With the recent news (Beacon, September) that Peter Bainbridge was packing away his tools for good, speculation has been rife about ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, and even ‘if’ anything was going to happen in his old premises.
Well, now it’s official; there’s some new boys on the block. Ryan Shaw and Tyrone van Graan from Lynfield Automotive have teamed up to open a new auto repair business in Bainbridge’s Blockhouse Bay premises. Although a new business, Ryan, who will be the face of Bay Auto Repairs, hopes that it will be ‘business as usual’ for many of Bainbridges customers. “We’ve taken over Peter’s phone number and vehicle records, so we’re working hard to make sure the transition for customers is a smooth one.”
The pair have had a long working history together. Ryan started in the automotive trade as a 16-year-old in Green Bay in 2003, apprenticed to Tyrone. Tyrone at that time was working for Dave Connelly, who owned several of the local Shell/Z stations. Tyrone eventually bought Lynfield Automotive from Dave and Ryan came with him. Ryan claims with a grin that he is still in his first job.
Tyrone began his trade with BMW in South Africa, and at age 25 he opened his first shop. He worked there for 3-4 years then emigrated to New Zealand, working for BMW in Wellington for 3.5 years before moving to Auckland.
Upon hearing about Peter Bainbridge’s retirement, the pair made enquiries with a view to Ryan setting up his own workshop in Peter’s premises. Both Ryan and Tyrone are excited at this new opportunity.
With a new qualified mechanic to cover Ryan’s former role in Lynfield, and Tyrone’s son Lee transferring his apprenticeship to Ryan, the boys are sure they’ve covered all their bases. And Ryan even has his mum Sheryl on reception.