Motoring Through 50 Years

Roy Chapman team on forecourt

The Roy Chapman garage, which began life in Berkhamsted, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The company moved to Western Road, Tring, in 2017, where it has built up a large following of old and new customers with its All Makes servicing, MOT, and repair centre.

Roy Chapman Old VanRoy Chapman told Berkhamsted Living: ‘My wife Anne and I opened our first garage in Berkhamsted in 1974, operating at the beginning as a service centre. Over the years, the company grew, and three other outlets were added, and we sold and serviced thousands of new and used vehicles.

‘When I retired about 10 years ago, we decided to downsize drastically, selling off our franchise interests, and Justine, our eldest daughter, took over from me. Justine made what turned out to be a wise decision to concentrate only on service and repairs and, backed by her excellent team, has operated happily and successfully, focusing on our core business of looking after customer needs.

‘Our slogan from day one was Seldom beaten for value or friendliness. We always aim to achieve that, and that has not changed.’

Pictured L-R: Justine Chapman – MD, Gavin Smith – Technician, Ted Bowerman – Service Advisor, Roy Chapman, Anne Chapman, Vicky Kempton – Technician, Paul Craig – Technician, Mike Sims – Valeter, Will Furzer – Technician, Tony Hooper – Service Advisor