & Panther at the age of 14 years.
1968
Jim became Cyril’s business partner.
1980
Jim’s wife Patricia became a business partner too, with Cyril. Eventually the two bought the business from Cyril when he retired.
1982
At the age of 17years Craig joined the family business as an apprentice motorcycle mechanic
1983
Karen(Craigs girlfriend and later his wife) joined the business as a sales person. Karen still works till this day doing all different types of work in the shop.
1986
Craig finished his apprenticeship and stayed on at the business.
1988
Grand opening of the expanded new shop on the same location in Angove St.
1996
Cyril Collins sadly passes away – aged 89
2004
The beginning of Motorcycle Pit Stop (this is when Craig and Karen started the business inside Pal & Panther as motorbike sales only.)
2005
Craig and Karen’s son Jamie joined the business as an apprentice motorcycle mechanic.
2006
The passing of a loving mother/grandmother/great grandmother Patricia Howe. A sad time for the family.

Jim moved next door with his bicycles and lawnmowers and  retains the name Pal & Panther Cycles and Lawnmowers. Craig and Karen bought the motorcycle business from Jim and incorporated ‘Motorcycle Pit Stop’ with ‘Pal & Panther Motorcycles’ as one business which is known today as Motorcycle Pit Stop.
2009
Jamie completed his Motorcycle Apprenticeship and is currently still working for the family business.     2011                                                                                                                               Jim sold the Pal & Panther Cycles to another family member, then he joined us at Motorcycle Pit Stop, where we keep him busy to occupy his days, he does go missing occasionally for very long lunch breaks, where we will catch him talking to a lot of North Perth locals who have been around just as long as Jim.  2014                                                                                                                                Pal & Panther Cycles was sold out of the family, but due to the economy & internet sales taking over they closed their doors late in 2015 which was a sad day for all.                          2016                                                                                                                           Craig, Karen, Jamie & Jim continue to work hard at  Motorcycle Pit Stop and are always working at being 100% in Customer Service Dedication…

Thankyou for reading our short history…please enjoy the photos below of shop changes over the years…

Regards…

MCPitStop Crew                                                                                                                 Its Not What You Ride…                                                                                                As long as you ride…                                                                                                        Enjoy & Ride Safe… : )

 

A short history of the business was published in 1990 by Murray Barnard – see the article here

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DETAIL OF CHANGES TO SHOP…..

Established 1929

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Expanded to the right

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Yes we did push these bikes in and out everyday

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Out Back Of Shop….
Pathway to Outside Toilet (which was used till new shop)

Tight squeeze between bicycles/motorbikes/tyres/lawnmowers etc..

Also had to carry a bucket of water to flush toilet..

Too bad if first time wasn’t good enough..

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Rubbish Area

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1987 New Beginnings

Start of demolition for new building

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Demolition Continues..

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1987 Start of Rebuild

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Nearly Finished

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Final Cleanup

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New Shop Opened January 13th 1988

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2007 Start Of A New Era

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Thanking you  again for taking the time to read our history      

Regards…

MCPitStop Crew                                                                                                                 Its Not What You Ride…                                                                                                As long as you ride…                                                                                                        Enjoy & Ride Safe… : )