The Motor trade and The Reynolds Family
Richard is the 4th generation of the Reynolds family to work in the motor industry, spanning almost 100 years. He started working in the industry cleaning vans at a commercial dealership on Saturdays and in school holidays at the age of 14. Although working for a short spell at a BMW garage, Richard has spent the rest of his career at Reynolds of Selby. In 2014 he become one of the youngest Fellows of the Institute of the Motoring industry in the UK.
His father (and founder of Reynolds of Selby) Steve Reynolds worked in the industry throughout his career, spanning almost 50 years. Starting off as a vehicle mechanic, he was a BP Motor Mechanic of the Year Finalist before moving into car sales and dealership management, and finally opening his own dealership in 1995. He was elected a Member of the Institute of the Motoring Industry, and lead Reynolds of Selby to become the UK’s Garage of the Year in 2012.
Steve’s farther, Leslie Reynolds served in the RAF as a vehicle mechanic during WWII. Whilst serving, he also learned to drive bulldozers and heave earth moving equipment, and in the 1950s he continued to drive and operate heavy machinery. In 1968 he and opened his own repair garage (Angel Garage in Flockton, Nr Huddlesfield).
Leslie’s farther, George "Carl" Reynolds started G.C. Reynolds & Son., a haulage / taxi business in the 1920s. Using an American Buick charabanc, he would take the mill girls to work during the week, and take holiday makers to Skegness or Blackpool during weekends. Quite a different drive than it would be now, no motorways or smooth tarmac roads back then!