More on Grays
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Sadly, I don’t remember his father – a little before my time, I think – although other names from the past may well ring a bell; the boss Mr Gordon Gray, always known as ‘Guv’, director Mr W W ‘Bill’ Swait, a founder member of the VMCC, general manager ‘Lud’ Koster, his son Malcolm Koster, later took on the same role, before eventually founding Birmingham Motorcycles with Ken Sedgeley!
I think Clive may be in error attributing dad’s business card to a previous period, as two listed – i.e. Wolverhampton and the two Johannesburg shops, were not to my knowledge, opened until the late 1940s, which was my first contact with the firm.
Incidentally, my branch, Wolverhampton, was the last of the once very extensive ‘Grays’ Empire to close in 1989.
Bert Bartlett, Wednesfield
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