It was in October 1968 that Ron Taylor took the bold step to set up in the Garage business with his wife Marlene. After looking at various sites the couple settled on premises in Clifton village that were available on a six month lease.
They soon made a success of their new venture buying the premises outright less than two years later and as word spread of the excellent level of service on offer it wasn't long before bigger and better facilities were called for.
Faced with the problem of building a new garage on the site of the old one without disrupting business would have given many people a headache. Not Ron Taylor though as he quickly hit on the idea of building the new structure around and over the old one!
A report in the Lancashire Evening Post Newspaper of the day details the story of how the project was completed with Ron himself doing his fair share of the work in helping Blackpool builder Frank Kay.
Now firmly ensconced in their new premises R.D. & A.M. Taylor, as the business was known, went from strength to strength before a change in circumstances brought about a change in name in 1994.
Their son Duncan had embarked on a career in the design department at Leyland Truck & Bus but that company's merger with Dutch rivals DAF meant Duncan had to relocate to Holland or find new employment. When Ron offered him a position in the family business he jumped at it and so the company name was changed to R.D. & A.M. Taylor & Son the name it bears to this very day.
It may not be long before another name change is required with Duncan's sons Adam and James both expressing interests in joining the team. Indeed during college/school holidays three generations of the Taylor family can often be found at the garage giving service with a smile!