Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Well known Grimsby mo­tor­cy­cle dealer Ge­orge Petch passed away re­cently, aged 74, af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer. Un­til his re­cent re­tire­ment, Ge­orge, along with his wife Anne, ran his Honda deal­er­ship, Ge­orge Petch Wheels, in Brighow­gate, Grimsby. Ge­orge had a life­long pas­sion for both mo­tor­cy­cles and cars, some­thing he turned into a suc­cess­ful ca­reer and busi­ness. Af­ter first work­ing in Grimsby car deal­er­ships, Ge­orge took on re­spon­si­bil­ity for Fred­die Frith Mo­tor­cy­cles in Vic­to­ria Street, Grimsby, af­ter Mr Frith re­tired and the busi­ness was ac­quired by lo­cal busi­ness­man John Dixon. Ge­orge and Anne then took the plunge and ac­quired Ray Grom­met’s mo­tor­cy­cle deal­er­ship in the town, re­nam­ing it Wheels. The busi­ness even­tu­ally moved to Brighow­gate, in 1995, sell­ing both Honda and Suzuki. Ge­orge was a great friend to many and a very pop­u­lar mo­tor­cy­cle dealer who helped many lo­cal rac­ers with­out any fuss. Over 300 peo­ple at­tended his fu­neral at Grimsby Cre­ma­to­rium, a mea­sure of just how pop­u­lar he was. All at Clas­sic Racer send sin­cere con­do­lences to his wife of 47 years, Anne, and all his fam­ily and close friends. Malc Wheeler

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