Bristol Street Motors celebrates 100th Anniversary

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Bristol Street Motors celebrated its 100th Anniversary at the original dealership on Bristol Street in Birmingham on 18 March.

This Ford dealership was transformed into a mini museum for the occasion, showcasing the brand’s heritage. The exhibition featured archive photographs, a collection of newspaper articles, advertisements, posters, and marketing memorabilia.

Also included in the exhibition was a display of classic Ford vehicles and a 1920s Vauxhall Cadet.

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Bristol Street Motors, said: “Over the last 100 years, Bristol Street Motors has been a name synonymous with the best of the motor industry, and when we started the Vertu Motors group nearly 18 years ago, Bristol Street Motors was our first acquisition. As a Midlands lad, I was over the moon to take on such an iconic brand.

“We have grown the business to become a key player within the industry; with more than 100 Bristol Street Motors dealerships across England, the name has become one of the most recognisable motor retailers in the country.”

The event was attended by John Meddings, a 100-year-old former colleague; Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands; Aston Villa’s former captain Dennis Mortimer; and classic Ford enthusiasts.

Forrester added: “Who knows what the motor industry will look like in another 100 years, but we feel the Bristol Street Motors brand has such longevity, that perhaps it will still be supporting drivers in another 100 years.

“Though a lot has changed since 1924, including the technology we use and the vehicles we sell which have evolved considerably, our core principles remain the same; provide excellent customer service and brilliant deals, and you’ll always be on to a winner.”

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